Hunter Henry

New England Patriots
Tight End #86
New England Patriots
Tight End #86
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Sets career mark for TDs

Henry finished the 2021 regular season with 50 catches on 75 targets for 603 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns in 17 games.

Analysis: For the first time in his NFL career, the 2016 second-rounder played his team's full slate of games. Henry, who is signed through 2023, joined the Patriots as a splashy free agent signing last March along with fellow tight end Jonnu Smith. Though the duo operated in a time-share, it was Henry who was more involved in the passing game in his first campaign with New England. This coming season, Henry and Smith -- who is signed through 2024 -- are in line to continue to work in tandem, an arrangement that caps Henry's volume when both are available, but should still yield fantasy utility for Henry, given his nose for the end zone.

Jan 26, 2022 8:39 AM EST


Leading receiver in loss

Henry caught five of six targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The tight end led the Patriots in catches and receiving yards, but it was the team's backfield that accounted for all three of its TDs. Henry finishes the regular season with 55 catches on 81 targets for a career-high 689 yards and nine touchdowns, and he figures to be Mac Jones' most reliable option in Saturday's wild-card round clash with the Bills.

Jan 9, 2022 10:34 PM EST



Three catches versus Jaguars

Henry was on the field for 39 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, en route to catching three of his five targets for 37 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fellow tight end Jonnu Smith out-snapped (42) Henry in the contest, but was only targeted once (for a 20-yard gain). Henry's volume and yardage totals have been has been sporadic of late, but he remains on the fantasy radar due to his TD potential. Through 16 games to date, he's logged a 45/517/9 stat line on 69 targets.

Jan 3, 2022 9:45 AM EST


One catch in Week 16

Henry was on the field for 55 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills, en route to catching one of his six targets for nine yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jonnu Smith logged 21 snaps and wasn't targeted in the contest. Henry's Week 16 fantasy dud follows an effort last weekend in which he caught six of eight targets for a season-high 77 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Colts. A stat line somewhere in the middle of that range is a plausible projection for him versus the Jaguars this coming Sunday.

Dec 27, 2021 10:17 AM EST


Finds end zone twice against Colts

Henry caught six of eight targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: He was the leading receiver for either team on the night, and both of Mac Jones' TD passes wound up in Henry's secure hands on a pair of red-zone strikes in the fourth quarter. The tight end has a career-high nine touchdowns on the season through 14 games, and he'll look to reach double digits in a Week 16 rematch with the Bills.

Dec 18, 2021 9:37 PM EST



No targets Monday

Henry was not targeted in Monday night's 14-10 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Henry's first game without a target as a Patriots came on a most unusual night, with the team throwing merely three times due to extremely windy conditions. Although fellow tight end Jonnu Smith was fortunate enough to haul in one of those attempts for a 12-yard gain, Henry was restricted to work as a blocker. While New England's game plan was sufficient to get the win Monday, Henry may look forward to a more conventional scheme once the team returns from its bye week to face the Colts in Week 15.

Dec 6, 2021 9:14 PM EST


Two catches in Week 12

Henry, who logged 41 of a possible 60 snaps in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans, caught two of his five targets for 16 yards in the contest, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jonnu Smith saw action on 34 snaps and caught three of his four targets for 49 yards against his former team. Henry's now had back-to-back quiet outings and profiles as a TD-dependent option in Week 13 fantasy lineups, while facing a tough Bills' pass defense on the road this coming Sunday night.

Nov 29, 2021 9:26 AM EST


Active for Sunday's game

Henry (neck) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: As is fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), which sets the stage the duo to continue to work in a time-share. In the context of that arrangement Henry has been more productive from a fantasy standpoint, having put together a 33-378-7 stat line in 11 games compared to Smith's 22-210-1 tally over the course of 10 contests.

Nov 28, 2021 8:44 AM EST


On track to play Sunday

Henry (neck) is expected to play Sunday against the Titans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder) also heads into the contest listed as questionable, but if both are available they'll continue to work in a time-share against Tennessee. Official confirmation of the duo's Week 12 status will arrive once the Patriots' inactives are posted prior to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Nov 28, 2021 4:58 AM EST


Listed as questionable versus Titans

Henry (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), with the Patriots having listed a total of 10 players as questionable for the contest. Fortunately, the duo's Week 12 status will be clarified prior to the first wave of games Sunday, with New England and Tennessee kicking off at 1:00 ET. Though Henry's been working in a time-share with Smith, he's been more productive from a fantasy perspective, recording a 33/378/7 stat line in 11 games compared to Smith's 22/210/1 totals through 10 contests.

Nov 26, 2021 2:19 PM EST


Limited practice Wednesday

Henry (neck) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: As was fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), but at this stage neither seem likely to miss Sunday's game against the Titans. That said, unless either tight end is able to practice fully by the end of the week, the duo could head into the weekend officially listed as questionable. That said, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald points out that all 13 players the Patriots listed as questionable for last Thursday's win over the Falcons ended up suiting up for the contest.

Nov 24, 2021 2:02 PM EST


Limited to two grabs Thursday

Henry secured two of three targets for 25 yards in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end saw a two-game touchdown streak snapped, and he now has recorded two or fewer receptions in five of the last six games overall. Henry's knack for the end zone has helped keep his fantasy value robust despite his usually modest reception and yardage totals -- his 6-75-1 line back in Week 5 counts as his best performance of the season -- but in games where he's held without a touchdown, he's subject to some pedestrian stat lines. Henry will have an opportunity to bounce back in a Week 12 home matchup against the Titans a week from Sunday,

Nov 18, 2021 8:50 PM EST


Two more touchdowns

Henry caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns on four targets against Cleveland on Sunday.

Analysis: The per-target efficiency here isn't sustainable, but the Patriots might have had reason to throw Henry more targets if the Browns hadn't folded up so early in the 45-7 loss. Although his ceiling might be capped somewhat in a Patriots offense that tends to spread the ball around, Henry has demonstrated a convincing floor in recent weeks and becomes a strong candidate to score whenever the Patriots get within range of the end zone. While his fantasy investors would love to see more targets, a modest target count is a lot easier to accept when the player in question has seven touchdowns in seven games. It's probably safe to say that if Mac Jones throws a touchdown, Henry is a strong bet to be the guy catching it.

Nov 14, 2021 1:51 PM EST


Heads tight end corps Sunday

With Jonnu Smith (shoulder) inactive Sunday against the Browns, Henry is in line to head the Patriots' Week 10 tight end corps.

Analysis: Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse are on hand in reserve, but Henry should be busy Sunday with Smith, who he'd been sharing TE snaps with being unavailable. Nine games into the season, Henry has recorded 27 catches (on 38 targets) for 316 yards and five TDs.

Nov 14, 2021 9:03 AM EST


Nabs fifth touchdown

Henry had two receptions (three targets) for 19 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-6 win over Carolina.

Analysis: Henry continues to serve as Mac Jones' top red-zone threat, converting the duo's fifth score from within the 20-yard line this year. The veteran tight end doesn't provide gaudy yardage totals (35.1 yards per game), but his nose for the end zone gives him fringe TE1 value. Henry and the Patriots will take on the Browns in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2021 1:33 PM EST


One catch in Week 8

Henry logged 50 of a possible 77 snaps on offense, en route to catching one of his three targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Chargers, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jonnu Smith was out there for 49 snaps and caught both of his targets for 13 yards. Henry headed into Week 8 action in the midst of a four-game scoring streak, and looking ahead to next Sunday's game against the Panthers he profiles as a TD-dependent fantasy option while operating in a time-share.

Nov 1, 2021 12:31 PM EST


Finds end zone in drubbing of Jets

Henry caught two of three targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Henry scored from one yard out in the final minute of the first half, bobbling the ball in the back of the end zone but ultimately securing possession. He has found the end zone in each of his last four games, and Henry could see a bump in volume if fellow tight end Jonnu Smith -- who exited early with a shoulder injury -- is unable to suit up in Week 8 against the Chargers.

Oct 24, 2021 5:23 PM EST


Finds end zone again Sunday

Henry caught both his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-29 overtime loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: The tight end caught a 20-yard strike from Mac Jones in the first quarter, giving Henry a TD for the third straight game. The two targets were a season low for the former Charger, but he's caught multiple passes in every game this year and he's establishing himself as Jones' favorite red-zone option heading into a Week 7 clash with the Jets.

Oct 17, 2021 7:24 PM EST


Leads way in passing game

Henry recorded six receptions on eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Texans.

Analysis: Henry had his best game as a Patriot and also scored for the second consecutive week. He managed long receptions of 21 and 16 yards and also found the end zone on a catch from 13 yards away. Despite the encouraging results, Sunday's effort marked the first time that Henry topped 50 yards on the campaign. Henry is likely to continue to see limited volume as the Patriots spread targets to a variety of pass-catchers, including Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Jonnu Smith and Kendrick Bourne.

Oct 10, 2021 2:36 PM EST


Hits pay dirt on SNF

Henry had four receptions (five targets) for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Henry was finally able to record a touchdown after failing in the first three attempts with his new club. Fellow tight end, Jonnu Smith, was also able to score (three catches for 14 yards and a score) in Mac Jones' first multi-touchdown game this year. Henry remains the more appealing option based on playing time, but both tight ends eat into each other's production and put a low ceiling on their respective fantasy values. The Texans are next on the docket for the Patriots' tight end duo.

Oct 3, 2021 10:14 PM EST


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