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This Saints player will be the difference between a win and a loss

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When it comes to playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this specific Saints player stepped up big in 2020 and will be the difference between a win and a loss on Sunday.

When we think about the Saints and the Buccaneers, the division comes to mind. This year, they beat the Buccaneers twice. Throughout those games, several players stepped up and helped the black and gold take home multiple victories against them this year.

Specifically, they got help from this most improved player.

The most improved player this year for New Orleans is undoubtedly Trey Hendrickson. I don’t even know if there was even really conversation to be had otherwise. He came in for an injured Marcus Davenport early in the year and absolutely dominated the NFL.

In fact, he finished tied with the No. 2 most sacks in the NFL (13.5). He was in very good company with other top talented players at his position like Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald; Cleveland Browns, Myles Garrett; and Pittsburgh Steelers, T.J. Watt.

He also added the most tackles for a loss on the Saints. It truly was a dominant year for Trey Hendrickson.

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.

Specifically, Hendrickson was one of the biggest parts of both games against the Buccaneers. He led the team in pressures, tackles for a loss, and sacks in the two games. He has Tom Brady’s number and we need him to have it a third time this game.

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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.