Henry’s wide receivers were productive throughout the 2016 season. For the third time in as many seasons, Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches, and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Beckham, who played all 16 games for the first time, finished with 101 catches. That was the third-highest total in the NFL and the second-highest total in Giants’ history, behind Steve Smith’s 107 receptions in 2009. Beckham’s 1,367 receiving yards were also third in the league, the second-highest total of his career, and the third-highest in Giants history. Beckham had 10 touchdown receptions, which placed him fifth in the NFL (two receivers had 14 and two had 12).
Rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ second-round draft choice in 2016, finished second on the team with 65 catches for 683 yards and eight touchdowns. Shepard’s 65 receptions placed him second among NFL rookies behind New Orleans’ Michael Thomas, who had 92, and was the third-highest total by a rookie in Giants history.
Rookie free agent Roger Lewis, Jr. played in each of the final 13 regular-season games with one start, and had seven receptions for 97 yards, and two touchdowns. With Shepard and Lewis, the Giants joined the Jets as the only NFL teams to have multiple rookie wide receivers with two or more touchdown catches.
Henry was the San Francisco 49ers’ wide receivers coach in 2015. Veteran Anquan Boldin had an outstanding season under Henry, finishing with 69 catches for 789 yards, and four touchdowns.
Prior to his season in San Francisco, Henry spent three years (2012-14) as the wide receivers
coach at Louisiana State University, where he helped develop two of the most successful receivers in school history, Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Both receivers finished their LSU careers ranked among the top-10 in school history in receptions (Beckham 143, Landry 137) and 100-yard games (Beckham 7th, Landry 6th).
In 2014, LSU averaged an SEC-best 15.35 yards per completion. Redshirt sophomore Travin Dural finished the season ranked sixth in the SEC in receiving yards (758) and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (seven). Dural’s 20.5 yards per reception average was best in the conference among players with at least 35 catches.
The previous season, Beckham and Landry became the first pair of receivers in school history to finish with more than 1,000 yards in the same season. Landry led the Tigers with 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Beckham caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns. Beckham earned first-team All-America honors as a kick returner and an all-purpose player in 2013, and was the recipient of the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player.
After the season, three of Henry’s receivers were drafted by NFL teams: Beckham (first round, 12th overall to the Giants), Landry (second round, 63rd overall to Miami), and James Wright (seventh round, 239th overall to Cincinnati). LSU was the only school in the country to have three wide receivers selected during the 2014 NFL draft.
In his first year with the Tigers in 2012, Henry’s receiving unit featured four underclassmen and was led by sophomores Beckham and Landry, who combined for 99 receptions for 1,286 yards and seven touchdowns.
Prior to joining LSU, Henry spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders. Following two seasons as an offensive quality control coach (2007-08), Henry coached Oakland’s tight ends for three years (2009-11). During that time, Henry helped accelerate the development of Zach Miller, who became the first tight end in franchise history to lead the team in receiving for three straight years. Miller set career highs in receptions (66) and receiving yards (805) in 2009, and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time the following season, in 2010.
Henry joined the Raiders after 10 years at his alma mater, McNeese State University. He spent his first nine seasons as the wide receivers coach before being promoted to assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 2006. As the wide receivers coach, Henry helped develop Jermaine Martin, who finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (160) and receiving yards (2,646), as well as B.J. Sams, the 2003 Southland Conference Player of the Year.
Henry was a wide receiver at McNeese State from 1990-93, earning All-Southland Conference honors as a senior. He finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,690 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which remain in the top-10 in school history. Following his career at McNeese State, Henry signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in 1994.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Henry graduated from McNeese State in 1998 and received a master’s degree in education in 2001. Henry has three children, Darian, Kynidee and Ava.