De'Angelo Henderson might need new cell plan if TD run leads to bigger things

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For many, a cellphone is lifes barometer, a gauge of how things are going and a forecast for what might be on the way.

So when Denver Broncos running back DeAngelo Henderson looked down at his phone late Thursday night, he had a good idea that an awful lot of people had seen how things were going and what might be in his future.

I had, like, 300 text messages, a bunch of missed calls, people all over Twitter," Henderson said. It was beyond anything I expected. I didnt even know some of those people had my number. High school, elementary school, all kinds of people. That was pretty crazy."

The preseason always seems to have its attention grabbers -- the heroes of August who dont always find their way into the action when the games begin to count. But there is a different feel around Henderson, who was the Broncos sixth-round pick in April's NFL draft.

Henderson has flashed his speed and elusiveness in a variety of practice situations and has received some wait-and-see praise from Broncos coach Vance Joseph. And then came Thursday, when Henderson popped a 41-yard touchdown run that gave the Broncos a 24-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener, sending his phone into a frenzy.

Henderson finished the game with 54 yards rushing on seven carries -- he also had an 11-yard run called back by a holding penalty -- and his touchdown run came on a third-and-22 play just after the two-minute warning. Asked after Saturdays practice if Henderson had surprised him at least a little in recent weeks, Joseph said that was not the case.

Thats been special," Joseph said. Hes made guys miss in space, he showed explosion. That was a big-time run on Thursday night. Thats what weve seen from that guy from the first day hes been at camp, so Im not surprised he played so well."


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