Denver Broncos: Carlos Henderson put on notice by Vance Joseph

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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was not overly pleased when asked about second-year wide receiver Carlos Henderson…

There’s no reading between the lines with Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph’s latest comments about wide receiver Carlos Henderson.

Henderson worked off to the side of practice with a lingering hamstring injury he’s been dealing with since phase two of the team’s offseason program.

When Joseph was asked about Henderson and why he wasn’t practicing, his tone and demeanor noticeably changed.

To sum up, Joseph challenged Henderson to get out on the field or he was going to have a very difficult time making the roster.

That may be somewhat of a hollow threat as Henderson was a high draft pick just a year ago, and John Elway may veto the decision to cut him outright, but Henderson can’t afford to abuse that type of clout.

It was really disappointing to hear of Henderson not practicing in general but to see how passionate Joseph was when asked about him was an indicator that he’s definitely in the coach’s doghouse at this point.

It’s hard to fault Joseph for being frustrated.

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After missing his entire rookie season with a thumb injury, Henderson was arrested this offseason in Louisiana and was likely on thin ice anyway.

Now he’s been missing valuable reps in OTAs with the team’s depth at wide receiver getting stronger by the day.

Rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton continue to get rave reviews from their coaches, teammates, and from people just watching practice in general.

Henderson isn’t getting the face time he needs and he’s in hot water because of it. It would be a shock if Henderson was cut by the Broncos this offseason. Even in some of the most extreme cases, John Elway has held on to struggling young players for at least a couple of seasons.

It’s likely the Broncos will carry six receivers into the regular season and unless they work out some kind of trade with another team, it’s likely Henderson will be among that group.

Still, he’s facing an uphill battle and needs to start making plays to get himself back on the good graces of the coaching staff.