Although it was trending in that direction, Seantrel Henderson starting at right tackle was confirmed Tuesday by Ryan.
“He put his mind to it, that he wanted to be a great player,” Ryan said. “That’s how he came back. That’s how he entered camp.”
During spring practices Henderson was briefly pushed down to the third team as Cyrus Kouandjio took reps as the starting right tackle. It was a clear message to Henderson to work on his game during the time before training camp started.
“Kouandjio was pushing him and things like that, but at the end of the day Seantrel has had a tremendous training camp,” Ryan said.
Henderson, who started all 16 games as a rookie last season, committed to getting himself in good shape before the start of training camp. The 6-foot-7, 331-pounder hit his target weight and passed his conditioning test at the start of camp.
“I just had a schedule that I stuck to every day until it was time to come back,” he said. “Once we put the pads on, I was ready and it just went like that.
“I just proved I can do this every day. This is my job now. … Coming out of college last year I didn’t really know what to expect. Now I’m one year in, I know exactly what I got to do now.”