Article Sean Payton explains Marcus Davenport's low snap count vs. Bucs (1 Viewer)

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I don't think we need to worry about Davenport
 

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For me honestly, it was a little concerning not seeing him out there as much. I really thought the coaches limited him because of struggling a bit. He didn't play bad at all. Had nearly 2 sacks but Winston escaped just in time. But I really do think he need to play with a bit more intensity. His numbers would be a lot better if he does.
 

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“‘Part of it was that a lot of our sub plan was out of a three-down look, so the rotation, if you’re playing four, it’s just going to be that many more snaps for the guys in the rotation,’ Payton said. ‘A lot of it was just by, the three down sub package plan that we had.’
As for why more of the few snaps to go around went to Hendrickson rather than Davenport: consider each player’s skills set. Hendrickson is a quick-twitch pass rusher who bursts off the edge with great speed, and has several different arm-fighting moves at his disposal to disengage blockers...That’s not the case for Davenport, who is a prototype for an NFL defensive end...
So there’s your answer: when forced into a pass-heavy game script, the Saints are going to give Hendrickson more opportunities thanks to his upside in those situations. When opponents are committed to remaining balanced on offense or showing the Saints looks that demand more of a four-down alignment, Davenport will get more chances.”

Cliff notes: Hendrickson is better equipped for pass-rush, and is getting more snaps in pass-heavy situations.
 

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“And also like Jordan, he’s taking some time to develop into an NFL-quality pass rusher. Jordan only had 9 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in his first two seasons, a stretch of 32 games. Davenport is already up to 7.5 sacks and 25 hits in his first 23 games. During his first 23 games, Jordan amassed just 4 sacks and 8 hits.”

Everybody should read that, then take a deep breath and trust the process.
 

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For me honestly, it was a little concerning not seeing him out there as much. I really thought the coaches limited him because of struggling a bit. He didn't play bad at all. Had nearly 2 sacks but Winston escaped just in time. But I really do think he need to play with a bit more intensity. His numbers would be a lot better if he does.
Agreed.
 

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I may be wrong but with two or more guys like Marcus and Trey, alternating and splitting snaps, there is a consistent pass rush on every play. With that mind, do we still need to blitz as much? I am just afraid when we do blitz too much, we leave open areas where a good quarterback can expose it to their advantage. Case in point against Atlanta. Against Tampa, we disguised a lot of those blitzes where safeties and corners are coming in instead of linebackers who dropped back in coverage. And it work very well.
 

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The kid is going through some really rough emotional personal issues. He's is classy young man. Let's give him some time to grow personally. emotionally and the result will be professionally. Let's just all love Marcus during his internal personal challenges. He deserves nothing less.
 

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The kid is going through some really rough emotional personal issues. He's is classy young man. Let's give him some time to grow personally. emotionally and the result will be professionally. Let's just all love Marcus during his internal personal challenges. He deserves nothing less.
I didn’t know that. He’s a human being first and foremost football is secondary. I’ll put him in my prayers. Hope all is well with the young man soon.
 

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“And also like Jordan, he’s taking some time to develop into an NFL-quality pass rusher. Jordan only had 9 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in his first two seasons, a stretch of 32 games. Davenport is already up to 7.5 sacks and 25 hits in his first 23 games. During his first 23 games, Jordan amassed just 4 sacks and 8 hits.”

Everybody should read that, then take a deep breath and trust the process.
I respect certain stats, but what I do not see from Davenport (comparing him to Jordan), is a relentless motor. I do not see that trait in him, like I saw in Jordan, or for that matter; Hendrickson!

Dav needs to show more of a motor to me, before I have the confidence he will become the monster we think he will be.
 
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I'm still rooting for Davenport. He's an athletic monster and has flashed major potential and has even played pretty well. However, there's a very noticeable difference when Hendrickson rotates in. That guy is so explosive in his first few steps, wheras Davenport looks sluggish and always gets there a half second too late. I'm not sure if that is something that can be improved, but I'm sure it could. I feel like eventually the light bulb may click for him, although maybe not as quickly as we were hoping for.
 

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For me honestly, it was a little concerning not seeing him out there as much. I really thought the coaches limited him because of struggling a bit. He didn't play bad at all. Had nearly 2 sacks but Winston escaped just in time. But I really do think he need to play with a bit more intensity. His numbers would be a lot better if he does.
Correct, he has no mean streak and that's not good for a pass rush specialist.
 

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I respect certain stats, but what I do not see from Davenport (comparing him to Jordan), is a relentless motor. I do not see that trait in him, like I saw in Jordan, or for that matter; Hendrickson!

Dav needs to show more of a motor to me, before I have the confidence he will become the monster we think he will be.
I think the bigger hurdle for Davenport is his raw skill set. Often he seems to come up just short on his rushes, which I think is more so because of a technique learning curve than pure drive. He’s getting pressure, just not quite getting home with it.
 

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I'm still rooting for Davenport. He's an athletic monster and has flashed major potential and has even played pretty well. However, there's a very noticeable difference when Hendrickson rotates in. That guy is so explosive in his first few steps, wheras Davenport looks sluggish and always gets there a half second too late. I'm not sure if that is something that can be improved, but I'm sure it could. I feel like eventually the light bulb may click for him, although maybe not as quickly as we were hoping for.
Honestly I am not worry about that. He does need to play with a little bit more intensity to match his athletic ability and physical trait. He was close so many time to get sacks or two but when all that comes to him, we are looking at a premier pass rusher.
 
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Honestly I am not worry about that. He does need to play with a little bit more intensity to match his athletic ability and physical trait. He was close so many time to get sacks or two but when all that comes to him, we are looking at a premier pass rusher.
He's probably still trying to find his confidence. Once he develops some additional pass-rush moves and they become second nature to him, I'm sure he will play faster. I agree that if and when it all clicks for him, he could be elite. It's going to be up to him, though. I'm rooting hard for him.
 

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