3 impactful players the New Orleans Saints don’t need to win

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates the touchdown of running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter against Tennessee Titans in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates the touchdown of running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter against Tennessee Titans in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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Marcus Davenport

The New Orleans Saints traded quite a bit to go up and get Marcus Davenport in the 2018 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s played well, but he hasn’t been the stud defensive end that the league hoped for. He ended up being the 14th overall pick of the draft.

After two seasons, Davenport has missed six games. In those six games, the New Orleans Saints are undefeated, a perfect 6-0. He missed the last three games of this season which the Saints were still vying for playoff seeding in so they continued to dominate the league.

Davenport is a highly impactful player as the defensive end opposite Cam Jordan, and while the Saints can win without him due to their incredible depth at the position last season, there’s no denying he’s a crucial point of the defense.

The hope is still there for a young Davenport to develop into one of the better pass rushers in the league. After starting all 13 games and hitting a career-high 6.0 sacks last season, things seem to be trending upward.

He must continue to improve though, he will be considered an expendable asset.

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