There’s plenty of speed on defense for the Denver Broncos. But at the offensive skill positions, Denver sat in last place in the AFC West. Carlos Henderson is expected to change that fact.
The Denver Broncos watched the likes of Kansas City Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill emerge out of nowhere last season and they know it’s imparitive they find a way to compete.
With injuries to key offensive players last season, the Denver Broncos got slower as the year went on.
Competing with the Division
Kansas City got faster, San Diego added outside playmakers and Oakland has the best offensive line in the division. Denver has to find their edge.
Denver selected Utah OT Garett Bolles to compete with Ty Sambrailo on the offensive line, which John Elway, executive vice president of football operations and general manager, did to give the Broncos the opportunity to go out and get faster. Enter Carlos Henderson, slot receiver from Louisiana Tech.
Broncos in Transition
Elway used his team’s third round pick on Henderson in the 2017 NFL Draft, signaling a move from relatively slow, to extremely fast.
Henderson told reporters he looks up to veteran Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. But coaches know he is very different from the two Denver stallworths.
“Love that guy,” Broncos special teams coach Brock Olivo said per Jeff Legwold. “He’s got juice and he’s a linear speed guy … Carlos is your downhill, run-behind-your-pads, run-through-smoke — as we say for kickoff returners. He’s got courage. That’s the type of kid we like as a kick returner. So, very, very excited about Carlos, as well. He runs angry with the ball in his hands, and we love that.”
Running angry and with speed is just what the doctor ordered for the Denver offense that struggled in the passing game.
The Need for Speed
C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker are far from speed burners. Jamaal Charles is coming off two major surgeries, but can open things up in the open field if healthy.
But Henderson, along with healthy Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor and Cody Latimer, can instantly get faster and help Mike McCoy to have an offense where opposing defenses get stretched.
The belief is under McCoy, the Broncos can go back to what they do best.
Carlos Henderson’s triple threat stats at Louisiana Tech
Henderson Elevates the Group
Head Coach Vance Joseph told reporters back in May that Henderson runs like a running back. And that shouldn’t as a surprise to the Denver Broncos according to Henderson.
“I played running back my whole life. I moved to receiver not that long ago,” Henderson told reporters. “Running back instincts, when I run, I run physical … if you’re not physical you won’t last.”
Health will be the name of the game for the 5’10, 165-pound receiver. But despite his size, his speed should open things up for a Denver Broncos offense in desperate need of explosion.