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UPDATE: Rankins, Davenport to IR, Two FAs Signed for Depth

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The once-deep defensive line is starting to look inauspiciously thin.

NFL: DEC 11 Saints at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With news already breaking that Marcus Davenport would likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season and postseason due to a foot injury insured last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it appears the hits keep on coming.

Former fellow first round pick Sheldon Rankins - he of the only one first round pick used to acquire him - is now set to miss the remainder of the year as well due to an injured ankle.

The Saints acted quickly yesterday, likely anticipating these combined results, bringing in for workout defensive linemen like Shane Ray and Noah Spence.

It appears the latter has ended up with a contract.

Spence will likely help spell Trey Hendrickson at defensive end, with Hendrickson likely to see a significant uptick in snaps after losing Davenport. Spence’s presence on the outside likely means Mario Edwards can be used more in the interior of the defensive line to fill in for the injured Rankins. Expect to see more Shy Tuttle as the season concludes as well. It’s also possible the Saints call up 2018 rookie darling Taylor Stallworth from the practice squad. Stallworth played admirably when Rankins went down due to an injured Achilles at the end of last season, including in the playoff win against the Eagles.

Stay tuned for additional updates.

UPDATE:

Davenport and Rankins have both been officially placed on IR, their seasons over.

While Spence is discussed above, TY McGill is a new name for Saints fans.