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Chad Henne came out tonight and looked like he had nothing to prove. Despite all of the criticism that he's received this offseason, Henne didn't look like he was under pressure at all.
He looked better than I've ever seen in the pocket. He felt the rush well, looked to secondary and tertiary receivers, and made smart decisions with the ball.
When he had no receivers open, he ran with the ball and gained yards with his feet.
There was only one pass Henne threw all night that could have been intercepted.
Early on he got the ball to Brandon Marshall, and all of those throws were on target. Henne found Davone Bess often in the slot with crisp, accurate throws. On two occasions he got the ball to Reggie Bush out of the backfield, and gave him a chance to make plays.
Chad showed confidence throwing the ball downfield as well. He missed on all of his deep balls, but didn't appear rattled after the incompletions. He had one pass where he found Clyde Gates over the top, but overthrew the pass. This is a positive though; it's better to go deep than short. Considering Henne and Gates have only had a short camp to work together, this is a problem that should be soon fixed.
Most importantly, Henne gained yards, moved the chains, ate up clock and helped put together scoring drives.
I have been a tough critic of Chad Henne for a long time, but today I can't possibly say anything bad about him.