Carlos Henderson: An answer for the no. 3 WR job

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The Denver Broncos might have an answer for the no. 3 WR quandary on their current roster and it happens to be 2017 NFL Draft pick Carlos Henderson…

It goes without saying the Denver Broncos need their 2017 NFL Draft class to take the field and contribute as soon as possible.

Garett Bolles, Isaiah McKenzie, DeMarcus Walker and Brendan Langley saw the most action of the draft picks last season. McKenzie expanded his role more at wide receiver, but failed to make an impact. If only one of the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver draft picks didn’t sustain an injury in preseason…

That player is Carlos Henderson.

Henderson’s talent is very interesting to diagnose. He is a thick bodied wide receiver that performed on kickoffs during the preseason. However, a severe thumb injury sidelined him for the rest of the preseason and regular season.

Fast forward to 2018, and Henderson is working on his core endlessly. This bodes well for a resurgence in 2018.

Not to mention, Henderson’s college tape provides a glimpse to what he might be in Denver. He broke 37 percent of the tackles he faced in college. Corey Davis, the first wide receiver taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, missed 22 percent.

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Henderson has a unique style of running like he’s a halfback. This explains why his percentage is so high. If running at full speed, no one will want to tackle him. The Broncos need a wide receiver that can make defenders miss in the open field. Henderson gives them that.

Furthermore, one aspect of Henderson’s game that goes unnoticed is his run blocking. Henderson makes a concerted effort to become an all-around player. It helps having a thicker frame, which he is working on. Not to be outdone on Henderson, he understands how to high-point a ball in the air and become a dynamic red zone threat.

In fact, if Henderson didn’t have his thumb injury in the preseason there’s a strong chance he would have entrenched himself as the team’s third wide receiver. It is lofty to expect great things from a player we know nothing yet about in the NFL. Yet, like tight end Jake Butt, Henderson may be one of the best offseason acquisitions the Denver Broncos will make in 2018.

Henderson was arrested on marijuana charge, but since it is his first offense, don’t expect a suspension. Based on his recent workout videos on Twitter, Henderson is putting the past behind him and becoming the playmaker the Denver Broncos view him as.

Henderson is on a course for a huge year in the Broncos’ offense.