Anatomy of a WR: Quadree Henderson

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By G.Stryker
www.SteelerNation.com

Quadree Henderson is a smaller receiver/skatback. At 5’8” 192 lbs, he is short, but he is solid. He is a legit kick and punt returner, which is something the Steelers haven’t had since Antonio Brown earned a pro bowl for doing both.

Henderson didn’t have much production in college, and his best season both as a player and kick returner was in 2016. I’m not sure about his drop in production last year, but he still managed to play in every game and also had 2 punt return touchdowns.

Henderson has experience playing at Hines Field as a Pittsburgh Panther in college. Another reason why he was called in could be his close proximity to the Steelers scouts, seeing him run wild on their home field.

Here is a look at his highlights to see if we can find any trends to his ability:

Starting off, we see his return plays. A lot of long returns. He has good vision, and excellent quickness and acceleration. For a smaller player, he is tough to bring down. Arm tackles are not going to do it.

2:46 Lined up as the X coming in motion toward the QB. Takes the handoff on the endaround for a long TD. Excellent running with no wasted motion or hesitation. This is how you want WRs to take endarounds.

2:57 Lined up as the wingback/skatback left and takes the handoff for an end around. Doesn’t give up speed or yardage and breaks an arm tackle, then accelerates for the TD.

3:08 Lined up as the wingback/skatback right and takes the handoff for an end around, untouched for a TD.

3:17 Came in motion to Line up as the wingback/skatback right and takes the handoff for an end around. Incredible quickness on the cutback to turn this into a big gain.

3:29 In motion to become the inside slot, trips right and runs an out behind the other 2 receivers. Good pattern. Ball is a little behind and is trapped with the body.

3:44 Lined up as the wingback/skatback left and takes the handoff for a jet sweep left and finds the end zone

3:51 Lined up as the wingback/skatback left and takes the handoff for a jet sweep left and finds the end zone. I like the way he finished this play with power to earn the touchdown.

Analysis:

Henderson looks faster than his 4.5 recorded 40 time (his unofficial pro day had times of 4.38 and 4.40). His quickness and high end acceleration makes it look like he has the torque of an electric sports car. Gets up to top speed as quick as any player can. Has great wiggle, vision, and cutback ability. Is very comfortable with the ball in his hands, and uses his talents to break big plays.

Limited as a receiver. Runs a lot of jet sweeps and endarounds. Not enough tape to really have an opinion on his hands as a receiver. For a small player, you expect quickness, but you don’t expect power and toughness. He has both and fights with passion, for extra yardage.

I’d project Quadree Henderson as a slot WR with the chance to run jet sweeps and end arounds. Good if you are running the opposite receiver as a decoy before the handoff. His best chance of making the team this year, is as a kick/punt returner. If he can show that he has some slot potential to go along with his special teams potential, he could sneak on to the roster this season.

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