Demario Davis throws first pitch at Somerset Patriots game Monday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ ( - Demario Davis figures to be a regular on sports highlights shows once he begins his rookie season with the Jets. On Monday night, however, his only goal was to avoid joining NBA stars John Wall and Dirk Nowitzki on a video reel of ceremonial first pitches gone awry.

"My goal is just to try to get it across the plate," Davis said as he gripped a baseball in the home dugout prior to taking the field at TD Bank Ballpark. "That's what I'm trying to focus on — a strike across the plate. As long as I don't dead it into the ground or throw it over the fence I'm alright."

The outside linebacker and third-round draft choice passed the test under the watchful eye of several fellow rookie teammates, all of whom watched the Somerset Patriots face the Long Island Ducks as part of a Jets-organized outing during two weeks of rookies-only activities.

"I played baseball up until ninth grade," Davis said. "I was playing basketball and running track and you had to kind of pick what you want to do. I wish I had stayed with it. I think I would've got a deal."