The Cincinnati Bengals made the proper decision when bringing in Trey Hendrickson in free agency last 12 months despite the backlash they received. The dude was a beast in 2021 and he’s a superb bet to guide the league in sacks this 12 months.
This time last 12 months, an enormous talking point for the Cincinnati Bengals was what form of production the team should expect from newcomer Trey Hendrickson, who joined the team in free agency. The stripes allowed Carl Lawson, who led the team in sacks in 2020, to walk in free agency and signed Hendrickson as an alternative.
Hendrickson was such an issue mark for the team a 12 months ago because he had just come off an explosive season with the Saints in 2020 and lots of wondered if he’d be a one-year wonder.
Well, he proved that wasn’t the case.
Bengals fans should feel comfortable betting on Trey Hendrickson.
Heading into the preseason, Hendrickson has terrific value with regards to betting on the 2022 regular-season sacks leader sitting with +1800 odds, per WynnBET. These give him the eighth-best odds to be the sack leader when the regular season involves an end. He’s trailing T.J. Watt (+600), Myles Garrett (+700), Nick Bosa (+1200), Chandler Jones/Joey Bosa/Khalil Mack (+1400), and Aaron Donald (+1500).
It’s not surprising to see a few of these names ahead of Hendrickson considering how dominant they’ve been in recent times however the Bengals defensive end still has great value on this category. He finished last season with a career-high 14.0 sacks, good for fifth within the league. Watt finished with 22.5 sacks, Robert Quinn had 18.0 sacks, Garrett had 16.0 sacks, and Nick Bosa edged out Hendrickson with 15.5.
There’s no reason to think that Hendrickson can’t lead the NFL in sacks this 12 months, especially with the Bengals’ line of defense improving much more this offseason, which should take attention off of him.
Watt is clearly a monster within the pass-rushing department and the opposite guys listed above Hendrickson are clearly there for a reason however the Cincy d-line is improved and we’ve seen that Hendrickson is anything but a one-year wonder. Bet on him to make this competition interesting.