The second player that might need to play in 2020 is defensive end Marcus Davenport. The Saints made a blockbuster trade to move up in the 2018 draft to select the star rusher 14th overall. He had all the traits of a player that might dominate in the NFL.
His pash rushing instincts mixed with his size and speed were just a few of the reasons scouts loved him. The Saints loved him as well. However, Davenport has been hampered by injury and sadly has just underperformed through his first two seasons in the league.
Davenport has just 10.5 sacks in 26 career games and 13 starts. He also has four forced fumbles and 53 combined tackles on his career as well. Davenport has yet to play in over 50% of defensive snaps in either of his two seasons.
The Saints need Davenport to be better, and coming into 2020 healthy, Davenport may be able to thrive on the opposite side of Cam Jordan, another Saint primed for a terrific season. If he breaks out like he very well could, the Saints could have a top-five defense in the league.
He needs 2020 to prove to himself, the team and the league that he’s as good as originally projected to be.