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By Brett Martel | AP
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport wears new diamond studs on his nose and ears and speaks with an easy, confident manner about meeting the expectations of a first-round draft choice in his second pro season.
If he succeeds, the combination of the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Davenport and accomplished fellow end Cameron Jordan could cause considerable concern for quarterbacks.
''Right now, I'm more confident than I've ever been,'' Davenport said after a recent training camp practice. ''Confidence comes from the truth. I've got to understand what kind of player I am. It was definitely a good offseason for me to get back to that and understand what I can (do) and what I haven't done yet.''
The Saints traded up, dealing away their original 2019 first-round pick to take Davenport 14th overall in 2018 out of mid-major program UTSA. ...
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