Travis Henry was one of the Denver Broncos’ major free agent acquisitions of 2007, and he really seems to fit in well with how the Broncos do things.
Quite a lot of newspaper space has been taken up with explanations about how he is a downhill runner who should fit into the Broncos’ offensive scheme, and when you watch him at practice that quality jumps right out at you. He is a strong runner who is always moving forward with a minimum of jumping outside.
But there is a lot more to succeeding than just ability.
In fact, I think that the attitude which a player brings to his work, presuming he has the requisite skills in the first place, is the deciding factor that separates the might-have-been and could-have-been from the actual players.
I have talked with Travis Henry several times, and observed him every day, and he appears to be one of those guys who really “gets it.” He works hard, knows what he is here for, knows how what he does fits into the team scheme, and he wants the ball.
He wants it all day long, and has the belief that the more he carries, the better he gets, especially as the game moves along.
He has been a 1,000-yard rusher three times in his career thus far, at Buffalo and Tennessee, and the expectation is that he will have every opportunity to show that he can pick up the tough yards and carry a heavy workload here in Denver.
I also think we have some of the best and most knowledgeable fans in the country, people who understand and appreciate the running game and what it means toward controlling both the clock and the game.
Our fans are really going to like Travis Henry. He is all business and knows which direction the goal line is.
He has worked hard in practices and gives those of us who are observers an anxiousness about getting the games under way.
At this morning’s practice session there were a couple of separate instances in which he showed his power, drive and “downhill running” ability, eliciting obvious crowd comment. The crowd reaction was of the type that indicates they saw something special. You never want to go overboard early in camp, but in this case what we all saw matched the stories that have been written about his style.
You have a lot of anticipation when you expect to be good. That’s how everyone here feels about the team, and about the Broncos’ new running back, Travis Henry.
As always, thanks for reading.