Hunter Henry

New England Patriots
Tight End #86
New England Patriots
Tight End #86
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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

Expected to miss Sunday's game

Henry isn't likely to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list in time for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Nick Kosmider and Daniel Popper of The Athletic report.

Analysis: Henry was listed on the Wednesday injury report with an illness and later placed on the COVID-19 list. Coach Anthony Lynn said Donald Parham will fill in as the starting tight end if Henry isn't able to play.

Dec 25, 2020 4:26 PM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

Coach Anthony Lynn relayed Thursday that Henry is on the COVID-19 reserve list, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Lynn added that Donald Parham would start at tight end for the Chargers this weekend against the Broncos if Henry is unable to play Sunday.

Dec 24, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Sits out practice

Henry (illness) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Henry's status will thus need to be monitored as Sunday's game against the Broncos approaches, though a return to practice Thursday, at any participation level, would suggest that the tight end is in no danger of sitting out Week 16 action.

Dec 23, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Productive night in win

Henry brought in five of seven targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night.

Analysis: The athletic tight end locked in a solid fantasy night early courtesy of a 10-yard touchdown grab in the latter portion of the first quarter that opened the scoring on the night for both teams. Henry went on to post his second-highest yardage total since Week 2, and he's now just 40 yards away from exceeding the career-high 652 receiving yards he recorded last season over 12 games. The fourth-year pro will look to accomplish the feat in a Week 16 divisional contest against the Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Dec 17, 2020 9:46 PM EST

Sheds injury designation

Henry (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Raiders after practicing fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Henry's practice participation revved up as the week progressed, and the Chargers' top tight end should be all systems go against Las Vegas. He'll look to top his modest output of four catches for 33 yards from the Week 9 meeting between these AFC West foes.

Dec 16, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Limited on Tuesday's report

Henry (hip) was limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report.

Analysis: All of the Chargers' key non-QB skill-position players are tending to injuries, but all of Keenan Allen (hamstring), Austin Ekeler (quadricep), Mike Williams (back) and Henry would have practiced in some capacity Tuesday after DNPs one day prior. The pattern indicates coach Anthony Lynn is taking a similar approach with each of the quartet, but Wednesday's report will reveal if any of them are in danger of being limited or sitting out Thursday in Las Vegas.

Dec 15, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Listed as DNP on practice estimate

Henry (hip) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: As was Keenan Allen (hamstring), Mike Williams (back) and Austin Ekeler (quad). We'll look for added context on the status of the quartet of key skill players Tuesday, as the Chargers ramp up their preparation for Thursday night's game against the Raiders.

Dec 14, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Hardly difference maker in win

Henry corralled six of his eight targets for 41 yards in the 20-17 win Sunday over the Falcons.

Analysis: Henry briefly appeared to injury his shoulder in the second half, but the tight end returned almost immediately after. Sunday marked the sixth time over the last eight games Henry has seen at least six targets, but he's hardly been much of a difference maker considering his paltry average depth of target. Provided he stays healthy for the rest of the season, it's almost guaranteed the 26-year-old will set a career-high in terms of receiving yards, but it's hardly the type of breakout season Henry was hoping for entering 2020 on a franchise tag.

Dec 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST

Hardly involved in blowout loss

Henry caught one of two targets for five yards during Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Henry's output was his worst of the season across the board as he was hardly involved despite the fact that his team played from behind for much of the day. This dud came as even more of a surprise considering he had two touchdowns and an average of 48.3 yards per game over his last three. Henry has been a reliable target for most of the season and will look to get back on track next Sunday against a Falcons defense that has been susceptible to opposing tight ends this season.

Dec 6, 2020 7:05 PM EST

Unspectacular in loss

Henry caught seven of his 10 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: It was another effective fantasy day for Henry who continues to build a rapport with quarterback Justin Herbert. Although the big-bodied tight end failed to score a touchdown for the first time in three games, he did tie a season-high in receptions and also saw a season-high in targets with the Chargers facing an early double-digit deficit. Henry has been consistent, yet not spectacular this season, and should be hard-pressed to capitalize on the momentum in a tough matchup against New England next week.

Nov 29, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Scores for second straight game

Henry caught four of seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-28 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Henry tied for third on the team in targets and hauled in exactly four receptions for the fifth time in the last six games. He made a two-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter to help his team stretch the lead, giving him scores in back-to-back games after going without one the previous three outings. Henry should have plenty of chances to continue thriving in next Sunday's road matchup with the Bills.

Nov 22, 2020 5:51 PM EST

Ends three-game scoring drought

Henry caught four of his six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The tight end is probably thankful to have a mobile signal caller considering Henry's touchdown was essentially a byproduct of the defense converging on Justin Herbert in the red zone, allowing for an easy score. That might be one of the few times fantasy managers have been thankful for the increased mobility as Sunday marked just the second time since Week 2 that the tight end saw a target within the five-yard line. At this point, it's clear the Chargers would rather rely on Herbert's legs (three red-zone rushing TDs) in close quarters as opposed to targeting their big bodies out wide. The schematic change between Herbert and long-time starter Philip Rivers has come at the cost of Henry and Mike Williams' red-zone opportunities, though Week 11 might be a fruitful matchup considering the Jets' ineptitude for much of the season.

Nov 15, 2020 5:10 PM EST

Limited numbers once again

Henry caught four of his seven targets for 33 yards in the 31-26 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: While the oddity of having back-to-back weeks with exactly four receptions and 33 yards receiving might be humorous, it's a less-than-ideal outcome for fantasy managers given what was supposedly a plus matchup. Henry continues to see plenty of targets (53), but an average depth of target of 6.9 yards indicates the almost absurd levels the Chargers take to make sure the tight end provides relief short across the middle of the field.

Nov 8, 2020 6:00 PM EST

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