Former LSU Tiger Devery Henderson is the Saints' all-time leader in yards per catch, averaging 18.2 yards per grab. And since 2006, only Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace has totaled more yards per catch in the entire NFL. Now entering his ninth year in the NFL, all with New Orleans, Henderson is eager to prove he's still got the speed and big play ability.
"Yeah, I still got it," the confident, yet humble Henderson said. "It's just a matter of going hard and working hard every day. Just making the most of those opportunities and showing them I can still make those long catches."
During his pro career, Henderson has hauled in 223 receptions for 4,061 yards and 19 touchdowns. Last season, he got off to hot start, with 100 and 103 yards receiving in the Saints' first two games. His numbers dropped off from that point, although Henderson did have another big 41-yard touchdown strike from Drew Brees in their playoff rout of the Detroit Lions in the Superdome. He said having Brees back with a new, blockbuster contract is big for everyone.
"He brings so much to the offense - the leadership, the directing traffic back there. It's great to have him coming in for training camp. You can feel that relief and not be answering questions in your head. We can move forward from there," Henderson explained.
There are currently 11 wide receivers on the Saints roster. Henderson, along with Marques Colston and Lance Moore, would likely be considered locks to make the squad. After that, things get very interesting.
"They're doing a real good job at it. They're competing across the board, even the older guys. That's all you can ask for," Henderson said of the wide receiving corps.
Henderson has been with the Saints long enough to have played with former receiving great Joe Horn. Adrian Arrington has had Horn's old No. 87 jersey for his first three years as a pro, but has failed to make an impact with the franchise. However, the former Michigan Wolverines star is finally making big catches and contributing in this camp.
"He's doing a good job representing that number. Hopefully, he keeps it up. I want to see all those guys do well. We cheer each other on. That's the kind of group we have," Henderson added.
Henderson is also excited about his LSU Tigers' chances for the 2012 season, saying they have "a lot of depth across the board" and he's also anxious to watch new quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
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