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Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Date of Birth:  12/07/1994
Age:  27
Height  6'5"
Weight:   253
College:  Arkansas
Drafted:  2016 | Round 2 | Pick 35
Depth Chart:  Starter

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE


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Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (shoulder) is expected to miss a couple of weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter says the injury is "not serious," but it's still unfortunate that Henry will miss time as he acclimates to a new offense. This news opens the door even more for Jonnu Smith to be the tight end to own in New England, though Henry's talent will certainly make him a TE1 candidate. Look for second-year tight end Devin Asiasi to get some run with the first-team offense in preseason action.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Patriots are signing Hunter Henry, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Like many of this year’s free agents, Henry has had some trouble staying healthy. But the former second-round pick has been very consistent when available, going over 478 yards with at least four touchdowns in all four of his NFL seasons with the Chargers, and he will now join Jonnu Smith in New England as perhaps the NFL's best tight end duo. Based on last season, the Patriots have been understandably aggressive in upgrading the supporting cast with Henry, Smith, Nelson Agholor, and Kendrick Bourne over the past 24 hours. For all four new additions, quarterback play will be key.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Chargers will not place the franchise tag on Hunter Henry, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Henry will hit free agency next week, and he should have a sizable market as the top likely option at the position along with Jonnu Smith. The main concern about Henry is durability, but he can be an elite red-zone threat with double-digit touchdown upside. It will be interesting to see what kind of money he's able to get considering the cap situations around the league.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Henry will be out this weekend, which puts fantasy owners relying on him as a solid TE1 in a difficult spot. Fortunately, there are 16 games to choose a replacement from, so it’s better than happening on Sunday morning. Donald Parham Jr. and others should see more snaps.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry and the Chargers did not agree to a long-term contract before today’s deadline.

This was fully expected, as durability has been the concern for Henry early in his NFL career. The young tight end will look to stay healthy and have a strong season for Los Angeles before potentially hitting the open market in 2021. With Philip Rivers now in Indy, Henry must adjust to playing with a new quarterback in veteran Tyrod Taylor.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry is signing his franchise tag today, according to Ian Rapoport.

This was fully expected to happen, and Henry will be on the field this season for the Chargers as a big piece on offense. The conservative style of Tyrod Taylor might impact Henry from a fantasy perspective, but being healthy is what's really important for his value, and he should be drafted as a midrange TE1 based on talent no matter who is under center in Los Angeles.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Chargers franchise tagged Hunter Henry, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This was fully expected, and Los Angeles retains a key piece on offense as they look to give Tyrod Taylor and/or a free agent/rookie an excellent supporting cast. Henry and the Chargers will likely try to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, but past injuries may force Henry to play this year on the franchise tag. This is great news for Falcons tight end Austin Hooper, who is set to have a ton of suitors in free agency.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (leg) is officially active for Sunday night.

After missing the last four games with a tibia plateau fracture, Henry is back for the Chargers on the short end of his four-to-six-week timetable. Henry will give the Chargers offense a nice boost for a team that's dealt with more bad injury luck this season. Henry is immediately a TE1 option for his first game back, and he should be picked up in any leagues he's still available in.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

Henry is questionable for Sunday night against the Steelers, and a full practice to end the week is an excellent sign and an indication that he might be ready to go after missing the last four games with his leg injury. If Henry is active, he'll immediately be a TE1 in fantasy lineups. But if you're counting on playing Henry, be sure to have a backup plan from the Sunday night or Monday night game in case Henry is inactive.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (leg) is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Henry won't play until Sunday night—which puts fantasy owners in a difficult position—but the limited options at tight end may make him worth gambling on. Even if you don't get Henry in your lineup this week, he needs to be rostered in all formats.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (leg) was officially limited in today's practice.

Two consecutive limited practices is a good sign for Henry. While he might not be ready to return for this Sunday night, Henry is definitely looks to be getting close to a return. We'll see how he's listed on the final Week 6 injury report when it's released tomorrow.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (leg) was officially limited in today's practice.

Henry was expected to miss four-to-six weeks with his tibia plateau fracture, and he's right around that four-week mark. A limited practice to start this week is a good sign for his potential availability for Week 5, but Week 6 might be a more realistic return date for the 24-year-old tight end.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This would be great news for Henry, but it sounds like the Chargers are still gathering information to determine the exact severity and timeline for his tibia plateau fracture. If it's a four-to-six week timeframe, Henry will probably avoid injured reserve, but an IR with a return as a designated-to-return player is also a possibility.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry suffered a tibia plateau fracture in his left knee.

This is the opposite knee of Henry's 2018 ACL injury. The Chargers say Henry will continue to be evaluated and a timetable is not yet known; however, this is a serious injury that will almost certainly force Henry to miss at least several weeks. Keep in mind that Henry had an awesome comeback from a torn ACL last year (returning for the playoffs in January of 2019), so perhaps he'll surprise and somehow tough this out. But for now, prepare for Henry's season to be over. This is really unfortunate news for the fourth-year tight end, as he'd be a rising star in the league if not for injuries. Perhaps the Chargers will bring back Antonio Gates again like they did last season, but none of LA's tight ends are recommended fantasy options.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry says he feels like himself.

As the offseason program gets underway for the Chargers, Henry says he's "pretty much full go" and that "everything feels good" with his knee. While Henry says his knee, which he injured last spring, feels sore every once in a while but that it's just a "workout soreness." Henry also added that it was good to get a game under his belt (when he made the amazing comeback to appear in last season's Divisional Round game against the Patriots when mostly everyone thought he'd be out for the season after he suffered the torn ACL last offseason). Expect Henry to be involved in on-field work when Chargers OTAs begin next month, and there isn't any concern about his status for 2019.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry did not catch a pass in the Divisional Round.

Henry started the game for the Chargers, but he was on a pitch count in his first game of the season after his great recovery from an ACL injury last May. This season didn't end how he and the Chargers would have liked, but his return was still a good story. Entering his fourth season, Henry is fully healthy for the offseason and will offer obvious TE1 value in 2019 fantasy drafts. Henry had touchdown totals of eight and four in his first two healthy NFL seasons.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) is officially active for the Divisional Round.

Less than eight months after tearing his ACL during offseason training, Hunter has completed his extraordinary comeback to join the Chargers as they look to continue a run to the Super Bowl. Give LA credit for holding out hope for Henry to be able to play in the postseason instead of placing him on injured reserve (which would have meant he would have had to take up a designated-to-return spot and probably would’ve made it less likely he’d be able to play this season). The third-year tight end had 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons and is someone that can stretch the seams, so he should immediately be a big factor today against the Patriots in Foxboro. It’ll be great to see him on the field for the first time this season.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) is officially listed as questionable for the Divisional Round.

Henry was able to practice fully this week, but there's still a chance he isn't active for Sunday's playoff matchup in New England. Remember, Henry has been added to the 53-man roster, so he can still be inactive for this weekend and still play this postseason if the Chargers are able to advance. We expect Henry will continue his awesome comeback by playing against the Patriots, but his official status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

This is an excellent sign for Henry in his first time being officially listed on the injury report as a member of the Chargers' 53-man roster. We'll let you know if anything changes or if he carries an injury designation heading into the weekend, but expect Henry to be a full participant tomorrow and Friday before playing in the Divisional Round this Sunday in Foxboro.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Chargers have officially added Hunter Henry (knee) to their active roster.

This was the deadline for the Chargers to take Henry off the PUP list and add him to the active roster this season, and it'll allow him to have a chance to play in this weekend's Divisional Round and beyond this postseason. Henry obviously does not have to be active on gameday for Sunday against New England, but he should make a strong push to play after returning to practice last week. The third-year tight end has had quite the comeback after tearing his ACL in the spring, and it'll be awesome if he gets back on the field for a Chargers team looking to make a Super Bowl run. Henry could be a major weapon for Philip Rivers, and the Chargers deserve credit for hoping all year that Henry might be able to play despite the ACL tear suffered during offseason training. We'll monitor Henry's practice status throughout the week.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) was not activated and will not play in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

ESPN had reported that Henry would return this week, but the team had until 4 PM ET to activate him, which didn’t happen. Now, Henry will target the Divisional Round if Los Angeles can advance, so the Chargers once again need to rely on Antonio Gates and Virgil Green tomorrow in Baltimore.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) will take first-team reps in practice this week.

This pretty much confirms Henry will be back and ready to go for Sunday postseason game against the Ravens. Henry has put in a ton of effort rehabbing and working his way back from the offseason knee injury, and it'll be awesome to see him on the field if he's able to avoid setbacks and gets out there. We'll monitor Henry's official practice status throughout the week from Wednesday to Friday.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) has officially returned to practice.

Henry remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list, so he does not count against a 53-man roster spot, and he has 21 days to either be activated to the active roster or he must miss the remainder of the season. This is pretty awesome, as the third-year tight end continues to make a strong and realistic push to play in the postseason despite tearing his ACL during the spring. Don't expect Henry to play in the regular season, but a potential activation for the playoffs could happen. We hope to see Henry on the field in January to help the Chargers on their Super Bowl run.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry (knee) was running sprints at practice today.

Multiple Chargers reporters on the scene say the third-year tight end was running around, which is pretty impressive considering he just tore his ACL about three-and-a-half months ago. Henry is obviously a long way from returning, but the fact that the Chargers placed him on the PUP list instead of injured reserve already hinted that they believe there is a very really chance he can play in 2018. Henry is not worth adding to fantasy teams, and he probably wouldn't be able to play until the postseason, but this situation remains one to monitor.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Charges placed Hunter Henry (knee) on reserve/PUP.

This is a major surprise, as Henry could've been placed on injured reserve. Instead, the Chargers might be hopeful that Henry can return sooner than most expect after suffering a torn ACL during offseason workouts. This is just something to keep in mind, but ultimately Henry probably wouldn't be ready to return to the field until late in the postseason, if at all this year.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry tore his ACL during OTAs today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This is obviously just terrible news for both Henry and the Chargers. Henry reportedly sustained the injury while simply running, which unfortunately seems to happen to at least a couple guys every year. Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his third NFL season, and he had elite TE1 upside as the clear top tight end for Philip Rivers. Now, the Chargers could opt to bring back franchise legend Antonio Gates, who the team said they would not be re-signing last month; if not, Virgil Green is next up on the depth chart and could become a backend TE1 option. There isn't any great news that comes from this, but at least Henry should be 100% ready to go for the start of next offseason. In dynasty leagues, Henry is a buy-low candidate as someone that could still become a star. Henry will be entering a contract year in 2019, and wish him luck in his recovery from this knee injury.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry says he's "ready to step up" this season.

The Chargers recently announced that franchise great Antonio Gates would not be returning to the team in 2018 as they head in a new direction, making Henry the Chargers' clear number one option at tight end. According to the Los Angeles Times, Henry said he's "ready to step up. ... I'm ready to go." After tying for the league-lead in scores for a tight end as a rookie in 2016, with eight, Henry was a bigger part of the offense last season but had only four touchdowns. Now, he'll be Philip Rivers' clear top tight end, which could lead to huge numbers moving forward. There might be concerns about Henry's fantasy value—like the presence of two stars in Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon, both of whom are good in scoring territory; along with last year's first-round pick Mike Williams potentially emerging as a big option in the red-zone—but overall Henry has a ton of upside in the middle of fantasy drafts this summer.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

The Chargers have placed tight end Hunter Henry (kidney) on IR.

It was announced yesterday that Henry had a small kidney laceration and they were deciding how to proceed. Now, the second-year tight end's season is officially over. Henry's season ends with 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns, as it was a season with some up-and-down stat lines due to an inconsistent role in the offense. Henry had been featured more consistently down the stretch here, going over 50 yards in three of the last five games. For 2018, it's possible future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates retires, which would allow Henry to play closer to 100% of the snaps. Either way, Henry should be a more consistent producer next season and will be a solid TE1 option in fantasy drafts.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry has as slight kidney laceration.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Henry's status is up in the air, but we would anticipate they play it safe with him if there is any danger of making the condition worse. For now, don't expect Henry to be out there for Week 16, which would lead to more of a full-time role for Antonio Gates on Christmas Eve against the Jets.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches three passes in Week 15.

Henry was targeted only three times in the game, so he caught all of his targets, gaining 28 yards. The second-year tight end did his damage early in the game, but the Chargers went away from him a little bit as the night progressed. Henry will be in the TE1 conversation on Christmas Eve against the Jets.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry keeps it going in win over the Redskins.

Henry caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, which came from eight yards out in the first quarter. The talented second-year tight end needs to be a big part of the game plan on Saturday night against Kansas City with first place in the division on the line, but he will be more of a midrange TE1 than top-three option like he was against Washington.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry gets nine targets in Week 13.

The second-year tight end was a highly-reccomended play heading into a good matchup with the Browns, and fantasy owners that played him had it pay off, as he caught seven passes for 81 yards. Over the last two games, Henry is averaging six receptions for 78.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. With another great matchup with the Redskins next week, Henry is a TE1.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry plays great in Week 12.

The second-year tight end had his best overall game of the season so far in this Thanksgiving win over Dallas, catching all five targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. He was a consistent target for Philip Rivers throughout the game, and the touchdown was on a nice back-shoulder type of catch in the middle of the end zone while he was tightly covered by Cowboys safety Byron Jones. Consider his next opponent, the Browns, have been killed by tight ends this season, Henry will be a very good option in Week 13.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches two passes against the Bills.

Henry gained 25 yards on his two receptions, including a nice sliding catch at the sideline on an out-breaking route. The second-year tight end will look to do more damage against the Cowboys in Week 12 on Thanksgiving, but there's risk to trusting him in lineups right now.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches one pass against the Jaguars.

Jacksonville hasn't been great against opposing tight ends considering they have the number one pass defense in the NFL, but LA's tight ends couldn't get much going in the loss. Henry gained seven yards on his lone reception in the game. The second-year tight end should bounce back with a bigger game in Week 11 against the Bills. He only has three receptions over the last two games, and the Chargers should get him more involved in the offense.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry gets only two targets in Week 8.

Henry was thought to be in a prime spot in a potential shootout with the Patriots, but it didn't turn out to be a shootout and Henry didn't get a ton of work in the game. He caught both of his targets, gaining 11 yards, and it might be a good idea for the team to try and get him more involved after their Week 9 bye. Through eight games, the second-year tight end is on pace for 56 receptions, 624 yards, and four touchdowns, but he's a good bet to increase that pace in the second half of the season.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry leads team in receiving as Chargers win third straight.

Henry caught four passes for a game-high 73 yards, as things got started early with a 34-yard reception on the first drive followed by a target in the end zone that caused a pass interference penalty. The 22-year-old is the clear top tight end for Los Angeles after a shaky start to the season, and he needs to be picked up wherever available as an every-week TE1 option. He will probably be ranked as a top-five option against New England next Sunday.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry leads Chargers in receiving in Week 6.

The second-year tight end caught five of seven targets for 90 yards versus the Raiders. After not being a big part of the offense earlier in the season, Henry has become a big-time weapon for Philip Rivers. He gets the Broncos at home next week, and he didn't have a catch against them in their Week 1 matchup in Denver. But as a rookie last season, Henry caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in their home matchup.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry scores in Week 5.

Henry had a very good game in a great matchup against the Giants, catching three of eight targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. The score was on a corner route where Henry got behind the defense and Philip Rivers put a beautiful lofted throw out there for Henry to go and get. The second-year player will be a solid option next week against an Oakland team that has struggled against tight ends this year.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry scores in loss to the Eagles.

The second-year tight end had a beautiful one-handed catch in the back of the end zone and was able to stay in bounds. He had two receptions for 16 yards total, and he should be more involved in the offense moving forward, but we'll see. Henry had seven receptions for 80 yards in Week 2, but he had zero catches in Weeks 1 and 3. The 2016 second-round pick is someone to target if you need tight end help.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry doesn't get targeted in Week 3.

The second-year tight end was in the game, but he was used only as a blocker. This was a surprise after he had seven receptions for 80 yards in Week 2 against Miami. It's difficult to trust Henry right now, but he's worth a bench spot.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry used as a receiving option in Week 2.

After not being targeted in the season opener, Henry caught seven passes for 80 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, allowing fantasy owners who spent a mid-round pick on him to breath easy. The second-year tight end was really a part of the offense once Antonio Gates broke the tie with Tony Gonzalez for the touchdown record for the position, so hopefully the now 0-2 Chargers realize they need to give one of their best players more playing time and targets. Henry is probably a top-five option in standard leagues with Greg Olsen out for several weeks and others battling injuries and/or ineffectiveness.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Henry relegated to blocking duties in Week 1 loss.

In a move that we definitely didn't see coming, the Chargers mostly used the second-year tight end on early downs as a blocker, and he received zero targets in the season opener. Hopefully it was a game plan specific thing against Denver, but new head coach Anthony Lynn doesn't seem like a good hire for Henry so far. He should stay rostered based on talent, but this could be a frustrating year for Henry owners if things don't change. Los Angeles faces Miami next.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches lone target in exhibition against the Saints.

The Chargers second-year tight end caught a 14-yard pass in the Week 2 preseason game. It was a nice leaping catch by Henry on a corner route. Henry certainly has the ability to have a huge season, and it'll come down to how much the Chargers use him in tandem with Antonio Gates.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches 17-yard pass in preseason opener.

Henry was on the field with Antonio Gates and the first-team offense, and a combination route with the veteran allowed the second-year tight end to get open on a cross. Later in the drive, Antonio Gates caught a touchdown in traffic. Both are very good players, and even though Henry is ready to be a full-time contributor, the Chargers won't push the future Hall of Famer to the side. Still, Henry deserves to be drafted as a TE1.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Nick Hardwick: Hunter Henry is going to have a breakout season.

Hardwick was a long-time Charger and said on the team's official site that the second-year tight end would breakout this year. The former Chargers center talked of Henry's ability to play like a veteran and use his body to his advantage, and he also talked up Henry's run blocking ability. Antonio Gates still gets it done at 37-years-old and will have a good role, but Henry is expected to step up as Philip Rivers' top tight end target this season. While Gates' presence might cap his upside, Henry is a nice target at the end of fantasy drafts.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Chargers tight ends coach John McNulty talks up Hunter Henry.

McNulty spoke with the team's official website and said the second-year tight has "rare awareness and savvy for someone his age." The TE coach also said that Henry's biggest asset might be his ball skills, which helped him lead tight ends with eight touchdowns as a rookie last season. Hunter is said to be a "hard worker" and McNulty thinks he "has a great future ahead of him." Future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates is still with the team, but Henry could be a solid TE1 this season with upside for more.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that tight end Hunter Henry "can be one of the top tight ends in this league."

The hype for the second-year player can't get much higher. Despite the presence of Antonio Gates, Henry has a chance to jump towards the top five fantasy tight ends in 2017. He's an ideal target in the mid-late rounds.

Henry caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 versus the Chiefs.

Like so many times this season, Rivers found TE Henry wide open for a touchdown. The rookie is an excellent route runner and is an emerging player in the league. Even while playing behind veteran Antonio Gates most of the year, Henry was able to make a real impact especially in the redzone with a team-leading eight touchdown catches. Henry finished the year with 36 receptions on 54 targets for 478 yards and eight TDs. He was excellent down the field with seven catches of 20+ yards (compared to only five for Gates despite 20 less receptions). He’ll take on a bigger role and be a legit TE1 entering 2017.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Henry caught three passes on four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 19-16 loss to OAK on Sunday.

The rookie TE Henry is drawing scant coverage on his pass-routes, as defenses are focusing on stopping Gates. On the touchdown pass, the Raiders defense jumped Gates leaving Henry open for the score. Henry is clearly the TE of the future in San Diego, but we advise laying off him the rest of the way as Rivers should be pointing most of his throws in Gates’ direction. He does get the Browns next week, however.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry caught two passes on five targets for 13 yards and one TD in the 28-16 loss at Carolina on Sunday.

The rookie TE Henry served second-fiddle to A. Gates once again, but scored while Gates was held out of the endzone. On the touchdown pass, the Panther defense swarmed Gates leaving Henry wide open. There is a chance that defenses can forget about Henry now and then, but for fantasy purposes he remains a high-risk option down the stretch. Primarily because Rivers and the Chargers have made it public that they wish to see Antonio Gates reach the all-time mark for touchdowns by a TE.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry catches only one pass in Week 13.

He had one catch for 14 yards. Henry should have a better game next week against the Panthers, and is a back end TE1 in a positive matchup.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Henry scores fifth touchdown of the year in Week 12 win.

The rookie caught two passes for 20 yards and a score, while Antonio Gates was not even targeted. Still, Gates likely remains the starter and better fantasy play, but Henry is a decent bet for a touchdown in Week 13.

Hunter Henry | Patriots TE

Hunter Henry scores fourth touchdown of the season in Week 10.

He had two catches for 11 yards and the TD. After a great early-mid season stretch, Henry has slowed down. As long as Antonio Gates is healthy, Henry should probably be out of your lineup and maybe on the waiver wire.