Davenport (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
The Saints' top draft pick missed just under two weeks of practice dealing with the undisclosed issue. Perhaps the team was in no rush to get Davenport back on the field given his early struggles and thought a mental breather would be good for the rookie. Either way, Davenport is back in pads and will look to become the defensive force New Orleans expects him to be moving forward.
Davenport missed Wednesday's practice due to an undisclosed injury but was seen working on the sidelines Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
It's unclear exactly what is bothering Davenport, but he was at least able to do some individual work on the side Thursday. The rookie defensive end has reportedly been going through some growing pains in his first training camp, and Davenport will need to get healthy and back on the field as soon as possible in order to prove his worth as the 14th overall pick.
Davenport is going through some rookie growing pains early in training camp reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Despite his physical gifts (6-foot-6, 264 pounds, 4.58 40-yard time), the knock on Davenport entering the draft was that he may face a steep learning curve in transitioning from tiny University of Texas-San Antonio to the NFL. Apparently unconcerned, the Saints traded away a 2019 first-round pick to move up to draft Davenport with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The early reports from training camp, however, indicate that Davenport may not be quite ready to meet the considerable expectations placed on him. Given the Saints' substantial investment in him, Davenport will likely be given every opportunity to win the starting defensive-end job opposite Cameron Jordan, but if he continues to struggle, incumbent Alex Okafor (Achilles) could earn the lion's share of the snaps when the season begins.
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
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