3 Saints that have headlined the team’s run for a fourth straight NFC South title

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Trey Hendrickson

At the beginning of the season, no one thought we’d be mentioning Trey Hendrickson as a focal point of the team’s defense, but he’s been just that, accruing almost a sack per game.

Hendrickson had 6.5 sacks entering his fourth season, and he’d largely been playing second fiddle to Marcus Davenport, the star rusher that the Saints traded up to get in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, it’s been Hendrickson that’s looking like the better long-term addition.

The fourth-year player has started 14 games and has 12.5 sacks. He’s looking like the starter heading into the postseason even if Davenport is 100 percent healthy. He also has nine quarterback knockdowns and nine quarterback hits.

He’s been all over opposing quarterbacks, and with Cameron Jordan on the other side, his dominance has made all the difference. Hendrickson is within the top five in the NFL in sacks. Sadly, his contract is up, and they may not be able to re-sign him.

The Saints wouldn’t be where they are if Hendrickson hasn’t stepped up. He’s been huge this season.