Cody Davis has transformed from a Ram to a Jaguar.
Former Stephenville High School football standout Cody Davis signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 15 as an unrestricted free agent.
The signing of the 6-1, 203-pound defensive back was announced online (www.jaguars.com) on the team’s website.
Davis, 28, joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 draft out of Texas Tech University.
During his high school career, Davis was an all-state defensive back his final two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, including first-team all-state honors from both the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association following his junior year.
His senior year he earned second-team all-state recognition from the AP, after being voted District 8-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player.
He was inducted into the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Davis began his NFL career five years ago, with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.
“It’s huge; it’s the highlight of my career so far, being able to come in to free agency and find a team that pursued me and really wanted me,” Davis was quoted as saying in the Jaguars’ online post. “I’ve come to a great situation here in Jacksonville. It’s a great defense, and hopefully I can contribute on defense and special teams.”
Last season, the Jaguars’ defense ranked No. 3 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, at just 86.3 per contest. They were sixth in overall team defense in 2017, allowing 384 yards a game.
Davis played 65 games in five seasons for the Rams. Davis, a safety who got most of his playing time on special teams, has intercepted two passes — one in each of the last two seasons. He broke up seven passes with the Rams.
The Jags’ website states that the signing of Davis was to add depth to the team’s defensive secondary, and to improve the squad’s special teams because of his NFL experience in that capacity.
“You can see through the free-agency signings there’s an emphasis there (on special teams),” Davis stated on the Jags’ team website. “I want to come in and play defense for sure. Wherever I’m needed I’m going to give it my best and hopefully improve on defense and special teams.”
Last season with the Rams, Davis reportedly was sidelined for eight weeks when he was placed on Injured Reserve with a thigh injury.
Davis has been returning to Stephenville to host a youth football camp each summer. The 2017 youth camp was his fourth in Stephenville.