According to ESPN’s New Orleans Saints’ depth chart, Trey Hendrickson is now listed as the starting defensive end.
In recent years, the New Orleans Saints have developed a tandem of Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. They are a duo that has become one of the most dangerous pairs of defensive ends in the entire league.
While everyone is talking about the two of them, defensive end Trey Hendrickson has been having the best season so far of any defensive lineman on the black and gold. He is leading the team in all the line categories of recognition.
The two major categories that you would look at for a lineman is sacks and tackles for a loss. In comparison to Hendrickson and those categories, he is on top of both. Going into Week 7, Hendrickson has 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss.
On top of that, Hendrickson also ranks top ten on the team in total tackles.
He leads all other Saints by 2.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for a loss.
Because of his play, we recently stated that Marcus Davenport’s job was in jeopardy. Now, his job has been officially seized from him on ESPN’s recent depth chart. That doesn’t mean Davenport’s high ceiling isn’t still there though.
With Hendrickson’s contract up at the end of the season, he is putting his name in the running for a serious contract extension. The Saints should already be preparing to have to fork over some money for Trey if he continues to be this dominant.
Meanwhile, the club has an extension option on Davenport in 2022. If they decide Hendrickson is the player to go with at that defensive end spot from here on out, this could be Davenport’s last year in a Saints uniform.
Overall, Hendrickson is not a household name, yet, when you think about the black and gold defense. However, he has silently and humbly been the defensive most valuable player through seven weeks of the NFL season.