Marcus Davenport
No. 0 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-04) September 4, 1996 (age 27)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:John Paul Stevens
(San Antonio, Texas)
College:UTSA (2014–2017)
NFL draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:149
Sacks:23.5
Forced fumbles:7
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Marcus Davenport (born September 4, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UTSA and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early years

Davenport attended John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he played high school football.[1] Barely recruited out of high school, he chose to play college football at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) over UNLV.[2] Davenport graduated from UTSA in 2017.[3]

College career

Davenport played at UTSA from 2014 to 2017.[4][5] As a senior in 2017, he was the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year after recording 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks.[6] During his career, he had 185 tackles and 21.5 sacks.[7]

Collegiate statistics

Season Team Conf Class Pos GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2014 UTSA CUSA FR DE 8 5 9 14 2.5 2.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 UTSA CUSA SO DE 11 30 19 49 7.5 4.0 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 2
2016 UTSA CUSA JR DE 13 30 37 67 10.0 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 1
2017 UTSA CUSA SR DE 11 30 25 55 17.5 8.5 0 0 0.0 0 4 1 1 3
Career 43 95 90 185 37.5 21.5 0 0 0.0 0 8 2 1 6

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+34 in
(1.97 m)
264 lb
(120 kg)
33+58 in
(0.85 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.58 s 1.62 s 2.67 s 4.41 s 7.20 s 33+12 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8][9]

New Orleans Saints

Davenport was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (14th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[10] He was the second defensive end to be selected that year, behind only Bradley Chubb.[11] The pick used to select Davenport was acquired from the Green Bay Packers. On May 10, 2018, Davenport signed his rookie contract with the Saints,[12] worth $13.7 million.[13] On June 11, 2018, it was reported that Davenport injured his thumb and that it would require surgery.[14] In Week 3, against the Atlanta Falcons, Davenport recorded his first career sack in the victory.[15] In Week 8, against the Minnesota Vikings, he recorded a two-sack performance in the victory.[16]

In a Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, Davenport sacked Jared Goff as the Saints lost 27–9.[17] In a Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Davenport sacked Jameis Winston twice in the 31–24 win.[18] In week 13 against the Falcons on Thanksgiving Day, Davenport sacked Matt Ryan twice, one of which was a strip sack that was recovered by teammate Vonn Bell, in the 26–18 win.[19] On December 11, 2019, Davenport was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.[20] He finished the season with 31 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles through 13 starts.[21]

In Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers in 2020, Davenport recorded his first sack of the season on former Saints' teammate Teddy Bridgewater during the 27–24 win.[22]

The Saints exercised the fifth-year option on Davenport's contract on April 29, 2021.[23] The option guarantees a salary of $9.5 million for the 2022 season.[24] He was placed on injured reserve on September 17, 2021, with a shoulder injury.[25] He was activated on October 25.[26]

On June 15, 2022, Davenport announced he had undergone five total offseason surgeries: two on his shoulder and three on his left hand. One of the hand surgeries was to address a pinkie finger issue that had plagued him since college and involved a partial amputation of the finger.[27]

Minnesota Vikings

On March 15, 2023, Davenport signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[28] The team has listed Davenport as an outside linebacker.[29] He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 6 and was placed on injured reserve on October 16, 2023.[30]

NFL career statistics

Regular season
Year Team Games Tackles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck
2018 NO 13 0 21 12 9 4.5
2019 NO 13 13 31 15 16 6.0
2020 NO 11 1 21 12 9 1.5
2021 NO 11 9 39 23 16 9
2022 NO 14 9 26 13 13 0.5
Total 62 32 139 75 64 21.5
Postseason
Year Team Games Tackles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck
2018 NO 2 0 4 3 1 0.0
2020 NO 2 1 4 3 1 0.0
Total 4 1 8 6 2 0.0

References

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