Denver Broncos: Predicting Carlos Henderson 2017 Stats
Denver Broncos Garett Bolles is irreplaceable blocking blindside of Paxton Lynch/Trevor Siemian, but Carlos Henderson has chance to be Rookie of the Year.
The boys of fall are back at the end of July, but there potentially is no Denver Broncos player poised for a monster rookie year than Carlos Henderson. Henderson is a safety net and yards after catch guru. Vance Joseph cannot to see the potential of this young man.
“The way he turns his body after the catch, gets through traffic, and he’s just looking to advance the ball with that physical edge. We’re excited to see what he can become,” Joseph said about Henderson’s ability.
Henderson may have played running back the bulk of his career except for recent years, but he looks every bit as physical and quick to make an impact. It is these running back instincts that help in yards after the catch, one of his specialties. Henderson talked about it in June.
“I think when I get the ball maybe I just naturally just kind of go there. Running back instincts, when I run, I run physical. If you’re not physical you won’t last,” Henderson added about his technique.
Every year Henderson played at Louisiana Tech he raised the level each season. This is a sign of embracing a role on offense and the talents at wide receiver. Henderson last year reached new heights as he was awarded the Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.
Working on his routes and fine tuning the arts of wide receiver should be not be a problem. After all, he has Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas teaching the ropes.
“I think I’m still working to be a complete receiver, catching the ball away from my body, attacking the ball, high-pointing the ball at all times. Just learn from [Thomas] and Emmanuel, two of the best out there and get ready to play,” Henderson said he is ready to make an impression.
Henderson has a good chance to be the safety net for Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch. A number three wide receiver or tight end historically always are. In the offense Mike McCoy likes to run with bubble screens, Thomas and Sanders do not have to be the focal point. Henderson can be that guy too.
Look at Connor Rodgers tweet right here. Somewhere Tyke Tolbert is grinning ear to ear.
He even caught the eye of Broncos special teams coach Brock Olivo. Remember, Henderson adds talent on special teams too.
“Love that guy. 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.”
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Henderson will put together a huge rookie season. It is a rookie season that could see him being a Rookie of the Year candidate.
Prediction: 1,135 total yards with 9 touchdowns (960 receiving, 175 rushing).