4 players that must step up for New Orleans Saints to dominate Vikings
The New Orleans Saints have one of the best defensive fronts in the entire NFL. Led by Saints sack leader Cameron Jordan, the front seven have been absolutely dominant this year. However, they have seen some major injuries come their way.
The most notable is the season-ending injury of defensive end Marcus Davenport. Davenport was the counterpart to Cameron Jordan on the other side of the ball. The one-two punch led the way through most of the year — until now.
Trey Henrickson who hasn’t played in more than 65% of snaps in any one game all year, is going to be forced into big minutes with the depletion of the defensive line. Since Davenport’s injury, Hendrickson has already seen a spike to between 50-60% average of snaps.
Cameron Jordan can not run the line by himself. If the Saints are going to hope to disrupt what Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings are doing on Sunday, Trey Hendrickson is going to need to get pressure and sack Kirk Cousins.
The Saints are looking to make a serious run in the NFC side of the playoffs, but to do that, they are going to need the help of these key players, like Hendrickson, to step up in the wake of injuries and play big minutes at the level their starting counterparts were doing.