2005 Bengals Draft Press Conference - Round 3

*Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and wide receivers coach Hue Jackson met the media following Cincinnati's third-round selection of Chris Henry. The transcript follows: *


On how he plans to handle Henry, whose maturity has been questioned by some analysts:

"I think there's more to it than people know. We have spent countless hours with him finding out what really happened in those situations and why they happened. A lot went into this pick — a lot of things were said — and we really feel comfortable with him. This guy has great talent and ability."

On whether or not it's accurate to label Henry as raw;

"I hope every guy we bring here is raw. We don't want anyone that's already made for television because then they don't get any better, and we've got a long way to go. If I guy is that skilled and had done the things he has done and somebody says he's raw, then that's a great compliment to a player."

On the fact that he now has a player opposite Chad Johnson with great speed who is able to stretch the field:

"That was important for us to continue to put guys in there that can push the guys we already have, and make them better. We were able to do that, and we're excited."


On Chris Henry's talent:

"He's a very talented football player. He's 6-5, 205, and runs in the 4.3s. And he scores touchdowns. That young man has 25 touchdowns in 22 games, so he has that big-play ability to go with our quarterback and the other guys that are playing that position. We're adding another playmaker to our offense, so it's very exciting."

On Henry's route running:

"He needs to get into our environment and do what we're asking him to do. There are still things that even Chad Johnson is working on. But he has the natural skills to play receiver at this level."

On Henry's past and "coachability":

"I spent a lot of time with him. We're going to make sure that the players we bring here are worthy of being here. I was granted the opportunity to spend extra time with this young man. Obviously, there are no guarantees. I think he understands what it's going to take to make him a contributing member of our football team. I'm not concerned with what has gone on in the past. I'd just like to move forward. He's coming here with a clean slate so let's go get it done. I'm very comfortable with this young man."

On Henry's ability:

"I don't think there's anything he can't do. He's a big guy and he's fast and very talented. I didn't see any inconsistencies. Everybody has an opinion of the players they draft or evaluate. There are some inconsistencies as far as blocking, but I'm sure every receiver in this draft could improve in that area. I'm really looking forward to coaching this young man."
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