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Marcus Davenport’s NFL journey hasn’t gone according to plan to this point, which is unfortunate considering the Saints traded up to draft him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Davenport wasn’t a big name in that draft so the move was surprising at the time and after seeing him on the field, it’s continued to be surprising.
Davenport has had a fairly quiet camp to this point, which could be a good or bad thing, but he popped during Thursday’s practice. He shined against Taysom Hill, sacking the elusive quarterback twice and having 3-4 total sacks on the day. Yes, he was going up against backup James Hurst, but Hurst has been a pretty good backup with the Saints, so this wasn’t a cupcake matchup for Davenport.
The Saints shocked a lot of people by picking up Davenport’s fifth-year option despite the lack of production and now is the time for him to prove that he was indeed worthy of having that option picked up. This might not be a do-or-die season for Davenport but he sure needs to play like it is.
Davenport popping during Thursday’s practice was promising but it’s one day and in camp. Hopefully, he can bring that same intensity with him to the regular season and wreak havoc against offensive lines.