"I see a guy who has all the qualities you're looking for in a right defensive end Malcolm Smith Jersey ," defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. "I think the one thing that really stood out to us throughout the draft process was his ability to rush the passer. He's got the size, he's got the length, he's got the athletic ability."
Nielsen said he has been impressed by more than Davenport's athleticism.
"I didn't realize that he was a 3.8 student in college," Nielsen said. "He picked things up really quickly in terms of the scheme and where to align. He's a rookie and made a couple of mistakes, but still he's really picked it up. He's a very intelligent player so it was easy. It's good when you can put in a lot of stuff and they can pick it up pretty easily."
Davenport had been practicing with the thumb injury until leaving practice early Tuesday. It was unclear if his departure was related to the thumb injury, and Davenport sat out practice Wednesday. Payton canceled the final practice Thursday and said Davenport could have surgery as early as Friday.
The Saints expect Davenport to be a complement to Pro Bowl left end Cameron Jordan, who missed OTAs while recovering from offseason foot surgery and was excused from mini-camp because his wife was having a baby. Incumbent right end Alex Okafor has been limited while recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last season.
Their absence has allowed Davenport to get additional work, especially with the first team.
"We're just working on everything right now -- pass rush, runs Tomas Tatar Jersey , stunts -- everything to make him a well-rounded, complete player with all the fundamentals," Nielsen said. "It boosts the rotation. You've got another good player out there. It's going to help us across the line."
Davenport showed the athleticism that enabled him to play wide receiver early in his high-school career.
"Even when I was playing receiver I gravitated toward defensive ends," Davenport said. "I always thought they were big and fast and when you sack the quarterback it's a big deal.
"I thought it was a cool concept. But when I first got (to Texas-San Antonio) I was there to catch balls and score touchdowns. Things change."
Bills wide receiver Zay Jones isn’t ready to start practicing with the team at training camp after having a pair of surgeries this offseason.
The Bills placed Jones on the non-football injury list on Wednesday, which leaves him ineligible to practice until he’s activated. Jones had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder just after the end of the season and then had knee surgery in May that kept him out for the rest of the team’s offseason program.