For many NFL rookies, the fastest way to earn a place on a roster is via special teams. That very well may be the case for Broncos sixth-round draft pick De’Angelo Henderson, but he’s still very much excited to learn from the veteran running backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
The former Coastal Carolina running back joins a Broncos backfield that before he was drafted contained Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Juwan Thompson and Bernard Pierce. Then, John Elway added veteran All-Pro Jamaal Charles to the mix the week following the draft.
Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7 caught up with Henderson at the conclusion of rookie orientation last Saturday and asked him his reaction when he learned he’d be in the same meeting room as Charles.
“[It] definitely was, like, a ‘wow’ moment,” Henderson said, adding that he’s “very excited to learn from him. You talk about one of the greatest running backs that’s been in the game in the last – in his tenure here [in the NFL] – so I’m excited to learn from him to see what he can teach me, what I can pick up from him as we go along. Him and the other guys as well.”
Henderson is one of three speedy playmakers drafted in part for his potential to contribute on special teams. He, along with receivers Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie, will have a chance to compete for punt and kick return duties, while hoping to climb the depth chart on offense.
Listen to the full interview with Henderson, including just how small was the biggest crowd he’s ever played in front of, in the podcast below…
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