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TE Hunter Henry - San Diego Chargers

6-5, 250Born: 12-7-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 2

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17 vs KC 36 4 43 1 0 10.3

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2016 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 4 / 43 / 1 rec)

There was a news report earlier this week that Henry is going to be featured in the team's passing game in 2017. Perhaps they were looking to get a bit of a preview of that in this game, as he snagged a quick bullet pass over the middle in traffic and then added a lunging grab on a crossing route soon after on the opening drive. He made an incredibly athletic grab in reaching out and snagging a pass out of mid-air with one hand as the defender hung all over him. It wasn't a tip catch either; he literally reached up and back, and snatched the nose end of the ball for the catch. Soon after, he appeared to be wide open in the end zone. But Philip Rivers chose to check down to veteran Antonio Gates, who came into the game trailing Tony Gonzalez by 1 on the NFL's all-time list for touchdowns by a tight end. Gates got that tying grab, and the fans wanted to see him break the record late in the game. Henry had other plans, by again streaking wide open to the end zone. Rivers fired a bullet pass to the rookie tight end, who made another nice adjustment in turning around on a ball thrown a bit behind him. He turned back away from the direction of his spin, and hauled it in for the score.

2016 Week 16 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After a hot start to the season, Henry has taken a back seat to Antonio Gates in terms of the tight end targets. In this game, Gates led the team in both receptions and yardage, and added a touchdown for good measure. He was constantly the favorite target of Philip Rivers at just about every key moment. Henry, meanwhile, didn't see a single pass in his direction all afternoon.

2016 Week 15 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)

The rookie, who appears primed to take over full time for Antonio Gates next season, had another solid performance. The only thing really lacking from his being a top-10 tight end option at this point is probably opportunity. With Gates and others getting a share of the targets, there are only so many footballs to go around for Henry. But he made the most of his opportunities in this one. He took a wide open crossing route over the middle and immediately turned upfield, fighting through tacklers for a 20-yard gain early on. Soon after, he showed excellent vision and athleticism by snagging a pass thrown a bit behind him, making the adjustment on a crossing route to convert the 3rd and 2 pass play for a first down. And then in the second half, he worked through his defender, sliding to the ground near the back of the end zone and showing nice concentration to haul in the bullet pass thrown into traffic for the 7-yard touchdown.

2016 Week 14 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

this season as a red zone weapon. It was a funny looking play, because both Henry and Tyrell Williams ended up running their routes within about a yard of each other and it was tough to see who the intended target was on first glance. But it was definitely intended for Henry, and he brought it in. He also added a nice catch late in the game, showing good concentration on corraling a pass that was on him before he expected it to be there. The problem was, those were the only two passes he brought in all game. He was streaking open towards the sideline for what would have been a 20-yard gain early on, but the Rivers pass never made it to him. It wouldn't have mattered, because it was holding anyway. Another Henry reception that DID happen but was negated by a penalty was a nice gain along the sideline. That one was wiped out by an illegal touching flag, called on Henry for stepping out of bounds and then coming back in to make the catch. He nearly brought in a deep floater near the goal line on a pass that seemed to hang up in the air forever. Henry was so focused on catching the ball that he never saw the defender bearing down on him. It just flicked off his fingertips as he couldn't bring it in, but seconds later he was crunched by the defender and sent him briefly to the sideline.

2016 Week 13 vs TB (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Henry's only reception in the game was a nice grab over the middle after getting and holding positioning against a defender who tried getting around him. He essentially screened the defender off and immediately turned upfield for a nice gain down to the 5-yard line.

2016 Week 12 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

With Antonio Gates seeing zero receptions on zero targets, one might suspect that that meant extra work for Henry. That wasn't the case, however, as the rookie only saw two receptions on three looks. And he messed up what should have been his biggest play of the game when he dropped an easy crossing route that hit him right in the hands. It would have been an easy 20-30 yards with upside of 50, because there were literally no defenders anywhere near him when he dropped the ball and a ton of open space ahead of him. He did make up for it somewhat late in the game when he snagged Rivers' final touchdown pass of the game. It was a floater into the end zone, and Henry had to go low to cradle it in while sliding on the ground, but he made the impressive grab on what turned out to be the difference-making score.

2016 Week 10 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)

Since his hot start to the season and subsequent injury, Henry has really cooled off in terms of his production. He wasn't terribly involved in this one either, but he did manage to get back in the scoring column. He rolled to the back corner of the end zone, and Philip Rivers did a nice job of buying some time for Henry to reach the corner. Rivers flipped it up for the easy score. Hunter toe-tapped the sideline to be sure he was inbounds, but he was in by plenty. Henry's only other catch of the game came early on, showing really good hands on a fingertip grab to bring in a pass thrown away from his body.

2016 Week 8 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Henry, who was dinged up a bit coming into the game, didn't have his name called the entire first half. But despite the unusually quiet performance, the Chargers still seemed to make it a focus to get him to ball. Facing a critical third down and 8 late in the game, Henry was set up to the right side of the formation. All the receivers were to the far left, and tight end Antonio Gates went in motion pre-snap to join them. Upon the snap, Rivers only looked in Henry's direction and simply allowed him to make a play on the ball. He did so, converting a first down and setting up a first and goal from the 2-yard line. After three incompletions, Henry was again the target, this time on a last-gasp fourth down pass. He was unable to get in position as the defender batted it away to essentially end the game, but it was good to see the rookie being the go-to guy in a couple of huge spots like that.

2016 Week 7 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Henry appeared to injure himself late in the fourth quarter on an end zone target. He was having an extremely quiet game even before that, with just one reception the entire game. His name wasn't even called until he made a nice block to seal the edge on a Melvin Gordon touchdown run, and he wasn't targeted until there were two minutes remaining in the first half. He made a strong grab over the middle, turned upfield and dragged three defenders an additional five yards down to the 5-yard line. On the play he was hurt on, he caught the ball near the sideline but wasn't able to stay inbounds as only one foot came down on the field of play. He was limping a bit after the play, although it was difficult to see anything specifically causing the injury on any of the replays. He walked to the sideline and seemed to indicate to the coaches that he was alright, but he wasn't called on again in the game.

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)

Henry is staking his claim for every-week relevance with each performance. He wasn't just the number one tight end target in this game; he was making a case as the number one overall target in this passing game. He made one mistake early on when an offensive pass interference call against him wiped out a 20-yard catch and run by Dexter McCluster. But he more than made up for that moments later with a 27-yard reception of his own, turning up the field for a nice gain after the catch. He soon followed that up with a touchdown from close range. He head fakes to his left, then quickly darted inside where Philip Rivers found him with a bullet pass that only Henry could catch it. Throughout the remainder of especially the first half, Henry dominated the middle of the field. He consistently beat his defender off the line and easily beat single coverage repeatedly. Henry was also the recipient of the floater in the flat that enabled Rivers to pass Dan Fouts on the all-time Chargers passing yardage list. Henry was targeted once more near the end zone from 19 yards away, but there was excellent coverage by Denver and the play didn't have much chance. But he capped his evening by showing his athleticism on a tough sliding grab over the middle for 15 yards. Antonio Gates, meanwhile, was relegated to an afterthought and even dropped two passes in the game while miscommunicating with Rivers on two other occasions. With over a decade of working together, one would expect Gates and Rivers to get on the same page eventually, but in this game it seemed like Rivers and Henry were the ones with the long history of working well with one another.

2016 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 74 / 1 rec)

The rookie continues to look comfortable and at times, electric, in this offense. On a day in which San Diego harkened back to their old big play ways, three different players caught passes of at least fifty yards. But none went further than Henry's 59-yard catch-and-run over the middle in the second half. He reached behind him and snagged the pass despite the ball being thrown away from his body. He then simply read his blocks to find the best angle away from the defense. Showing some excellent speed, he outraced several defenders and went untouched for thirty yards down the field before being taken down. Soon after that big play, he added a touchdown from close range. The primary target on the play was Antonio Gates, but he was well-covered and Rivers checked down to Henry in the back of the end zone for the easy score. Late in the game, he demonstrated some really nice athleticism and showed that the Jason Witten comparisons may very well be warranted when he made a sliding grab for 14 yards - ending up lying on his back while stretched out to make the catch.

2016 Week 4 vs NO (7 / 4 / 61 / 1 rec)

The rookie had another very productive game in place of the injured Antonio Gates. He was the second-most targeted player after Dontrelle Inman, and joined Inman as the only players to catch touchdown passes for San Diego. His score was a wide open catch where Philip Rivers temporarily froze the defenders with a hesitation while waiting for Henry to get past his man. The quarterback put it over the top of the defense for the easy score. Henry was targeted in the end zone soon after that on a floater in the corner, but wasn't close to getting his second foot down. It was still an impressive grab even if it didn't count. He showed some veteran savvy on a second half grab over the middle. He caught a pass just shy of the first down marker as the defender grabbed him. He was seemingly wrapped up just shy of the line to gain, but he quickly looked to the sideline to find the first down marker, stretched out while keeping his knees off the ground, and lunged ahead for the first down. He displayed his athleticism later in the fourth quarter with a tremendous sliding grab to get the ball back into the red zone on a low thrown ball.

2016 Week 3 vs IND (5 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

It was an uneven performance by Henry, who secured all five of his targets in the game and generally looked like an old veteran and not a rookie. His long gain was a 33-yard grab down the right sideline where he got past the last defender for big yardage and then rumbled ahead for a bit more. Later in the game, he showed his strength as well by taking a short catch and dragging the defender an extra couple of yards to barely make it to the first down marker. But on the team's last-gasp drive to try and come back, Henry made two costly plays that helped seal the win for the Colts. A false start penalty pushed the Chargers back (not a big deal in and of itself). But after making a short catch over the middle and trying to fight for extra yardage, he allowed a Colts defender to strip the ball from behind, resulting in a turnover and a loss for San Diego.


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