Training camp has officially kicked off across the league. Every team will be able to gauge their talent and develop what they hope become valuable assets from their rookies and young prospects. But, only 53 players can make the final roster, and 10 make the practice squad.
For the Denver Broncos, there are already players that own their respective positions. Others have to fight and claw to make it through the ranks. But for wide receiver Carlos Henderson, his chance could be more difficult then he bargained for.
Henderson was drafted by Denver in the third round of the of the 2017 NFL Draft. After struggling to make the roster last season, the second year receiver broke his thumb and was promptly put on injured reserve. Earlier this year, the former Louisiana Tech running back was arrested on marijuana charges in Louisiana and showed up to minicamp with hamstring issues.
And so the woes continued Wednesday when Henderson was put on the Did Not Report list. His agent told the team that he is having family and personal issues, and needs some time to deal with it. The Broncos, in turn, feel confident he’ll be able to return to camp at some point.
We’ve designated WRs Jimmy Williams & Carlos Henderson as Reserve/Did Not Report.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 25, 2018
This is where the all-out war begins for the second year player.
Henderson is already in a jumbled receiving group vying for spots behind Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. And don’t forget that Denver drafted two receivers in this year’s draft as well as adding a few more through undrafted free agents.
His chances are looking quite difficult and his spot on the team seems to be almost out of reach. The 23-year old has a plenty to prove and this could be his last chance to do so with the organization.
“It’s hard to make the lineup when you miss practice. When you miss, someone that’s here, takes your spot. You can’t make the club,…. From the tub….”
-Coach John Cain#Team35#trainingcamp2018
— John Hines (@JohnHines66) July 19, 2018
If Henderson doesn’t shine, he definitely won’t make the roster for the home opener on September 9th as Denver hosts the Seattle Seahawks. If he can meet the standard, he most likely will be utilized on the special teams unit.
In the end, Henderson better show out soon because Denver’s first preseason game is in about two weeks.