Devery Henderson

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Devery Henderson
Devery Henderson at SB XLIV victory parade.jpg
Henderson at the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory parade in New Orleans
No. --     Free agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-26) March 26, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Lafayette, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Opelousas (LA)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Debuted in 2004 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions 245
Receiving Yards 4,377
Receiving TDs 20
Stats at NFL.com

Devery Vaughn Henderson, Jr. (born March 26, 1982) is a ten year veteran of National Football League, who is currently a free agent. The Louisianan-born Henderson went to LSU where he and the Tigers won the 2004 BCS National Championship Game for the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. A few months later in the 2004 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints, an organization only about 2+ hours from Lafayette, LA, needing a burst of speed at receiver, draft Henderson in the second round. Henderson is a respected member of the New Orleans community, and was part of the Super Bowl XLIV team as a first time champion, along with the Saints organization claiming the 2009 NFL season as champions.

Early years[edit]

Henderson grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana, and attended Opelousas High School where he was a star for their highly rated track team. He attended LSU on a track scholarship & had to try out for the football team.

College career[edit]

The highlight of his career at LSU came on November 9, 2002. Henderson caught the famed "Bluegrass Miracle" pass from Marcus Randall to help defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 33–30.[1] The "Bluegrass Miracle" also won an ESPY award the following year for "Best Play."[2] Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the LSU Tigers.

In 2002, Henderson recorded 23 catches for 447 yards with 8 TD and carved himself a role as a vertical deep threat. Henderson was part of LSU's 2003 BCS National Championship team during his senior season. That year he was named on the All-SEC Second Team after racking up 11 touchdowns and 861 yards on 53 receptions.[3]

Track and field[edit]

Henderson was also a track star at the Louisiana State University, where he was member of LSU's national champion track, member of LSU's NCAA-qualifying 4 × 100 metres relay team and also a member of LSU's 2001 National Champion Indoor Track and Field team. In his sophomore season, he ran the second-fastest 60-meter time in school history, with a time of 6.72 seconds.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.72 Lexington, Kentucky February 24, 2001
100 meters 10.40 Los Angeles, California March 24, 2001
200 meters 21.06 Columbia, Missouri May 11, 2001
400 meters 45.99 Athens, Georgia April 20, 2002

Professional career[edit]

2004 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 198 lb 4.36 s 4.21 s 6.74 s 35½ in x
all values from LSU pro day.[4]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Henderson was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round with the 50th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft.[5] On November 5, 2006, Devery had his best day as a professional in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he caught 3 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. Henderson had 158 receiving yards on 5 catches, including a 76-yard touchdown, against the Atlanta Falcons on November 26, 2006. On December 10, 2006, Henderson caught two passes from Drew Brees for 92 yards and one touchdown, as the Saints defeated the favored Dallas Cowboys 42–17 on NBC Sunday Night Football.

Of the starting 3 wide receivers on the depth chart for the 2006 New Orleans Saints season, which was at the time the most successful season by record (10-6) in team history after going (3-13) the season before, Devery was the only receiver that was on the Saints' season roster before the signing of quarterback Drew Brees, rookie 7th round draft pick wide receiver Marques Colston, and the free agent signing of current Kansas City Chiefs receiver Terrance Copper. Comparing Henderson's 2005 season and 2006 season, the statistics improved dramatically in the 2006 season with the change of Brees at quarterback and the emergence of Colston's 70 reception, 8 touchdown, and 1000+ yard receiving season (1,038), creating more opportunities for Henderson. Henderson's numbers increased in the receptions (22 to 32), total yards (343 to 745), average yards per catch (15.6 to 23.3), longest catch by yards (66 to 76), and touchdowns (3 to 5) categories.

On March 2, 2009, Henderson re-signed with the Saints. The Saints went to the Super Bowl that year and Henderson had 7 catches for 63 yards en route to the Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.[6]

On September 18, 2011 Henderson had a TD catch for 79 yards. On October 8, 2012, he caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees to break Johnny Unitas's record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass in the Saints' 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.[7]

Henderson for his career, as of after Week 17 the 2012 NFL Season, averages about 18 yards per catch (17.9625), which is the highest among all active receivers for yards per catch with 200+ catches.[8]

After the Saints' 2012 season ended with a (7-9) record as a result of the absence of suspended head coach Sean Payton and a depleted defense, Henderson became a free agent after the season concluded and is currently unsigned. Henderson's services may be needed as a vertical threat down the field, and his playoff experience, including the Super Bowl XLIV victory and the Saints' run to the 2006 NFC Championship game where they fell short against the Chicago Bears, can be asked for by an NFL team to help develop younger receivers and possibly lead them to a successful season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Henderson signed with the Washington Redskins on June 12, 2013.[9][10] He was released on August 14, 2013.[11]

Rumors of a possible return to New Orleans for Henderson came at the result of Saints receiver Joe Morgan's season-ending injury in mid-August 2013, but nothing ever came to fruition.

Career statistics[edit]

Year
Team
G
Rec
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
2005 NO 15 22 343 15.6 66 3
2006 NO 13 32 745 23.3 76 5
2007 NO 16 20 409 20.5 54 3
2008 NO 16 32 793 24.8 84 3
2009 NO 16 51 804 15.8 75 2
2010 NO 16 34 464 13.6 57 1
2011 NO 16 32 503 15.7 79 2
2012 NO 15 22 316 14.4 41 1
Career -- 123 245 4377 17.9 84 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deflected 'Hail Mary' wins game for LSU". ESPN. November 9, 2002. 
  2. ^ "The ESPY Awards 2003 nominees". ESPN. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Devery Henderson Bio". LSU Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Devery Henderson, Pro Scout Draft.com
  5. ^ "2004 - ROUND 2". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Saints overcome early deficit, stop Colts late to seal victory". ESPN. February 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Drew Brees' record-breaking TD pass was a play Chase Daniel knew would work". NOLA. October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Devery Henderson on Saints' first victory". NFL Network. October 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (June 12, 2013). "Redskins waive DE Worthington and TE Peterson, add WR Henderson, K Potter". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  10. ^ Tinsman, Brian (June 12, 2013). "Stallworth, Henderson Add Veteran Depth". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 14, 2013). "Devery Henderson released by Washington Redskins". NFL.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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