Broncos DC discusses potential impact rookie Matt Henningsen can have on team's defense
The Denver Broncos kick off their 2022 season as part of a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on ESPN. Russell Wilson, who played for the Seattle Seahawks since coming into the league in 2012, has donned a Broncos jersey and returns to the Pacific Northwest to face his former team.
On the other side of the ball, Broncos coaches hope they’ll get good value from Matt Henningsen, their rookie defensive lineman. Henningsen, a 3rd-team All-B1G pick for Wisconsin after the 2021 season, was a 6th-round pick for Denver this past spring.
Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero met the media on Friday, and per beat reporter Zac Stevens, mentioned that the team will be leaning on his versatility throughout the season thanks to the system of play he learned while with the Badgers:
More praise for rookie DL Matt Henningsen.
Ejiro Evero said Henningsen is "very, very advanced in terms of playing the techniques we want to" because of the system he came from in college.
"He can play multiple positions inside. He can play the run game."
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) September 9, 2022
The 6-foot-3, 291-pound Henningsen had 6.0 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2021 for the Badgers. Now, he’s ready to take on a new challenge in the NFL, and he’ll look to make a strong first impression on Monday night.