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Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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2019 breakout star: Marcus Davenport, defensive end.
The Saints traded up 13 spots in Round 1 last year -- parting with three picks, including two first-rounders, in the deal -- to take the little-known Davenport out of UTSA. And I say "little-known" for more casual fans, because he was a darling of the 2018 draft season even though he didn't play his college ball at a program with a history of producing NFL talent. Davenport's rookie season was kind of a mixed bag, though. He had just 4.5 sacks, but he battled hip and toe ailments during the season and underwent surgery this offseason. He looked amazing at times when he was healthy in 2018. So you figure that a full offseason with the Saints should help him heading into 2019. With Cam Jordan opposite him, Davenport should really flourish in Year 2.

And also: Alex Anzalone, linebacker.
The Saints have a lot of talented players in their front seven. Anzalone has been great in pass coverage and could step into a bigger role with the team this season.

New face to know: Jared Cook, tight end.
It was crazy when the Saints traded away Jimmy Graham in 2015. I mean, they did get Max Unger in the deal with the Seahawks, but the Saints have struggled to find a replacement at tight end. I remember when Coby Fleener was supposed to be the dude. He was not. It was like the first time Mason Ryan jumped out to help CM Punk and you thought Batista was back. He was not. And Ryan's Twitter bio now states that he performs as an archer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" in Las Vegas. You might think that is a joke, but it's the truth. But back to Cook. He had a rebirth last year in Oakland. He notched nearly 900 receiving yards and scored six touchdowns. He's my X-factor for the Saints' offense this year.

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Honest Tune
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
That Jared Cook summary got sidetracked. I agree on Davenport, however, as I expect him to eat QB's quite a bit this year.


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tzimme4
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
Of course there's a wrestling reference. Dude can't go two sentences without one


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CBandits82
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
It feels like whenever Anzalone is fully healthy our D plays at a different level.

He is really important.


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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
I gotta say, Anzalone has impressed me a lot.

When he first got injured, I was tempted to write him off.
I think he reminded me of that white safety from Bama that let us down.
For no other reason than he looked kinda like him.


Mike Honcho
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com


It was not super deep but all be damned if i didn't read every word of it. I am so starved for football. First pre-season game is only 6 weeks from tomorrow. Can't come soon enough.


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C3W
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
Did Davenport play the run well? I believe that was a knock on him coming out, but all I remember is his flashes of great play. Can’t remember if mostly run or pass or mixed.


Laaz2750
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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Davenport's rookie season was kind of a mixed bag, though. He had just 4.5 sacks,


Just a reminder that 4.5 sacks is better than all but ONE rookie season performance of the top ten all time Saints sack leaders... so I don't know that the "just" is warranted here.

EDIT: The one guy who had better rookie sack stats was Will Smith and he played in all 16 games, which Davenport did not.
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The Saints traded 13 number 1 draft picks in Round 1 last year


Damn


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If remember correctly he was fairly stout against the run.


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bonethug0180
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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Did Davenport play the run well? I believe that was a knock on him coming out, but all I remember is his flashes of great play. Can’t remember if mostly run or pass or mixed.


He played the run great for the most part. He was actually a very accomplished run stopper coming out of college.

The knock on him was his lack of pass rush moves and polish, and it showed at times. He got by in college on his athleticism, and it also got him by at times last year.

The foot injury kind of killed his momentum, but I have a feeling he'll be a lot more polished this year and won't have to come out as often. I think like Anzalone last year, it may take a few games before things click, but when they do he'll be a monster.

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And just food for thought, not a comparison, but Khalil Mack had 4 sacks his rookie year as a 16 game starter. Davenport had 4.5 as a part timer who missed a few games.
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WicKed WayZ
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
If you think about it, our offense struggled because teams would play like 6 DB’s and double Thomas and Kamara, thus leaving us with Josh Hill, busted up Ben Watson and then a bunch of UDFA WRs for Brees to throw to. And while Hill made a nice catch every now and then and so did Carr and Kirkwood, we didn’t have anyone reliable in the pass game. You couldn’t even trust Trequan because he couldn’t get separation. With our OL busted up, teams were fine with just using 6 DBs and daring us to grind them down.

And we were still able to move the ball somewhat effectively, though we did struggle. Now we have OL depth and a guy, Cook, who can make the defense pay for committing two guys to both Thomas and Kamara.


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Billy Mays
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
Wrestling references


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noles25
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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I gotta say, Anzalone has impressed me a lot.

When he first got injured, I was tempted to write him off.
I think he reminded me of that white safety from Bama that let us down.
For no other reason than he looked kinda like him.

I was not impressed with Anzalone after the Patriots game his rookie year. Most of the game he was covering Gronk, and Gronk took him to school. But now thinking about it, he wasn't covering your typical TE either.


BRL79
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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was not impressed with Anzalone after the Patriots game his rookie year. Most of the game he was covering Gronk, and Gronk took him to school. But now thinking about it, he wasn't covering your typical TE either.

Let's not knock him for getting beat by a hall of fame TE. Gronk took everyone to school.


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BRL79
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
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I think he reminded me of that white safety from Bama that let us down. 
For no other reason than he looked kinda like him

They actually look nothing alike. I guess all white guys look the same.


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ffhouston
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re: Pretty good write-up on the Saints by Adam Rank for nfl.com
Can Jordan had one sack in his rookie season. One.


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Eatem up
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Davenport would have had 2 or 3 more sacks if not for the ridiculous hand to helmet penalties. I can remember a couple where he barely grazed the qb’s helmet while getting the sack and they threw the flag. I hope the league tightens up this rule this year.


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