5 extremely bold predictions for the New Orleans Saints in 2020
Number Four: Marcus Davenport Will Breakout
Marcus Davenport hasn’t entirely lived up to the hype of being the number 14 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but the 6-foot-6 defensive end, I believe, will have a breakout season in 2020.
Many people are too quick to pull the trigger on calling Davenport a bust, but if you look at the numbers, he’s been all but that. While he’s no Cam Jordan, Davenport’s numbers have been improving.
Let’s take a gander at Davenport’s rookie season stats. In just 13 games played (same as in 2019 for comparison), Davenport logged 22 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 12 quarterback hits, four and a half sacks, one forced fumble, 17 pressures, and three hurries.
In 2019 he drastically improved in almost every category as he logged 31 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback hits, six sacks, three forced fumbles, 26 pressures, and 12 hurries.
Fellow defensive end Cameron Jordan is coming off a career-high 15.5 sack season and will likely draw more attention leaving Davenport alone to dominate the opposite side.
With likely more opportunities to succeed as plays are likely going to go his way rather than Jordan’s, Davenport has all the ability and physical traits to breakout in 2020.