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Free Agent Spotlight: DE, Trey Hendrickson

Sighing their very own is a giant a part of the Buccaneers’ offseason plans. With guys like Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett, and Lavonte David headlining Tampa Bay’s free agent class, their capability to maneuver by means of the cap can be fairly tight.

If and when the Buccaneers cross the bridge for what to do with Barrett, that bridge might result in a life after Shaq. Who do they change him with? That sort of choice might make them look inside their very own division.

As we proceed our free agent highlight collection at present, we’re looking at Orlando, FL native and New Orleans Saints defensive finish Trey Hendrickson.

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Hendrickson, a product of Florida Atlantic College, was drafted within the third spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft by New Orleans. In 4 years at FAU, he recorded 29.5 sacks — 23 of these sacks got here in his junior (13.5) and senior (9.5) years. Hendrickson racked up 125 complete tackles, 68 had been solo tackles, and 41 tackles for loss. The 103rd total choice was voted Convention USA’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months his junior season (2016). His 29.5 sacks ranks him fifth greatest within the convention.

Hendrickson’s skilled profession began off gradual. After showing in simply 17 video games his first two years and a mix 20% of defensive snaps with the Saints, he noticed extra motion as he appeared in 28 the final two seasons. His final season with New Orleans proved to be most profitable as he recorded 13.5 sacks after beforehand choosing up simply 4.5 sacks the season prior. He additionally managed to select up 12 tackles for loss and 25 quarterback hits in 2020 whereas taking part in in 53% of the defensive snaps.

Hendrickson did an incredible job of attending to the quarterback in 2020. He didn’t do it in spurts the place he sacked the the quarterbacks he confronted in bunches. He bought not less than one sack in 10 of the 15 video games he performed in. The previous FAU Owl confirmed his go speeding capability his was recognized for in school in his contract yr with the Saints and confirmed good approach off the sting that may complement the Buccaneers’ line of defense whereas succeeding in Todd Bowles’ defensive scheme.

At 26, the 6-4, 270-pound defensive finish is 2 years youthful and larger than Barrett. His arm size provides him a very good edge (no pun supposed) over offensive tackles with the flexibility to maneuver his manner into the offensive backfield. That could possibly be partly due to the totally different strategies he shortly makes use of. Whereas Hendrickson is touted by might of utilizing many speeding strategies, he has discovered to make use of his large physique to bull rush tackles and never simply velocity to get across the edge. Just like what he did on Kansas Metropolis’s star left deal with Eric Fisher as you see within the clip under.

Hendrickson has been considered principally a one-trick pony. How so? he’s not superb towards the run. A number of the rationale for his restricted snap depend — even in 2020 — was as a result of he’s primarily a pass-rusher solely. Compared to Barrett, the Buccaneers performed him extra usually, to the tune of 77% of the defensive snaps in 2020.

That’s to not say that Hendrickson gained’t be an asset on any staff. He may very effectively see a rise of snaps to 65%-75% on any protection. However his limitations within the run sport actually play a task in a staff’s choice regardless if this has became a passing league or not.

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Go rushers are an enormous commodity within the NFL. And at 26 years previous, Hendrickson may very effectively discover himself in the midst of groups preventing for his providers being that he’s younger as effectively has not having a lot “mileage” in his profession up to now. He ought to think about himself very lucky.

With that mentioned, nevertheless, Spotrac has his worth set to a median of $10.3 million per season. That’s a lot lower than what Barrett might signal for, which they’ve his worth set to an annual common of $19.7 million.

We don’t actually know the way Hendrickson can be priced in free company. Contemplating that he’s coming off of his greatest season of his younger profession, he could possibly be trying to cash-in on a reasonably excessive contract. However which model of Hendrickson is a staff going to get?

For all we all know, common supervisor Jason Licht could possibly be speaking to Barrett and his agent proper this second. Nobody outdoors of Barrett is remotely near being thought-about because the staff’s focus and precedence is at present on these which are on the roster at present.

They know what they’ll have or can have in Barrett. They don’t know if Hendrickson will solely nonetheless excel towards the go and by no means enhance towards the run.

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Hendricks, a former third-round decide, had a gradual begin to his NFL profession. He did get higher as his years went on and appears to doubtlessly get the largest contract of his profession this offseason. Tell us what you suppose by voting within the ballot and discussing your ideas within the feedback down under.

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On the subject of Trey Hendrickson, what would you might have the Buccaneers do?

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    Signal him, it doesn’t matter what

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    Make a suggestion, however preserve it affordable

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    Invite him for a cup of espresso and see the place it goes

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    Name him up if they’ve a necessity after the NFL draft

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    Don’t want him

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