Saints DE Marcus Davenport: “I’m trying to be better than Cam”


The long layoff from football activities caused by the COVID pandemic benefited Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport. He got more time to rehab a foot injury while strengthening his 6ft6, 265 pound frame and is entering year 3 with some buzz as some national analyst candidate to be a breakout player.

Davenport draws great inspiration from the other side of the d-line, feeding of a friendly competition with All-Pro Cameron Jordan.

“I'm trying to be better than Cam. Obviously, he's one of the best and I think that's a good goal,” said Davenport. “He always says 1% better each day. So, if I can do better than Cam, I'm doing something right.”

Love it!!!! Let’s go!!! 1% better everyday the mindset if we are goin to achieve our Goal!!!

— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) August 7, 2020

Jordan has been Davenport’s big brother in Black & Gold, dishing out sagely advice for the 23-year-old. What is the biggest thing Davenport has taken away?

“That I need to stop thinking. That's basically it,” replied Davenport. “We talk about a lot of different things and most of the time, I could be jabbering on, just going-off on a tangent; and he stresses to simplify it. We brought you here for a reason. So just play you and then consistently just be one percent better.”

Davenport had 6 sacks, 16 hits on the QB, 3 forced fumbles and 31 tackles in 13 games last season. But his first two years have ended with two injuries. So, besides living up to first-round expectations, being available for the postseason is another hurdle Davenport must get over.