By John Sigler
New Orleans Saints rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport has lived up to his draft billing, and is posting the best stats for a first-year player since Will Smith made his debut in 2004. Davenport is just a part-time player, for now, but he’s being opportunistic and projects well moving forward.
The Athletic’s Deuce Windham shared his findings from comparing Davenport’s rookie stats to-date against the total Cam Jordan put up back in his own rookie season. Here’s what he found:
Even though Jordan has a full season’s worth of counting stats, Davenport is right there with him. Davenport has already beaten Jordan’s totals for sacks and tackles for loss, with 11 more games to go. Jordan saw about a series’ worth more of snaps per game than what Davenport has gotten, but that could change if the Saints continue to give the rookie more playing time.
The most-enticing thing about Davenport’s numbers here are his pass rush production. He’s on pace for about 6.5 sacks in his rookie year, which would be the best debut in recent Saints history. You have to go all the way back to Will Smith’s 2004 entrance to find a Saints rookie who played as...