Despite logging 21.5 career sacks at Texas-San Antonio, he’s still a raw addition to the defensive line. He also stood up as opposed to lining up in the three-point stance at the end of his collegiate career.
According to head coach Sean Payton, via Times-Picayune reporter Josh Katzenstein, Davenport took reps on the right side of the defensive line during rookie minicamp.
The Saints re-signed Alex Okafor, who contributed as a pass-rusher on the right side but tore his Achilles in November. The 27-year-old poses competition for Davenport, but time away from the field during the offseason likely moves him to a reserve role. The rookie starts and plays through the ups and downs in his first year.
Penn’s return would shift Miller to the right side, where he’s expected to start at a position that’s been a revolving door. Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, Vadal Alexander and Marshall Newhouse have all spent significant time on that end.
Would he replace Brown or line up on the strong side with more pass-rushing responsibilities?
According to WKBW Buffalo’s Joe Buscaglia, McDermott gave direction to Edmunds at middle linebacker where he also practiced during drills. “McDermott had Edmunds lined up at middle linebacker, practicing how he attacked running plays through specific gaps. Once they got to 9-on-9s, Edmunds once again played the middle linebacker spot.”
Assuming this trend continues, Lorenzo Alexander takes the strong-side position, where he racked up 12.5 sacks two seasons ago. At a position in need of playmakers, Edmunds lands with a team ready to roll him out as a Week 1 starter.
Surprisingly, safety Derwin James fell to the Chargers at No. 17. The front office opted not to re-sign Tre Boston. With the addition of the Florida State product, the team can comfortably move on at the position.