New Broncos running back Travis Henry doesn’t look all that imposing. He’s 5’ 9” tall and weighs 230 pounds. But he rules the roost of Denver rushers.
Henry has had a great start to training camp and the initial reports are more than positive. Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler loves having Henry in his backfield.
“I’m probably more excited about him than anybody else,” Cutler said after Monday morning’s practice.
“The way he’s hitting holes and how he’s reading blocks and getting downhill…we’re throwing some new protections at him and he’s able to pick up all that stuff and get out and catch the ball.”
Cutler makes it sound like Superman just changed the color of his tights to orange and blue.
“I’m looking forward to what he does out there,” Cutler added.
So am I. The Broncos have had running backs that have been effective. Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary and Ruben Droughns are a few. But the list of recent Broncos running backs who have dominated is much shorter.
Yes, Terrell Davis and Clinton Portis (when he wanted to) come to mind. Beyond that, the pickings are slim.
That’s where Henry comes in. Travis Henry can dominate in the Broncos offense. He might not have Davis’ all-around ability or Portis’ flash, but Travis Henry is tough.
The Broncos need a tough running back.
They need someone who converts a third-and-three while protecting a two-point lead with four-and-a-half minutes left.
They need a back to stick his nose where there isn’t any room and find a way to grind out the critical yards at the critical moments.
Henry is the guy to do those things.
“I gotta do what I do, pounding, pounding,” Henry admitted. “After a while, guys will be trying to miss me. That’s the whole plan, just keep punching it in there and then they won’t want any more come the fourth quarter.”
Henry’s blue-collar approach fits perfectly in Denver. That will become apparent when the regular season begins.
“Each day I’m feeling better and better with the system. It’s just a matter of time before I have it down pat. I really think I can do some big things in this offense,” Henry said.
Kings have a way of doing things big. Let the reign of King Henry begin.
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