Moving along to part 39 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at former XFL turned Steelers linebacker:
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 265 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2019 (Dolphins)
1 QB Hit
Expires in 2021
$610,000 salary cap number (0.30% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Slim-chance. Obviously T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, and Alex Highsmith are making this team atop the OLB depth chart. Tuzar Skipper and Ola Adeniyi are next on the list. That already makes 5 outside linebackers and the team usually just carries 9 total linebackers on he active roster.
Hendrix has also been rumored to kick inside and play the 3-4 DE spot. The same challenges await him in the interior however, as Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Chris Wormley, and Tyson Alualu will immediately be above him on the depth chart.
Hendrix best shot at the team would be at outside backer, but even then the odds are not in his favor.
I don't foresee Hendrix being available for all 16 games this season. I think he does in fact end up back on the practice roster but will get the call up at some point during the season. One of these XFL guys has to be good, right!?
2 Games played
The Steelers defensive unit is so talented that it’s going to be a challenge for anyone who wasn't already on the roster in 2020 to make the team. Hendrix has a mountain to climb to make this team at linebacker or defensive end, but this is one of the rare cases where I think someone can. The only thing is, the Pitt alum will have to be really good in camp.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III