Marcus Davenport is the best defensive player that nobody is talking about

Saints DE Marcus Davenport may be from another planet

By: Jake Rajala

When Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport takes the field, you will surely witness the closest thing to an offensive tackle being pushed back into in a quarterback’s lap every play. In 2021, the 25-year-old DE for the Saints has truly learned to utilize his 6’6 frame and 4.58 40 time in 2021. Nonetheless, the injury bug has continued to hurt the edge player’s appearances, as he’s only played “eight of the 14 games” this season. 

Davenport and Jadeveon Clowney struggle to contain their giant-like frame mixed with a near Olympic runner explosion, as they’ve routinely been injured in their playing careers. 

Even if Davenport has been MIA in six contests this season, the player has been productive and the utmost efficient when healthy and on the field. On October 26th, it was well painted how Davenport was the “most effective edge player” by PFF. As it stands now, Davenport is the third-ranked edge defender per PFF. The DE has not been a reliable source of health Still, it’s been a roller coaster ride strapped with dynamite for the fourth-year pass rusher. 

Here is a deeper look at Davenport’s key stats on the season:

  • 6.5 sacks in eight games (translates to 13.8 sacks in 17 games) 
  • Nine tackles for loss (equals 19 TFLs in 17 games)

The Saints DE is like a bolt of lightning when he comes off the line of scrimmage. Saints defensive coordinator has proudly called Davenport the best defensive player. It’s not a slouch comment by Allen, especially when the Saints defense fields Marshon Lattimore, Demario Davis, and Cameron Jordan (NFC defensive player of the week in Week 15). His playmaking ability has been blatantly obvious in the run and pass game. As portrayed above, the Saints DE would be in the conversation as one of the top defensive players in the league if he could stay on the field just a bit more. 

Saints GM Mickey Loomis made a bold decision to trade two first-round draft picks to acquire the UTSA prospect Marcus Davenport in 2018. Leading up to 2021, Davenport was widely considered a bust for missing a few plus games a season and only having 12.5 career sacks to show for it. Yet, it appears in this day in age the Saints DE could complete a career season of production, potentially help the team in the playoffs, and show Who Dat nation he’s transforming into the player he was expected to be on draft day.

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