New Orleans Saints: 3 players with the biggest room to grow in 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Head coach Sean Peyton of the New Orleans Saints reacts during action against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Head coach Sean Peyton of the New Orleans Saints reacts during action against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Marcus Davenport
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Marcus Davenport

A top-15 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Marcus Davenport needs to take his game to the next level this upcoming season.

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The Saints took a risk securing the former University of Texas-San Antonio defensive end, and he needs to reward them for it. Davenport played in 13 games his rookie season, totaling 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks. While that’s not awful, Davenport must be better in year 2.

Left tackle Terron Armstead, who is matched up with Davenport for the majority of training camp snaps, talked about the improved of the young rusher going into his second season. New Orleans Saints writer John DeShazier caught up with Armstead to ask him about Davenport.

“I’m excited about him, I saw it during the season, the progress he’s made as a rusher, understanding rushes more. And I think his progress is only going to continue. We’re going to give each other a hard time during this camp.”

The Saints were a top-five team in opponent’s rushing yards last season. With Davenport’s development, they could potentially have one of the better pass rushes in the league. In 2019, it’s Davenport who needs to break out as the defensive stud for New Orleans.

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