Rookie running back De’Angelo Henderson has been one of the stars of training camp for the Denver Broncos in 2017.
The sixth-round pick (No. 201 overall) from Coastal Carolina went from being a player that looked destined for the team’s practice squad, to being a lock to make the Broncos’ 53-man roster in a matter of two weeks.
Henderson has been flat-out outstanding during practice. His vision, low center of gravity, receiving skills, and ability to break tackles remind me of a young Ray Rice. He is currently listed behind veterans C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Jamaal Charles, and Stevan Ridley on Denver’s depth chart, but make no mistake about it, Henderson will contribute in some way, shape, or form in 2017.
In Denver’s first preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Henderson stole the show in the fourth quarter. In total, he rushed seven times for 54 yards, but it was the following 41-yard touchdown run that likely sealed his roster spot.
Barring injury, Anderson is going to be the Broncos’ No. 1 running back in 2017. He has earned that right with his play in the past and his performance in camp. But don’t be surprised if Henderson ends up getting 5-10 carries per game by mid-season.