Henderson Battling For Spot On Steelers Roster

The former Pitt standout is looking to make an impression as both a returner and receiver

Shelby Cassesse
August 02, 2018 - 3:03 pm
Quadree Henderson

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - Former Panther Quadree Henderson spent three seasons at Pitt establishing himself as one of the program's top returners. 

He finished his collegiate career with four kickoffs and three punts returned for touchdowns and set a school record in 2016 for kickoff return yards with 914. Henderson also rushed for 887 yards and 5 touchdowns in his career and had 45 receptions for 473 yards and a touchdown. 

Though Henderson's biggest opportunity at the professional level lies in the return game, he is hoping to join Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster with the Steelers receiving corps. He said both have been willing to give him instruction on the field. 

"I still need to prove myself as a receiver," he said.  "Coach [Darryl] Drake (Steelers wide receivers coach) said I'm getting better and better, but I just want to show everybody, keep getting better so I can finally get into that receiver role, make plays. Everybody knows what I can do in the return game, but I really want to show people that I can play receiver." 

Henderson has been taking the majority of the return reps at camp, but few as a receiver. He said he just needs a chance to prove himself. 

"Everybody knows what I did at Pitt, jet sweeps, little bubble screens. I could take a 5-yard screen and take that 30 yards, so it's all a matter of just getting the ball into my hands." 

Leaving a final year of NCAA eligibility on the table to enter the draft, Henderson went undrafted and was offered a free agent contract by the Steelers. As he continues through camp in the hopes of earning a roster spot and making his mark as a receiver, Henderson says he will rely on his speed and playmaking ability. 

"Once I get the ball in my hands, everybody's holding their breath. They know Quadree Henderson can make magic happen."