Saints: 3 players that should have their snaps decreased

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Marcus Davenport

Marcus Davenport’s 2020 play has not been subpar, but he, on the other hand, finds his way on this list because his backup is playing at an extremely high level. Davenport has been sidelined with an injury, making his season debut against the Chargers in Week 5.

He is still yet to play in over 65 percent of defensive snaps since his return. In the games where Davenport didn’t make an appearance, his backup, Trey Hendrickson, quietly leads the Saints in every edge-rushing stat on the team.

Hendrickson has played eight games and racked up 7.5 sacks (No. 3 in the NFL) and 8.5 tackles for a loss. He leads the Saints in sacks by over four sacks. He leads the team in tackles for a loss by 2.5 from the second-place rusher.

If I was the Saints right now, I would keep riding the hot hand of Trey Hendrickson. They’ve been seeing about even snap counts up until now, but Hendrickson has done lightyears better than Davenport.

That is why Hendrickson’s snaps need to increase, and Davenport’s need to decrease.