The New Orleans Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now after going on a three-game win streak and winning the last five of their six games. The offense has been outstanding in the passing game and running game and it seems like everyone is getting involved. Everyone is except for maybe wide receiver Devery Henderson.
During the three-game win streak Henderson has only made two catches for 11 yards with no touchdowns. Furthermore, over the past five games Henderson has only caught five passes for 86 yards and no touchdowns. On the season Henderson has made 19 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown through nine games.
Henderson’s production is way down and has not been a factor since week five when he exploded for 153 yards and a touchdown off of eight receptions against the San Diego Chargers. During the Saints’ 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders Henderson was only targeted once and caught his lone pass for three yards.
I am not exactly sure what is the cause for Henderson’s sudden decline because as far as I know he is not injured and not in the “dog house.” I know the Saints are very deep at wide receiver and perhaps Henderson is not one of the main options anymore. With the emergence of WR Lance Moore and the play of TE Jimmy Graham there simply may not be enough passes to go around.
Furthermore, the Saints have been running the ball a lot more lately and in fact ran the ball more times than they passed the ball in week 11. Against the Raiders the Saints carried the ball 28 times as Drew Brees threw the ball 27 times. Perhaps in the new balanced offense Henderson is not needed as much. In addition to playing behind Moore and Graham, Henderson also plays behind WR Marques Colston, the Saints’ number one wide receiver.
Maybe Henderson is just in slump instead of being on the decline because he still has plenty of quality years left in his career. Whatever the case may be it is still a luxury for the Saints to have him in the lineup because even though his production is down now it only takes one big play to turn things around.