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Will Trey Hendrickson thrive or struggle as Bengals’ top pass-rusher?

Hendrickson has never been the top pass-rusher on his NFL team until now.

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Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer joined us to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals’ offseason moves, among other things. He noted that Zac Taylor told him the team prioritized upgrading the defensive and offensive lines. Have they done so? Dragon says that’s “debatable.”

Dragon began by discussing Trey Hendrickson, who had 13.5 sacks last year. But, Dragon argues, that doesn’t tell the whole story.

“Trey Hendrickson, I think that he is a good pass rusher, but last year was his only pretty good year,” Dragon said. “And he wasn’t the best pass rusher on that team. Cam Jordan was. When NFL teams were game-planning for the New Orleans Saints, a lot of times they were game-planning, putting most of their focus on Cam Jordan. And Trey Hendrickson, he got a lot of sacks. But he wasn’t seeing a lot of double teams when I watched tape on him.”

That’s a good point. The Bengals, who lost Carl Lawson in free agency, have no other premiere pass rushers on the team to complement Hendrickson. (With apologies to the Sam Hubbard truthers.)

Dragon then discussed Riley Reiff, who he called “a pretty good player in Minnesota” and “an upgrade over Bobby Hart.” But Dragon said Reiff is probably not a long-term answer. Dragon, thus, concludes that upgrading the two lines, replacing A.J. Green’s targets at wide receiver, and bringing more stability to the linebacker position must be the team’s priorities. Dragon suggests bringing back Josh Bynes, who he considered the team’s best linebacker last year.

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