Saints DE Marcus Davenport “busting his butt” ahead of training camp


It’s been a rough start to Marcus Davenport’s NFL career.  A toe injury shortened the defensive end’s rookie season, then a foot issue cut his sophomore season short a year ago. The Saints 14th overall pick of the 2018 draft has shown flashes of his elite combination of athleticism, power and speed, but needs to show that he can stay on the field. How has Davenport’s rehab been going post foot surgery?     

“When you have an injury, you’re not training that part of the body as much as you can,” said Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. “But, I do feel he’s done the best that he can with his rehab.  He’s busting his butt this offseason, and he’s really put the work in to come back in the best shape that he’s ever been in.”

Expectations remains high for the 6ft6, 265 pound Davenport, who remains on an upwards trajectory heading into what many consider the all-important year 3 in the NFL.       

“He’s definitely got some room to get better and it’s there; the potential and growth is there,” Nielsen said. “I do think that he made a big step last season. There were some games he was playing lights out.”

Marcus Davenport --The only player in the #NFL with a 20.0%+ pressure percentage across 100+ pass-rush snaps. (22.0%)

— Connor Price (@PFF_ConnorPrice) October 8, 2019

Davenport has racked up 10.5 sacks over two seasons, appearing in 26 games. Last year his hurries and pressures increased dramatically from year one, and was sorely missed in the Wild card playoff loss to the Vikings.    

The 24-year-old is a breakout candidate for the Black & Gold as a double-digit sack season is certainly attainable, especially when teamed up with Cam Jordan on one of the NFL’s stronger d-lines.