Jaguars' Ryan Davis excited to go up against hometown Bucs
Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis grew up cheering for the Bucs, but he had to put that aside for a few hours during Wednesday's joint practice between the two teams in Jacksonville.
"Any time you get to go up against your favorite team growing up, it's always fun," Davis said. "And the aspect of not beating up on your teammates and beating up on someone else for a change, that's also fun. You get a realistic look of what you're going to get in a game, because our teammates know us pretty well. You go up against guys that aren't famliar with you, and they still have to stay true to their principles."
Davis played at Blake High School and later at Bethune-Cookman, and has been with the Jaguars since 2012, totaling 11 sacks in the last three seasons. He's become friends with a handful of Bucs offensive linemen -- Kevin Pamphile, Donovan Smith, Josh Allen and Gosder Cherilus -- through his brother Ronnie, who cuts the players' hair at Boyz 2 Men at Florida Avenue and Waters.
"Big Ron" also played at Blake and in college at Albany State and Tuskegee, and hopes to be at Bucs games this fall with kids from his brother's foundation -- Ryan hosted a "Back to School Bash" at Dowdell Middle School last month, donating 500-plus backpacks filled with school supplies to area children.
Ryan Davis got a homecoming game last year when the Jaguars played the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium, losing 38-31, but he'll have another chance against his old team in Saturday's preseason game at EverBank Field.