whodatworm23 Posted February 6, 2021 Share Posted February 6, 2021 Why Saints must make resigning Trey Hendrickson a top priority: By now most Saints fans have resided to the fact that the Saints simply cannot afford to keep breakout pass rusher Trey Hendrickson on the team moving forward… but is that actually a fact? As I’ve laid out in another topic, the Saints can create upwards of around 30 million in cap space this offseason with certain moves and with the genius that is cap scientist Kia Harley and the way he structures contracts nothing is impossible. As I’ve always said, NFL teams never lose players that they absolutely do not want to lose so the question is does Trey Hendrickson fall into that category for the Saints? Here’s why he should… #1. Trey Hendrickson was the BEST pass rusher in the NFL this season by far! To often people go straight to the sack numbers and whom ever has the highest they say, there he is… that’s the NFL’s best pass rusher but the truth is so much more deeper than that. While Hendrickson's sack totals were top 3 in the NFL, let’s look a little deeper. So Hendrickson ended the season with 13.5 sacks second in the NFL behind only the Steelers TJ Watt and tied with likely 3 time defensive MVP Rams Aaron Donald. So let’s compare Hendrickson to those two guys… In 2020 TJ Watt had a total of 452 pass rush attempts with 64 total pressures and a pressure rate of 17.9% with 15 sacks. Aaron Donald had 606 pass rush attempts with 51 total pressures and a pressure rate of 12.8% and 13.5 sacks. Trey Hendrickson in 2020 had a total of 348 pass rush attempts and a pressure rate of 19.6% and 13.5 sacks. That puts Hendrickson’s stats in line with two of the top defensive players in the NFL at one of the most desired and valued skills in the NFL while having 258 less rush attempts than Donald and 104 rush attempts less than Watt. For further comparison, former #1 overall pick and top NFL pass rusher Myles Garrett had 41 pressures for a pass rush rate of 12.4% and 12 sacks. So explain to me how Hendrickson wasn’t the NFL's best pass rusher in 2020. I’ll wait… #2. Trey Hendrickson is a home grown talent, why let someone else reap the rewards… and please don’t mention Marcus Davenport. The Saints drafted Hendrickson with the 104th pick in the 3rd round in our famed 2017 draft class. He was viewed then as a top small school edge rusher with potential and a non stop motor as well as a high character guy and team leader. The biggest knock on Hendrickson at the time was a concern over his arm length and ability to separate in the NFL. He had the highest pass rush productivity in the nation as a Senior at Florida Atlantic at 20.5 and a total of 30 college sacks in his career. Hendrickson’s combine numbers rivaled that of teammate Marcus Davenport as he logged a 4.65 40 yard dash, his 10 yard split was 1.59 seconds, 18 reps on the bench at 225 lbs, a vertical jump of 33.5, a broad jump of 120.5 inches. And a 3 cone drill of 7.03 seconds. Compare that to Davenport who posted a 4.58 40 yard dash, 1.62 10 yard split, 22 reps on the bench, a vertical leap of 33.5, a broad jump of 124 inches and a 3 cone of 7.20 seconds and Davenport is suppose to be this athletic freak superior to Hendrickson??? Even Hendrickson’s body style compares favorably to that of Davenport as Hendrickson measures in at 6’4” 270 lbs with 32 inch arms while Davenport is 6’5” 265 lbs with 33.5 inch arms. Both were small school prospects, granted Hendrickson is 2 years older. Similar in so many ways but when Davenport was coming out of Texas of San Antonio the concerns with him were health and how much did he truly love football. With Hendrickson his love of the game was never questioned and he was considered a iron man in college who played through injuries. How’s that playing out in the NFL so far? Davenport showed some promise but simply can’t stay in the field with what appears to be nagging injuries while Hendrickson battled through a neck issue to deliver the best pass rush season of 2020 in the NFL. Let’s be honest here… once you do the homework there is only one reason to even consider choosing Davenport over Hendrickson, its because of the of the investment the Saints choose to place into Davenport by trading 2 1st round picks to get him. Hogwash!!! Good executives admit their mistakes and move on when presented with something better. There doing that very same thing right now when they choose to extend David Onyemata this offseason knowing full well it ment this would be the final year of former 1st round pick Sheldon Rankins time with the organization. #3. Hendrickson is actually an ideal compliment to Cameron Jordan's skill set. Cameron Jordan (despite his down year in 2020) is still one of the NFL's best dual skill set defensive ends around. Jordan excels at setting the edge in the run game and is an underrated pass rusher who’s closing in on 100 career sacks. Jordan is quietly putting up Hall of Fame numbers and is well on his way to catching Rickey Jackson Saints sack leading 120. Jordan’s physical style and dual skill set is an ideal fit on the strong side of the Saints defensive line but he needs a complimentary and effective pass rusher opposite of him to take advantage of the one on one’s that Jordan's presence will present for the weak side, Hendrickson has proven to be that guy. I understand that on the huff, Davenport would appear to be the guy but its time for the Saints to invest into production instead of potential here. #4. Hendrickson is becoming a team leader. Reports out of New Orleans throughout the season on Hendrickson was other than his surging production, he also has been becoming more of a vocal leader on the defense where as Davenport is more of a introvert and quiet guy in the locker room. With Drew Brees retiring , the Saints will need all the leadership they can get so there is an added value to Hendrickson. Hes a respected player on the Saints roster as a self made dude that gets the absolute most out of his ability and has high character and a non stop motor with a tremendous work ethic. He’s athletic and technique beautiful and has benefited the most from Ryan Nielson’s coaching… why wouldn’t you want to build around and reward a guy like that? #5. Is Hendrickson worth the money… is he a one year wonder? Here’s the million dollar question… for the Saints to keep Hendrickson they will have to commit to him as a top edge rusher. Will that mean top pass rusher money, I’m not so sure. Hendrickson’s understands what this scheme does for him and he has a loyal makeup to him so I expect him to give the Saints every opportunity to retain him. I do feel Hendrickson would take a slight discount to remain in New Orleans but there will be a breaking point. I feel the Saints can retain Hendrickson as a high priced #2 which would cost in the neighborhood of around 15-16 million per year. Hefty, yes I know but Hendrickson possesses a skill that is extremely valuable in the NFL, one that NFL teams are desperate for so its hard for me to understand why the Saints would invest the draft pick in him, develop him, have him finally break out just to lose him to someone else. Get it done Mickey! Thoughts? WHODAT Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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