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What you should know about new Browns LB Demario Davis

Demario Davis is officially a Cleveland Brown.

The Browns on Wednesday announced the signing of the former starting Jets linebacker, who enters his fifth season in the NFL.

Davis, who went from a third-round draft pick to one of the leaders of New York's defense over the past four years, could potentially boost a Cleveland defense looking to get more stout against the run under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Here are six things to know about Davis.

1. The basics

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 239 pounds

Age: 27

College: Arkansas State

Hometown: Brandon, Mississippi

2. Durability and consistency

In his four years — all with the Jets, Davis has played in all 64 games and started every contest (48 straight) since 2013. Over that span, he's amassed 349 tackles, including a career-high 116 stops in 2014.

3. 'He's a really impressive person'

The former Jets coach Rex Ryan, who had a hand in drafting Davis to New York back in 2012, was so impressed with the rookie that he compared his leadership qualities to former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who is regarded as one of the league's all-time greats at linebacker.

"I'm not saying Demario is that guy, and there's only one Ray Lewis," Ryan told and other local media organizations in May 2012, "but it's interesting. His face, mannerisms, passion — I see some things, and it's interesting."

Ryan added: "It's rare. I'm not going to say he's the leader Ray Lewis is. But there are some — even when he talks to you, like, 'Wow, he's really an impressive person,' and he gets it. He's a team guy, and he's not an individual guy. He's all about the team, and he is all about business."

4. Quotable

"I don't think leaders are made. Leaders are born," Davis told CBS New York in Aug. 2014.

"Ever since I was a young child, I always told my Mom, 'I'm a leader. I want to be a leader in everything I do.' My Dad always told me at an early age that I should never be a follower."

5. What he brings to the Browns?

​For a defense that struggled in part because of nagging injuries last season, the fact that Davis hasn't missed a game in four seasons is likely a welcomed dynamic. More so, though, he might be the kind of player that fits in Horton's defense considering he played in a similar scheme with the Jets under Ryan and, occasionally, coach Todd Bowles.

Browns coach Hue Jackson and Co. have also made it clear over the last few months they want "high-character" players who handle themselves well on and off the field. Davis, a father of two and well-respected player on and off the field, seems to fit that bill.

A look at newly signed ILB Demario Davis' three-year career. (All photos by AP Images)

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