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Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry

Tight End #86
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 10
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 250 lb.
College:Arkansas
Age:25
Born:December 7, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 2 (35)
Draft Team:SD

Hunter Henry: Willing to play under tag

Henry is willing to play under the franchise tag, though he prefers a long-term contract, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. "I think it's fine," Henry said when he was asked about the tag. "I mean, obviously, I would like to get something done... just for security, in the long term."

Analysis: Henry signed the franchise tender in April, ending any discussion of a possible holdout. He said it's been a while since serious contract negotiations took place, but he's hoping to get a deal done this summer. The tight end also mentioned that he's been able to talk and throw with rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, the sixth overall pick from April's draft. The Chargers still expect Tyrod Taylor to get the Week 1 start, but recent history shows that first-round QBs tend to get on the field sooner rather than later.

May 25, 2020 5:44 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Long-term extension looming?

Henry, who agreed to sign his franchise tag, is still expected to sign a multi-year deal with the Chargers, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Henry and the Chargers have until July 15 to comes to terms on an extension, otherwise he'll presumably play under the $10.6 million franchise tag in 2020. The 2016 second-round pick has been a staple of the team's offense when healthy, but knee injuries in consecutive seasons have limited him to just 12 of 32 games. With long-time veteran Philip Rivers now with the Colts, Henry could have an even greater emphasis as a reliable underneath target for whoever is eventually under center to start the new campaign.

April 16, 2020 11:24 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Accepts franchise tag

Henry will sign his $10.61 million franchise tender Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Henry was hopeful to secure an extension with the Chargers this offseason, but the poor durability he's shown during his first four NFL seasons may have prevented any discussions about a long-term deal from gaining any serious traction. The franchise tag will at least make him one of the NFL's top-paid tight ends during the 2020 season, when he'll look to prove his health and stay productive as the Chargers move on from longtime signal-caller Philip Rivers. Los Angeles is expected to proceed with Tyrod Taylor as its starter entering training camp, but the team could invest its first-round pick into a quarterback who could challenge the veteran for the top job.

April 13, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Gets franchise tag

The Chargers have decided to franchise tag Henry, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The move was expected and signals the team's desire to keep a key playmaker in the fold. The 25-year-old is coming off a 2019 season in which he hauled in 55 passes for 652 yards and five TDs in 12 games. Who will be throwing the talented tight end passes this coming season remains to be seen, however, with the Chargers planning to move on from long-time franchise QB Philip Rivers.

March 13, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Expected to be retained

Henry is considered the team's top priority in free agency, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Retaining Henry has seemingly been the Chargers main concern since the end of the season, to the point where it seems like a foregone conclusion the team would ultimately place a franchise tag on their star tight end should they ultimately fail to lock-in a long-term deal. The 25-year-old has been an obvious weapon when on the field, but missing 22 games over the past four seasons could ultimately keep the tight end's market slightly depreciated. The Chargers certainly aren't hurting for cap space, particularly after it was announced long-time franchise icon, Philip Rivers, would not return to the team for his 17th professional season, but a new signal caller will inevitably eat into that cap figure this offseason. The Chargers will have until March 16, 11:59 a.m. ET to offer the fourth-year tight end the franchise tag.

March 11, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Positive steps forward

Henry caught five of his six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the 31-21 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He finished the season with 55 receptions, 652 receiving yards and five touchdowns across 12 games.

Analysis: Henry easily set career highs in just about every major statistical category save for touchdown receptions, but a five-week stretch to end the season in which he posted just 16 catches, 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns puts a damper on what should have been a breakout year for the fourth-year tight end. While the Chargers have a number of important free agents to make decisions on, it seems entirely likely the team will either franchise tag or re-sign Henry to a lucrative extension in the offseason, as the 25-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. A history of Injuries ultimately could keep the price tag in check, as the 2016 second-round pick has never played a full 16-game season in the NFL, most recently suffering a knee fracture which kept him out four games in 2019.

December 30, 2019 7:07 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Absent once more

Henry caught five of his seven targets for 45 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Raiders.

Analysis: Henry saw his highest target volume since Week 11, but it failed to translate into meaningful fantasy production. Despite playing in just 11 games, the fourth-year tight end set a career high in receiving yards thanks to Sunday's performance, but given the stretch from Week 6 to 11 in which he posted a 35-427-3 line, it's hardly a victory lap for fantasy owners who battled with Henry's inconsistencies for much of the season.

December 23, 2019 10:51 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Target volume continues to drop

Henry caught both of his targets for 29 yards in the 39-10 loss Sunday to the Vikings.

Analysis: Henry's disappearance over the last three weeks is a mystery that might never be solved. In a six-game stretch following a return from a tibia plateau fracture, Henry was arguably one of the most dynamic tight ends in the league, recording 35 receptions, 427 receiving yards and three touchdowns thanks to 49 targets --- second most on the team over that stretch behind usual stalwart Keenan Allen. But in the team's three games following a Week 12 bye, Henry was been shockingly absent from the offense, shuffling together a 6-78-1 line behind a paltry nine targets. Part of the loss of production could be blamed on the opposition; both the Broncos in Week 13 and Vikings in Week 15 were aggressively attempting to limit Henry's opportunities, particularly as a safety valve against a heavy pass rush. But it's still bizarre to see such a dramatic switch away from the position, with wide receiver Mike Williams essentially gobbling up the extra targets by way of the deep pass. It remains to be seen how Henry will finish out the fantasy season, as the Chargers could opt to start younger signal callers such as Tyrod Taylor or Easton Stick after yet another alarmingly poor Sunday from franchise icon Philip Rivers.

December 17, 2019 7:09 AM EST

Hunter Henry: Hits pay dirt against Jags

Henry caught two of four targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.

Analysis: The tight end has seen his target volume drop lately, getting only seven targets over the last two games, but Henry was able to salvage his day with his fourth TD of the season. Despite that, he's only 44 receiving yards short of topping last year's career high of 579 -- a mark he'll look to reach in Week 15 when the Chargers host the Vikings.

December 8, 2019 5:44 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Posts complete dud

Henry was shutdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Broncos, recording just two receptions for 10 yards.

Analysis: Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen accounted for nearly 90 percent of the team's total receiving yards, saddling Henry with easily his worst game of 2019. The dismal outing has to be disappointing for fantasy owners, but Henry has had just four games with 20 or less receiving yards since Week 4 of the 2017 season, so it's fair to assume the star tight end could be poised for a turnaround.

December 1, 2019 5:21 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Another nice showing

Henry caught six of nine targets for 69 yards in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. He also hauled in a successful two-point conversion.

Analysis: Henry was again regularly utilized by quarterback Philip Rivers, placing third on the Chargers in both receptions and targets on the evening. His two-point grab also offered a little bonus to another solid fantasy showing. Through seven appearances this season, Henry is averaging 70 receiving yards per game, making him one of the more reliable tight ends across the league.

November 18, 2019 9:43 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Catches two TDs in return

Henry (knee) caught eight of his nine targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-17 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: So much for concerns Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. The starting tight end was making his return to the field after a four-game absence due to a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee. Henry was the primary beneficiary of a spirited fourth-quarter rally, catching three passes, including two touchdowns, in the fourth quarter. With the Steelers' defense hell-bent on stopping Keenan Allen, both Henry and Mike Williams received the largest target volume as the two combined for 19 targets, although most of that production occurred in the second half as the Chargers tried to erase a three-score deficit. While it's unlikely Henry will benefit from that level of junk-time production moving forward, it's clear the 6-foot-5 tight end will be a major red zone weapon moving forward.

October 13, 2019 8:43 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Returns to lineup Sunday

Henry (knee) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: Henry -- who suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Week 1 - will give it a go Sunday night, but Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com previously relayed that coach Anthony Lynn seems inclined to limit the tight end's snaps in his return to action. Henry is thus a speculative fantasy play in Week 6, but as long as he avoids any setbacks as the season rolls along, he figures to see his workload increase incrementally in the coming weeks.

October 13, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Expected to play Sunday

Henry (knee), who is listed as questionable on the official injury report, is expected to play Sunday night against Pittsburgh, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Henry was able to fully practice Friday, so it looks like he will return after missing four games. However, the Chargers' late kickoff presents some risk for fantasy owners as his status may not be known until 90 minutes before the 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday night. Even if does return, Henry -- who suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Week 1 -- could be eased into action with a reduced workload.

October 12, 2019 11:17 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Listed as questionable, could see limited snaps Sunday

Henry (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers after practicing fully Friday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com, coach Anthony Lynn noted that the team will have a a jog through Saturday and see how Henry is doing at that point. "If feels good, then yeah, I'll put him out there for a few plays," Lynn indicated Friday. With that, as well as the Chargers' late kickoff in mind, Henry is a risky fantasy roll in Week 6. Assuming he avoids any setbacks in the coming days, however, the tight end figures to see his workload increase incrementally and once he's able to handle his normal allotment of snaps, he'll merit weekly lineup consideration.

October 11, 2019 1:01 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Logs another limited practice Thursday

Henry (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: That Henry was able to log another limited practice session implies that things went well for him in his return to the field Wednesday. It remains to be seen, however, if the tight end is a candidate to return to action this weekend against the Steelers, with Friday's final Week 6 injury report hopefully adding clarity on that front, especially given the team's 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday night.

October 10, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Listed as limited practice participant

Henry (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if the tight end will be able to suit up Sunday night against the Steelers, but Henry -- who suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Week 1 -- is clearly progressing to the point where he's a candidate to re-enter the fantasy equation as soon as he's he's able to log his usual complement of snaps.

October 9, 2019 3:50 PM EST

Hunter Henry: On track to return to practice

Henry (knee) is slated to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Henry, who suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Week 1, thus continues to trend in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches. It remains to be seen if the tight end will progress to the point that he'll be active this weekend, but Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com previously relayed via coach Anthony Lynn that Henry "was moving around pretty good last week" while working with trainers.

October 9, 2019 12:43 PM EST

Hunter Henry: May get practice reps soon

Coach Anthony Lynn said Henry (knee) could participate in practice this week, Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "He was moving around pretty good last week," Lynn said. "So we'll see if we can try to work him in [to practice] this week. But there's no guarantee he'll be back."

Analysis: Henry worked on the side with trainers in practice last week, and a return to team practices is the next step in his recovery. Even if he's able to get on the practice field, though, he's still considered a long shot to play Sunday versus the Steelers unless he can elevate to full participation and take contact. Henry appears to have a good shot at playing Week 7 versus the Titans, however, and he's be a decent waiver-wire stash given how consistent tight ends are a commodity once again.

October 8, 2019 2:54 PM EST

Hunter Henry: Resumes running

Henry was running sprints with a brace on his injured left knee at the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Henry should still be listed as a non-participant on the Chargers' Thursday injury report, his activity off to the side suggests he's making some steady progress in his recovery from a left tibia plateau fracture. When Henry was diagnosed with the injury Sept. 11, his initial timeline called for a 4-to-6-week recovery, so counting on him returning to action in Week 6 versus Pittsburgh may be a tad ambitious.

October 3, 2019 2:39 PM EST

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