Trey Hendrickson continues to showcase his talent.
After signing a massive 4-year, $60 million deal this offseason to join the Cincinnati Bengals after spending the first part of his career with the New Orleans Saints, Hendrickson was expected to see a drop-off.
After all, he did record 13.5 sacks in 2020. Many thought the Cam Jordan-led Saints line was what aided Hendrickson being a top-five player in sacks a season ago. He’s proving that theory to be a complete myth with his play over the last few weeks.
On a unit now led by the star defensive end, Hendrickson is continuing his claim as one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. He played an instrumental part in the Bengals blowout victory over the Lions. Cincinnati ended up winning 34-11.
Against the Lions, Hendrickson ended with two tackles, a tackle for a loss, a sack, and two quarterback hits. He led the team in quarterback hits and was tied with Julian Okwara for the most in the game.
From our own Dadio Makdook, here’s the look at Hendrickson’s sack, tracking down Lions quarterback Jared Goff. Hendrickson blew by Penei Sewell, the Lions' first-round draft pick who the Bengals passed on, and then tight end TJ Hockenson.
Trey Hendrickson goes right by Sewell for the sack pic.twitter.com/cLNNKIOQU8— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) October 17, 2021
Hendrickson has now recorded a sack in four of the team’s last five games, including topping just one sack against both the Packers and Bears. He now has 11 quarterback hits and 5.5 sacks on the season.
If there’s anything that Chidobe Awuzie and Hendrickson have proven to Cincinnati, it’s that paying in free agency works.
Their two premier offseason signings have made all the difference as the Bengals have now advanced to 4-2, keeping pace with both the Browns and Ravens in the highly competitive AFC North.