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Hunter Henry

New England Patriots
Tight End #86
New England Patriots
Tight End #86
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Hunter Henry News

Catches two passes in Week 2

Henry logged 47 of a possible 58 snaps on offense in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets, en route to catching two of his four targets for 42 yards, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jonnu Smith was on the field for 29 snaps and hauled in four of his five targets for 28 yards. In Week 1, Henry (54 snaps) and Smith (55 snaps) saw virtually identical workloads, but it's possible that Smith's decrease in action versus the Jets was related to the hip issue that had him listed as questionable for the contest. In any case, as long as a time-share is in play, the duo of Henry and Smith will continue to cap each other's weekly fantasy ceiling.

Sep 20, 2021 10:13 AM EST

Catches three passes in Week 1

Henry was on the field for 54 of a possible 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jonnu Smith logged 55 snaps, as the Patriots predictably featured their share of two-TE sets in Week 1. In the process, Henry hauled in all three of his targets for 31 yards, while Smith ended up catching all five of his targets for 42 yards, while fumbling once (recovered). As long as both players are available, their weekly target volume will fluctuate, but on the plus side, the duo does seem destined for steady playing time this season.

Sep 13, 2021 10:52 AM EST

Not listed on Week 1 injury report

Henry (shoulder) isn't listed on the Patriots' Week 1 injury report.

Analysis: With that, Henry is line to make his debut with the Patriots in Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins. In a passing attack helmed by rookie QB Mac Jones, Henry is being counted on to combine with fellow newcomer Jonnu Smith to form a potent one-two pass-catching punch, with the team expected to roll out plenty of multi-tight end formations featuring the duo.

Sep 8, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Expects to play in Week 1

Henry (shoulder) indicated Monday that he expects to play against the Dolphins in Sunday's regular-season opener, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Henry is bouncing back from a shoulder injury that suffered during practice Aug. 8, but it appears as though he's trending toward suiting up in Week 1, barring any setbacks. Added clarity with regard to his status should arrive no later than Wednesday, when the Patriots submit their first practice/injury report of the 2021 season. Once cleared to play, Henry is slated to combine with fellow newcomer Jonnu Smith to form a potent one-two punch in a New England offense that figures to roll out plenty of multi-tight end formations, with rookie QB Mac Jones under center for the team.

Sep 6, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Henry (shoulder) didn't suit up for Sunday's preseason finale versus the Giants, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Henry has been managing a shoulder injury and has been limited in practice, so this comes as no surprise. The tight end will now shift his focus to readying for Week 1 action, when he'll look to combine with fellow free-agent acquisition Jonnu Smith to form a potent 1-2 punch at a position that wasn't very productive for the Patriots in 2020.

Aug 29, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Does 7-on-7 work

Henry (shoulder) participated in seven-on-seven drills during Wednesday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Henry didn't see any 11-on-11 work, his participation in practice Wednesday suggests that he's on track to be ready to go in advanced of Week 1. The Patriots, however, could well elect to err on the side of caution with the tight end by holding him out of Sunday's preseason finale against the Giants. Henry and fellow t newcomer Jonnu Smith are in line to work in tandem as a potent one-two punch in a New England attack that figures roll out plenty of multi-TE formations this coming season.

Aug 25, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Not expected to play Thursday

Henry (shoulder) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow TE's Jonnu Smith (ankle) and Matt LaCosse, which should result in Devin Asiasi being busy Thursday night. Henry's been making progress since suffering a shoulder injury earlier this month, but it's unclear if he'll make his game debut with the Patriots before Week 1 of the regular season.

Aug 19, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Travels with team

Henry made the trip to Philadelphia for joint practices with the Eagles this week, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: A report last Monday suggested Henry would miss multiple weeks, but he was spotted at Sunday's practice and apparently now has a chance to participate in joint sessions with the Eagles. Meanwhile, fellow Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith figures to miss at least a day or two after spraining his ankle Sunday.

Aug 16, 2021 6:56 AM EST

Back at practice

Henry (shoulder) was spotted at practice Sunday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Henry will be considered a full participant Sunday, but his presence on the field gives him a chance to return to game action as soon Thursday against the Eagles. This coming season, Henry and fellow free-agent newcomer Jonnu Smith are in line to work in tandem as a one-two punch in a New England attack that figures to use plenty of multi-TE formations.

Aug 15, 2021 7:22 AM EST

Could miss preseason

The MRI that Henry underwent Monday on his shoulder revealed no serious injury, but the Patriots expect him to be sidelined for "a couple of weeks," Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: New England remains optimistic that Henry will gain full clearance in advance of their week 1 matchup Sept. 12 versus the Dolphins, but the shoulder injury he suffered Sunday looks like it will cost him some opportunities to build chemistry with quarterbacks Cam Newton and Mac Jones in practices and during the preseason. For what it's worth, head coach Bill Belichick labeled Henry as "day-to-day" when he met with the media Tuesday, but expect the Patriots to proceed cautiously nonetheless with the veteran tight end, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with New England in March.

Aug 10, 2021 6:49 AM EST

Scheduled for MRI

Henry's shoulder injury is painful, but the Patriots are optimistic an MRI won't reveal anything serious, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: The report adds that Henry could miss some time this preseason even if the MRI brings good news. He was removed from Sunday's practice with an apparent shoulder injury and now seems highly unlikely to suit up for Thursday's exhibition opener against Washington.

Aug 9, 2021 5:43 AM EST

Getting shoulder checked out

Henry appeared to tweak his shoulder during Sunday's practice, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Cox notes that the tight end was checked out by head trainer Jim Whalen afterward. For now, consider Henry day-to-day in advance of Thursday's preseason opener against Washington. When healthy, Henry and Jonnu Smith are set to serve as a talented 1-2 punch in an offense that could use plenty of multi-TE formations this coming season.

Aug 8, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Solid effort at minicamp

Henry turned in a good performance during the Patriots' three-day minicamp, which concluded Wednesday, Mike Dussault of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Henry, who joined the Patriots as a free agent in March, was "catching everything thrown his way" throughout the team's recent mandatory minicamp. Meanwhile, fellow newcomer Jonnu Smith appeared to tweak a hamstring and was "mostly a spectator," but both players should be available the next time the Patriots practice. By signing each of the duo to lucrative contracts, the team seems destined to employ plenty of multi-TE formations this coming season, a context that should allow both Henry and Smith to carve out fantasy value, though their target distribution figures to vary from week to week.

Jun 18, 2021 4:45 AM EST

Suffers apparent ankle/foot injury

Henry departed Thursday's OTA with an apparent left ankle or foot injury and had to get it retaped by the trainer, Ryan Hannable of reports. He didn't return to the session.

Analysis: Given that Henry didn't leave the field for testing, it seems likely the issue is relatively minor in nature. Barring word to the contrary, Henry's next opportunity to retake the field arrives Friday in the team's last OTA before the start of mandatory minicamp next week.

Jun 10, 2021 9:46 AM EST

Joining Jonnu Smith in New England

Henry is signing a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Patriots add another big name to their long list of free-agent acquisitions -- a group that also includes TE Jonnu Smith and WRs Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor. The addition of Henry points to frequent use of multi-TE formations, which could be part of a run-first offense if Cam Newton is still the starting QB. This isn't the best landing spot in terms of Henry's 2021 fantasy value, but partnering with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels could nonetheless prove wise long-term.

Mar 16, 2021 7:17 AM EST

Won't be tagged

The Chargers won't use their franchise tag on Henry, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Doing so would have resulted in a cap hit for Henry that would have been close to $13 million. Popper notes that the Chargers still figure to be looking to re-sign the tight end to a long-term deal, but unless that happens in short order Henry will be able to explore other options once free agency opens.

Mar 9, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

The Chargers activated Henry (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, according to the league's official transactions report.

Analysis: Henry was forced to miss Los Angeles' season-finale against Kansas City after being placed on the COVID-19 list. In all, he wraps up the 2020 season with a career-high 60 catches (93 targets) for 613 yards and four touchdowns across 14 appearances. The 26-year-old tight end played on the non-exclusive franchise tag in 2020, which sets him up to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Chargers will have the option of retaining Henry for 2021 by franchising him again, though his $10.6 million salary would rise significantly.

Jan 7, 2021 2:48 PM EST

Set to miss finale

The Chargers won't activate Henry from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Henry will thus conclude the 2020 campaign with consecutive absences after having yet to clear all health-related protocols since he was added to the list Dec. 24. While Henry was sidelined for the Week 16 loss to the Broncos, Donald Parham led Chargers tight ends in offensive snap share (81 percent), but Stephen Anderson (44 percent of snaps) doubled him up in targets, 6-3. Expect both Parham and Anderson to have prominent roles in the Week 17 passing game, as another key target in top wideout Keenan Allen (reserve/COVID-19 list) will also be sitting out.

Jan 1, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Henry, who is on the COVID-19 reserve list, is not available for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Also out is top wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring), so the Chargers will be without two of their top pass-catching options in Week 16. In Henry's absence, Donald Parham is expected to fill in as the team's starting tight end Sunday.

Dec 27, 2020 11:49 AM EST

Trending toward absence Sunday

The Chargers elevated tight end Matt Sokol from the practice squad Saturday, which may indicate the team isn't expecting Henry (undisclosed) to be available Sunday against the Broncos, Gavino Borquez of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Henry didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list one day later, giving him very little time to make his way through league protocol's to be able to suit up for game day. If Henry doesn't return to the active roster in time for Sunday's 4:05 p.m.ET kickoff, Donald Parham is slated to start at tight end for L.A.

Dec 26, 2020 1:58 PM EST

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