One of the most underrated New Orleans Saints’ players, Trey Hendrickson, has been having a quiet but deadly season. Now, he is starting to get recognition.
Inside of the Saints’ defense has been one special player that has gone under the radar instead of in the spotlight. When you mention the Saints and edge rusher in the same sentence, everyone automatically thinks of Cameron Jordan.
Even in recent years, New Orleans has developed a tandem of Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport. They are two that have 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 Sunday, Hendrickson had 7.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss.
In the popular video game representing the NFL, EA Sport’s Madden keeps an ongoing week by week rating of all of the NFL’s players. Trey Hendrickson, for example, has slowly risen by four points over the course of nine weeks.
Going into the season, Madden rated Hendrickson a 74. Going into Week 10, Hendrickson has jumped again for the third time this year with an increase of two overall points. That brings his overall rating to a 78 going into this week.
When you break down his rating and where the additions are coming from, all the rising is coming in his awareness, pursuit, block shedding, and play recognition ratings. After the massive stats and games, he has accomplished this year, his awareness has gone from 70 to 79 in nine weeks.
Hendrickson is currently No. 3 in the NFL in total sacks and is on pace to have his best season in his career. Finally, Madden is giving him the recognition he deserves. He will be a household name before too long.