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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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Giants Sign Dwayne Hendricks

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The New York Giants already are stocking their roster for training camp this summer.

The Super Bowl champions announced Wednesday that they had signed as free agents eight players who spent all or part of this season on their practice squad.

The eight are defensive back Brandon Bing, running back Andre Brown, offensive lineman Selvish Capers, receivers Dan DePalma and Isaiah Stanback, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, tight end Christian Hopkins, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and defensive end DE Adrian Tracy.

Hendricks is the only one of the eight who played in a regular-season game, appearing in one.


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CORRECTION: Antrel Rolle Kenny Phillips & Dwayne Hendricks Get Super Bowl Rings

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With the NY Giants defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl XLVI last night in Indianapolis, three player Super Bowl Rings were added to the proCane trophy case with starting safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips winning rings along with defensive lineman practice squader Dwayne Hendricks as well. Congrats to all three players, but we must not forget Special Assistant Coach for the Giants and former proCane Jesse Armstead who also, as a result of the Giants’ victory, won a Super Bowl Ring yesterday.

CORRECTION: Bruce Johnson will also receive a Super Bowl ring. Despite not being on the NY Giants roster either on the active or IR roster, according to their website, Bruce Johnson will receive a ring. Several proCanes.com fans notified us that Bruce did post a message on Facebook to that effect. We thank everyone for their help in getting this figured out!


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Antrel Rolle Kenny Phillips & Dwayne Hendricks Get Super Bowl Rings

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With the NY Giants defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl XLVI last night in Indianapolis, three player Super Bowl Rings were added to the proCane trophy case with starting safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips winning rings along with defensive lineman practice squader Dwayne Hendricks as well. Congrats to all three players, but we must not forget Special Assistant Coach for the Giants and former proCane Jesse Armstead who also, as a result of the Giants’ victory, won a Super Bowl Ring yesterday.


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Dwayne Hendricks Will Be On German TV

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INDIANAPOLIS — Duzz geebts noor here Puls 4.

No, I didn’t just take my hand and drag it across the keyboard. Those were the words scrawled on a notebook by a German media host, who said it translated to “Only can be seen on Channel 4.”

It’s a message that Giants backup DT Dwayne Hendricks was asked to say on camera during the team’s Media Day availability. It took Hendricks a few takes, but he eventually nailed it.

“It basically shows that the NFL isn’t just a U.S. thing,” he said. “It’s spread into other countries, even Germany. Just knowing that it’s not going to be a statewide or countrywide, but worldwide event provides more incentive.”

German TV reporters are fun, but no one brings the party like the Spanish-speaking media. One news team was equipped with a boom box and a 6-foot pole with a disco ball attached on a string. The team was going up to players asking them to do their best Victor Cruz-inspired salsa dance.


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Dwayne Hendricks Will Be On Giants Sideline

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Dwayne Hendricks isn’t sure if he’ll get on the field Sunday in the New York Giants’ biggest game of the season, but that isn’t stopping the 2004 Millville High School graduate from enjoying everything the NFL’s grandest stage has to offer.

Hendricks, 25, and his teammates arrived in Indianapolis on Monday as Big Blue prepares to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The teams participated in NFL Media Day on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Hendricks got his first real taste of the frenzy surrounding the spectacle.

As part of the Giants’ practice squad, Hendricks will be allowed on the sideline for the game, but will not be dressed for play.

“Indy is great, we just wrapped up Media Day and it was a pretty incredible experience,” the defensive lineman said in a telephone interview. “The town is showing nothing but love for us. Everyone has been very hospitable.

“I heard there were something like 7,000 people at the event, which someone said might be a record. When I got back to our hotel room downtown, I looked out the window and there’s just fans everywhere. I’m seeing a lot of blue, because that’s what both teams wear.”

Hendricks, who is currently a member of the Giants’ practice squad, has appeared in just one game this season — in a 24-20 win over the Patriots on Nov. 6, when the Millville native played on special teams.

Being a part of that victory is something that has stuck with Hendricks this season.

“I was just saying to myself that the last time I had an opportunity to play was a win against New England, and it feels good knowing I had a hand in that,” Hendricks said. “For me, I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to play Sunday, but you have to be ready because you never know what could happen.”

Super Bowl week creates a circus-like atmosphere in the host city every year, but Hendricks, who played college football at University of Miami, maintains staying focused shouldn’t be a problem.

“The NFL and New York Giants have put together a good plan that allows you to separate yourself from the distractions,” he said. “The best thing to do is just stay in your room, watch film and maybe try to sneak in a movie during some downtime. Whatever you can do to keep yourself out of the spotlight.”

There will be no hiding from the bright lights Sunday, however.

The Giants, who didn’t clinch a postseason berth until claiming the NFC East division title with a win over Dallas on the final week of the regular season, hope to ride their hot streak to their first Super Bowl title since beating New England, 17-14, in 2008.

“It’s mainly about clicking at the right time, and I feel like we’ve done that on both sides of the ball over the last five games,” Hendricks said of the Giants. “Coach (Tom) Coughlin has been here before and knows the right way to go about it. He knows what’s best for the team, and we are all willing to do whatever it takes to win the game.”

Hendricks was signed by the Giants as a free agent rookie in 2009.

Even if he doesn’t suit up Sunday, he still plans to use the Super Bowl as a learning experience.

“I consider it a blessing to be a part of this,” Hendricks said. “It’s only my third year in the league, and I’ve learned that if you put in the hard work, not just the typical hard work, but over and beyond, that it pays off. To have this opportunity shows that.”


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CORRECTION: 4 proCanes Advance to Super Bowl

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Technically, four proCanes are headed to Super Bowl XLVI, though only three will see action. Vince WIlfork played an integral part in the Patriots’ victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, with several defensive plays, while Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips were solid in their defensive effort versus the 49ers and fellow proCane Frank Gore. Additionally for the Giants, current practice squad member of the Giants Dwayne Hendricks would also get a Super Bowl ring if the Giants were to win.

CORRECTION: Because Bruce Johnson was injured before the beginning of the season, he was not put on IR, but instead waived, so he is not on the Giants’ roster.


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