De’Angelo Henderson touches the ball, scores a touchdown

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Running back De'Angelo Henderson
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Running back De'Angelo Henderson /

Denver Broncos rookie running back De’Angelo Henderson touched the ball, and, predictably scored with it immediately. Who knew?

The Denver Broncos have inexplicably kept De’Angelo Henderson on the inactive list the majority of the season, because they apparently can’t take four running backs into a game.

Even though Henderson plays and excels on special teams.

Head coach Vance Joseph had attributed Henderson’s lack of activity on gamedays to a ‘numbers game’, so apparently the Broncos were content to just let Henderson’s talent waste away on the sidelines.

It should come as no surprise to you, then, that Henderson’s first opportunity at real involvement in the Broncos’ offense was prosperous, as he took a screen pass from Paxton Lynch for the Broncos’ lone first-half touchdown.

Henderson showed this kind of playmaking ability all throughout the preseason for the Broncos, so it’s more than a little frustrating to think about what could have been, even though this season was a disappointment for more reasons than just Henderson’s absence.

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It’s also a shame considering what Henderson did on this play is pretty much what Broncos fans had hoped Jamaal Charles would bring to the table all season long, but the coaching staff also inexplicably decided not to play him as well.

The Broncos lacked an explosive element at the running back position by design this season, which is all the more reason to scratch your head at some of this coaching staff’s decisions.

This is a happy moment for Henderson, however, who has a really bright future in this league. The Broncos picked him in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Coastal Carolina, and it was apparent from a very early point that this kid has what it takes to play at a high level in the NFL.

Perhaps his touchdown catch and run in this game will pave the way for even more opportunities going forward…