After the first practice for the 2017 NFL season, players took part in interviews from the Denver media. One of them being rookie running back, De’Angelo Henderson.
A big storyline right before camp started was the injury to fellow running back, Devontae Booker. Henderson was asked about the injury to Booker.
“It was an unfortunate event, hopefully he recovers quick because he’s a high talent and we need him. There’s more reps and more opportunity. I’m going to maximize everything I get and see what happens.”
Henderson was optimistic about his first practice in pads, saying, “I feel that I did pretty well. Day 1 in helmets, running around and getting the blood flowing. See what happens when we get going the next days.”
Despite the number of fans in attendance keeping an eye on the RB (3,792 fans in attendance today), Henderson seemed to be comfortable: “I never had fans at practice before so that’s pretty cool to have them out here. I’m never nervous.”
“Hop” realizes that perfecting his game will take time. “I definitely have to stay patient,” he said. “I know I’m pretty fast, so getting the ball I have to stay patient on it and meet my reads and marks.”
He is taking it one day at a time and taking things as they come his way. “I feel like for the most part I have everything I need to have for right now. Of course as we go along I’ll learn more but for right now I’m pretty confident in myself.”
While Hop is hoping to have a chance at being a rotate at the position, Denver signed another RB today, Steven Ridley. This may drop him further down the waiting list. The bulk of Ridley’s experience came with hated New England* where he started 25 of his 62 NFL games.