Here's why getting Henderson back is important

Posted by GARY ESTWICK on September 19, 2012 

From 2006 to present, WR Devery Henderson has the highest receiving yards average in the NFL at 18.5 yards.

Second is Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace (18.4) and Malcolm Floyd of San Diego (17.9).

Outside of WhoDat Nation, Henderson's name likely is an unknown. But here, fans and Saints staff alike understand the importance of Henderson and his ability to stretch out defenses.

He missed Sunday's 35-27 loss at Carolina, still suffering from a concussion suffered during the regular-season opener against Washington.

With the Saints at 0-2, they certainly need to get a healthy Henderson back on the field. Without him on Sunday, quarterback Drew Brees completed 31 of 49 passes for 325 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Darren Sproles was his favorite target of the game, catching 13 passes for 128 yards, tied for the second-highest single-game receiving total in team history.

But as far as the long ball down the field... That's why the Saints need Henderson back. Kansas City's defense is allowing 235 passing yards a game, including five TDs. The longest scoring play allowed? Fourty-nine yards.

Opposing QBs are completing 66 percent of their passes against the Kansas City defense.

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