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Quadree Henderson promoted to Giants 53-man roster

The former Pitt return man is set to make his NFL debut on ‘Monday Night Football’

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Former Pitt return specialist and wide receiver Quadree Henderson was promoted to the 53-man roster of the New York Giants over the weekend, as the team sought a replacement for return man and wide receiver Jawill Davis, who will be benched Monday with a concussion.

“He was a really fine returner in college, and we brought him here with the idea that he might return for us at some point,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters when asked about adding Henderson. “He’s also done a good job picking up the receiver stuff.”

Although Henderson became a star at Pitt for his work as a returner, earning consensus All-American honors in 2016, he washed out of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization after seeing action as a specialist in the preseason. Ultimately, he returned three kicks for an average of 24.3 yards and one punt for 14 yards over four games and was replaced by Ryan Switzer.

Henderson’s rise in the Giants organization could prove to be as short-lived as his time in black and gold, but with the team facing the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in his NFL debut, he will have a chance to make a name for himself on one of the game’s biggest stages.