The New Orleans Saints are entering 2020 with a loaded roster, but players like Marcus Davenport still have quite a bit to prove.
After adding Emmanuel Sanders, Cesar Ruiz and Zack Baun, the Saints are going to enter 2020 with a better roster than they had to end 2019.
A season in which they won an incredible 13 games ended in disappointment with a Wild Card loss. One player who wasn’t on the field for that loss to Minnesota was defensive end Marcus Davenport.
The Saints traded multiple first-round picks to slide up and select Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old has missed three games in each of his first two seasons. Injury concerns will loom, but his lofty expectations won’t.
Let’s just say that, if Davenport reaches his goals, he’ll be considered one of the best rushers in the league. With six sacks last season, Davenport’s one goal according to Saints’ beat writer Doug Tatum is to ” be better than Cam.”
Davenport acknowledges that on the opposite side of the line is one of the best rushers in all of football. Jordan totaled 15.5 sacks last season and 12 the season before. He’s that good, and apparently with age, he’s only getting better.
As for the young Davenport, he has quite a while to go until he reaches Jordan’s level. There’s hope there. The potential is still there. His quickness, his power and his agility should continue to have fans believing in the young athlete’s game.
It’s continually getting more difficult to, but as he improved year-over-year, there’s some reason to believe if he can stay healthy he can take another jump this coming season. Davenport is the X-factor for this defense. We know what we’ll get from Demario Davis and Cam Jordan.
We don’t know what Davenport will get or if he’ll even be on the field.
This is the year for Davenport to re-write the script, and with his lofty goals, he’s looking to do just that.