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New Orleans Saints: 3 pleasant surprises from camp so far

New Orleans Saints, Landon Young (67) - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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Surprises from New Orleans Saints camp – No. 2: Marcus Davenport

After three “meh” seasons, Marcus Davenport is running out of opportunities to shed that bust label that he’s rightfully earned to this point of his career.

The Saints — despite picking up Davenport’s fifth-year option — looked to hit the reset button in a way when they drafted Houston defensive end, Payton Turner, in the first round. Turner has been showing a lot of promise in training camp but that isn’t shocking from a rookie.

Maybe the drafting of Turner helped light a fire under Davenport, who has looked really good in training camp over the first nine practices. His best practice came on Thursday when he lit up the offensive line and notched 3-4 sacks on the day.

Sure, Davenport did this against a Terron Armstead-less o-line, but James Hurst is no slouch. If Turner ends up being the motivating factor for Davenport to play to his potential, then maybe that pick wasn’t so bad after all.

Hopefully, this level of play follows Davenport into the regular season.

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