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Argos have their eye on Dwayne Hendricks

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A Super Bowl champion took to the field with the Toronto Argonauts’ practice squad on Tuesday.

Defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, 27, has spent the last few seasons on the New York Giants’ practice roster, appearing in just one game with the Giants. Nonetheless, he received a Super Bowl ring when they won in 2011.

“It’s always difficult to release players that have been here and have really worked hard and have earned our respect and our admiration,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last year. “Those are guys like Dwayne Hendricks, who I have great respect for.”

Hendricks was cut from the Giants because a player can only spend three seasons on a practice squad in the NFL.

He last played for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

On Tuesday, Argos head coach Scott Milanovich said he hasn’t had a chance to check Hendricks out yet.

“We’re always evaluating,” he said. “If we feel like there may be a need down the line, we’ll try to get him in here.”

That time likely won’t be coming soon, as Hendricks will have to first learn the team’s playbook and then earn a spot.

The Argos have been relying upon newcomer Khalif Mitchell, acquired in a trade with the B.C. Lions in April. Mitchell had a career-high 33 tackles and six sacks in 2011 with the Lions. He’s well off that pace halfway through this season, with just two sacks thus far.

But Milanovich said he remains confident in Mitchell.

“I have no problems with him,” he said.

The Argos are third-worst in the CFL with just 15 sacks this season so far.

But the team is on a four-game win streak nonetheless because of the stellar play of quarterback Ricky Ray, named the offensive player of the week for the second time this season. Ray set an Argonauts’ franchise record for single-game consecutive completions with 17.


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Dwayne Hendricks Cut By Giants

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proCane defensive lineman Dwayne Hendricks who had a solid pre-season for the Giants and was on their active roster at the end of last season after being a late practice squad pick up was cut by the Giants on Friday.




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Dwayne Hendricks, Adewale Ojomo Make Case For Giants Roster Spot

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The backup offensive line had trouble throughout the evening and the Giants have to be combing the waiver wire to see if there are any available upgrades.

On the defensive side, Dwayne Hendricks had a terrific night and helped himself in the race for a spot among the defensive tackles.

Ditto for Adewale Ojomo, who forced a fumble that led to the winning field goal with 1:03 to play and looks to have taken away the fourth defensive end from Adrian Tracy (missed a chunk of the preseason with a hamstring injury).


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Dwayne Hendricks makes most of opportunity against Jacksonville Jaguars

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Giants (from l.) defensive end Justin Tuck, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks and Adewale Omojo run through practice. 

With 90 guys on the training camp roster, it’s not easy to get Tom Coughlin’s attention. Last Friday in Jacksonville, Dwayne Hendricks definitely did.

The first-year defensive tackle, who spent most of last season on the Giants’ practice squad, had two sacks in the preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars and seemed to have his way with Jacksonville guard D.J. Hall. It’s the kind of performance needed for a team suddenly besieged by injuries on the defensive line.
“Well, he can see that there’s opportunity,” Coughlin said before training camp practice ended on Tuesday. “He goes a million miles an hour. I have the utmost respect for that kid. That kid works his ever-loving (butt) off. As a matter of fact, I use him as an example. If you’re going against him, you better be going full speed or he’s going to make you look bad.”

The 6-3, 305-pound Hendricks, an undrafted free agent out of Miami who grew up in Millville, N.J., understood what he accomplished. “It’s always good to make a name for yourself,” he said. He showed off what teammate Linval Joseph called his “sneaky strength” and the use of leverage he had been working on with defensive line coach Robert Nunn.

Now, thanks to his performance and injuries to Chris Canty (knee), Marvin Austin (back) and Shaun Rogers (calf), Hendricks is the third defensive tackle in the rotation and not far from at least a temporary starting assignment.

“Now I know that people know, so that only has to increase my play level, too,” he said. “I know anybody that’s going to line up or watch the film is going to have heard of (Coughlin’s) comment, so I need to pick my game up.”


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Dwayne Hendricks has Coughlin's attention and a shot

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With 90 guys on the training camp roster it’s not easy for young players to get Tom Coughlin’s attention. Last Friday night in Jacksonville, Dwayne Hendricks definitely did.

The first-year defensive tackle, who spent most of last season on the Giants’ practice squad, had two sacks in the Giants’ preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars and he seemed to be having his way with Jacksonville guard D.J. Hall. It was exactly the kind of performance needed for a team suddenly besieged by injuries at that position.

And not only did Coughlin notice, but he wasn’t surprised.

“Well, he can see that there’s opportunity,” Coughlin said. “He goes a million miles an hour. I have the utmost respect for that kid. That kid works his ever-loving off. As a matter of fact, I use him as an example. If you’re going against him, you better be going full speed or he’s going to make you look bad.”

The 6-3, 305-pound Hendricks, an undrafted free agent out of Miami who grew up in Millville, N.J., understood what he accomplished on Friday. “It’s always good to make a name for yourself,” he said. He showed off what teammate Linval Joseph called his “sneaky strength” and also the use of leverage he had been working on with defensive line coach Robert Nunn.

Now, thanks to his performance and injuries to Chris Canty (knee), Marvin Austin (back) and Shaun Rogers (calf), Hendricks is the third defensive tackle in the rotation and not far from at least a temporary starting assignment. But, he added, he’s not done yet.

“Now I know that people know, so that only has to increase my play level too,” he said. “I know anybody that’s going to line up or watch the film is going to have heard of (Coughlin’s) comment, so I need to pick my game up also.”

“Hopefully now I’ve made a name for myself and I can just continue to build off of that and go in the right direction.”


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Dwayne Hendricks' persistence is finally paying off

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Dwayne Hendricks had two sacks in the Giants' preseason opener against the Jaguars.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dwayne Hendricks was too big to play Pop Warner football in seventh grade. The Giants defensive tackle was about five pounds over the weight limit, and as much as he wanted to be a player like his big brother Damien, he just didn’t want to lose the weight necessary to get on the field.

And that may be the last time Hendricks opted out of hard work when it came to football.

“I have the utmost respect for that kid,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “That kid worked his ever-loving off. In fact I use him as an example.”

The Giants have waived Hendricks four times. That’s four times that he’s gone back to his mother’s house in Millville, N.J. Four times he’s hit the gym harder than he thought possible -- working with his old high school team while confident that another shot was going to come his way.

“It’s all about perseverance,” Hendricks said. "I look at a lot of people’s stories around the league, like (former Giant and current Raiders defensive end) Dave Tollefson. He told me he got cut and he wasn’t even playing football for two years.”

This is the training camp when Hendricks' time may finally come. After spending the bulk of the 2011 season on the practice squad, Hendricks is hearing effusive praise from his coaches, including the notoriously tight-lipped Coughlin.

“I’ve told anybody that goes against Dwayne Hendricks -- he’s going full-speed every play,” Coughlin said. “So if you’re foolish enough to think that he’s not going to make you look bad, you’re ridiculous. So he goes out and plays the game just like he practices. He did very well for himself.”

It’s all fitting together for Hendricks. He is catching the coaching staff’s eye, and some injuries -- both Shaun Rogers and Marvin Austin are hurt -- could result in some playing time. Even if that wasn’t the way he wanted to get it.

“You never want to see somebody go down like that, it’s never a good thing,” Hendricks said. “You play this game because you want to compete and be the best and not be given something by default.”

The Giants are looking to bring in another veteran defensive tackle. As it stands, Chris Canty could be on the PUP list to start the season with a knee injury. Rocky Bernard and Linval Joseph are healthy, but Rogers (blood clot) is out for the year and Austin’s results from a trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery are not yet in.

On the last day of Giants camp in Albany, Hendricks worked with both the second- and third-team defense.

After playing for the University of Miami, Hendricks was signed as a rookie free agent on May 9, 2009. Since that day, he’s been waived four times and, between practice and regular rosters, signed nine times.

When he was home in 2010, not sure whether his football career was over, Hendricks volunteered to help coach defense at his old high school. Head coach Jason Durham said Hendricks had always been one of the most popular people at the school -- not just because he was a football player, but because he was a good student as well.

Hendricks maintains relationships with his former teachers, and Durham laughed while saying that Hendricks couldn’t get in and out of the school in less than an hour with all the people he stops to talk to.

“He’s very personable and very patient,” Durham said. “Some athletes have a hard time explaining things to young players, but that wasn’t the case with Dwayne.”

Clearly patience has been key for Hendricks, ever since watching his brother Damien -- seven years his senior -- and wanting to be a part of the game he played. The patience and hard work is finally coming to fruition. Damien played four years as a lineman at Temple, but didn't go on to the NFL. Now Dwayne is making that dream come true for both of them.

“All the things that he told me and advice that he’s given me, it’s paying off,” Hendricks said.


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Dwayne Hendricks Not Afraid To Compete, Impressing Coaches

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Dwayne Hendricks isn’t one to shy away from competition. It’s the reason he chose to play at the University of Miami. It’s the reason he’s hung around the Giants organization, being waived and signed again four times since 2009. It’s also the reason Tom Coughlin tells anyone going against the defensive tackle to watch out.

“If you’re foolish enough to think that he’s not going to make you look bad, you’re ridiculous,” were his exact words after Sunday’s practice, the first one back at camp since the preseason opener.

At the time, Coughlin was talking about how players translated practice reps into game action. Hendricks, who has spent most of his career on the practice squad (solely with the Giants), did exactly that and notched two sacks against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“He goes out and plays the game just like he practices,” Coughlin concluded. “He did very well for himself.”

Hendricks wasn’t aware of his coach’s comments, but knew he had a solid enough performance to get his name out there.

“It’s always good to make a name for yourself,” he said on Monday. “Anytime I can go out there and show them I can get the job done, I think it only raises my stock and the value that I have.”

Signed to the active roster for a little longer than a month last season, Hendricks made his only NFL appearance in Week 9 against the Patriots. And at a deep position along a talented defensive line, he doesn’t know when the next time will be.

For the time being, all he can do is compete.

“You have to like to compete,” Hendricks, a Millville (N.J.) native, said. “I didn’t go to Miami not to compete. I went there to compete, and it’s the same here. You come here, you want to compete. It’s only going to bring the best out of you. If you go somewhere where you’re not really competing, how can you get the best out of yourself?”


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Tom Coughlin Praises Dwayne Hendricks

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Tom Coughlin with huge praise for DT Dwayne Hendricks: "I’ve told anybody that goes against Dwayne Hendricks, he’s going full speed every play, OK? So if you’re foolish enough to think that he’s not going to make you look bad, you’re ridiculous.”



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Dwayne Hendricks Injured

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DT Dwayne Hendricks appeared to suffer an injury to his knee -- Coughlin said there was initial concern about his MCL -- but was up on the sideline moving around afterward, Coughlin said he hoped it was not serious.

Hendricks, a 26-year-old defensive tackle, was on the Giants' active roster for five games last season. The 2004 Millville High School graduate spent parts of the previous two seasons on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami.

Coughlin said Hendricks was able to do some zig-zag moves after being hurt.


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