The Cincinnati Bengals return from their bye week with a 3-3 record and a huge road game against the San Francisco 49ers. Last week’s game against the Seahawks was a must-win for the Bengals defense. Trey Hendrickson’s dominating performance has been critical to the Bengals’ success thus far this season.
Hendrickson spoke with Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com during the bye week. Hendrickson was questioned why, unlike the rest of the squad, he was in the building during the bye week.
“As far as this week, sharpening the details. Get away from the football side. Not so much film, not so much breaking down opponents. Getting good recovery. Getting my feet back under me. Making sure I’m not on a plane. I’m actually using this week for benefit,” said Hendrickson.
The vast majority of the squad will either go home or take a break from the game, but Hendrickson did not. The standout pass rusher has been outstanding to open the season and was questioned about his recent summer.
“The goal is to improve every offseason, right? Every football player in the offseason should have goals they want to get better on. There’s always room for improvement. I feel that every player, even if you’re an All-Pro, should still strive to be better than next year. And if you think you’ve made it, the train is going to continue going, and it’s your choice to get on or get off and mentally to stay locked in,” he said.
“There are exercises that you can do. There are constantly things that you can improve. I think jumping is important,” he said. “I think you should be flexible and be able to do those things. Basically, I worked on strength and conditioning.”
So far this season, Hendrickson has posted seven sacks, in comparison to eight sacks all of last season.
“There are two ways to look at it. There are some people who look at last year and just see the statistics and think I made this amazing jump. But I think there’s a lot of consistency to my game. A lot of consistency to football. I think sacks are a team stat as much as it is an individual achievement. I can’t do it on my own,” Hendrickson said when asked about production this year compared to last year.
As the Bengals search for some key wins in the next few weeks, Hendrickson will be a crucial piece to the team’s success.