JACKSONVLLE – This was a good day for Ryan Davis.
And if it wasn't the end of a journey, it certainly was a day for appreciating the path he had taken to get to where he spent Friday.
Davis, a third-year veteran defensive end who has been through multiple head coaches, general managers and defensive line coaches – not to mention going through it all as an undrafted free agent – re-signed with the Jaguars on Friday afternoon.
He re-signed with the team as an exclusive rights free agent.
"I'm definitely excited to be a part of this," Davis said Friday afternoon shortly after signing his contract at EverBank Field.
"I think last year we really hit a stride up front. I'm glad to be back and have another year to go at it with these guys I like playing alongside of."
Davis, after signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent from Bethune-Cookman shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft, spent the first part of that season on the practice squad, then signed with the team twice and was released and signed to the practice squad twice more. He finished his rookie season having played in one game.
He spent the 2012 training camp with the Jaguars, then spent the first nine games of that season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster November 15 of that year. Davis has been on the roster since, and played all 16 games last season.
Davis was signed under General Manager Gene Smith, Head Coach Mike Mularkey and defensive line coach Joe Cullen, but made the transition to full-time roster player under General Manager David Caldwell, Head Coach Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash.
"It hasn't been easy to do, but I have a lot of faith," he said. "I stuck with it. Part of being a pro is adapting to whatever is thrown your way. I had to adapt to each regime and when I adapted, I had to excel. Last year was another stepping stone personally, but I still have a long way to go. I never forget how I was undrafted, how I came in.
"Today was a good moment. I'm excited to see what the future holds."
Davis, one of the team's Leo defensive end/linebackers, excelled as an interior pass rusher in the team's lightning package in 2014, getting consistent pressure on the quarterback much of the season. He registered 6.5 sacks in 2014 after registering one in 2013.
"Coach Wash, Coach (Defensive Coordinator Bob) Babich and Coach Bradley – they saw something in me where they thought I could add an element to the rush," he said. "It worked out and I'm just thankful for the opportunity, and I'm really happy about it."
Davis has 7.5 career sacks, with 22 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and two passes defensed.
Exclusive rights free agent DE Ryan Davis signed a contract on Friday.