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Broncos are ‘counting on’ Carlos Henderson to play slot

The Denver Broncos hope to see more of Carlos Henderson in 2018, especially from the slot position.

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The Denver Broncos will need to see significant contributions from their 2017 draft class. a good chunk of that class missed the season to injury. Tight end Jake Butt is expected to be a full go in 2018, as is third-round pick wide receiver Carlos Henderson.

He came into training camp last season out of shape, but a quick look at his social media shows a man obsessed with being in the best shape of his life entering training camp this year. The transformation is impressive.

The Broncos are counting on him playing a large role on their offense in 2018.

“Carlos Henderson, he missed last year as a third-round pick,” Head coach Vance Joseph said last week. “We’re counting on that kid to come in and play for us, especially in the slot. Or even ‘E’ goes to the slot and [Carlos] goes outside. Someone has to go into the slot and win the 1-on-1s so we can get fair coverages on third downs.”

Coming out of college, Henderson was a beast for Louisiana Tech. He finished his final season with a whooping 82 catches for 1535 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has the talent to explode from the slot position, but the coaching staff is willing to have him and Emmanuel Sanders work from both the slot and outside.

If Henderson can bring it all together, the Broncos could find themselves with a trio of offensive threats at the wide receiver position.