6 young players that give the New Orleans Saints hope

Leigh Oleszczak
Kenny Stills, Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Kenny Stills, Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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3. Marcus Davenport (25)

What a difference a year makes, huh? This time last year, if I included Marcus Davenport on any kind of positive slideshow, people would have laughed until they cried.

Well, Davenport has shown that he can be that explosive player New Orleans thought they were getting when they traded up to nab him 14th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. After disappointing through the first three years of his career, the Saints surprised a lot of people when they picked up Davenport’s fifth-year option. He’s proving he was worth the gamble.

While Davenport missed four games due to injury, he’s made the most of his opportunities when he was healthy enough to take the field. Through four games, the former first-round pick has totaled 13 tackles, four QB hits, two sacks, and one forced fumble. He’s making an impact when he’s out there and that’s something any Saints fan would have loved to see this time last year.

The fifth-year option being picked up means that Davenport will be back in 2022. He won’t turn 26 until September so if the Saints do keep him past 2022, they’ll have a young explosive pass-rusher entering the prime of his career. Sometimes it’s good to take chances on underperforming players and Marcus Davenport is proof of that.

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