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TE Hunter Henry - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Henry stepped up to become a core part of the Chargers passing offense in Week 6. He was basically the #2 target behind Melvin Gordon and should continue to be prominent against the Broncos defense that gave up a big game to Evan Engram last week.

Week 7: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game has been up-and-down in 2017, with the ups and downs mostly correlated to the quality of the opposing defense. Rivers has shredded the shaky secondaries of Miami (31 of 39 for 331 yards) and Philadelphia (347 and 2 touchdowns), but been limited in efficiency by the Broncos and Giants (just 5.84 yards per attempt). If we can project this trend along, Rivers should struggle noticeably in this rematch - and his three touchdowns from the season opener don't seem particularly repeatable. Rivers has surprisingly been among the league's least effective passers in the red zone. There's definitely hope, though, if the tight ends can get going. The Broncos have struggled against the position, and Rivers has always been able to put his tight ends in position to score touchdowns. It's hard to overstate the devastating impact we tend to see from this Broncos pass defense. No 2017 opponent has yet topped 250 yards against them, and in fact, only 3 of their last 21 opponents have hit the modest mark. All-world cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib have smothered opposing receivers as usual - no wideout has managed more than 64 yards in a game, and the top guys they've faced have been thoroughly neutralized. Dez Bryant, Keenan Allen, and Amari Cooper combined for a staggeringly low 103 yards across 34 targets. You could quibble with their tight end defense, which has indeed been worked over by opposing starters for an average of 5.2 catches and 56.2 yards (and 3 touchdowns). That will happen when a secondary like this pinches a passing game inside and erases boundary receivers. All told, it's hard to get excited, or even care at all, about any quarterback or wideout matched against Harris and Talib. It's a dominant coverage unit only made stronger by the occasionally suffocating pass rush.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs KC 41 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs PHI 35 2 16 1 0 7.6
5 at NYG 59 3 42 1 0 10.2
6 at OAK 54 5 90 0 0 9
7 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
7 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
7 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)

Henry had one of his best games as a pro, leading both teams with 90 receiving yards and picking up the two critical receptions on the final drive that helped put the Chargers into position for the game-winning field goal. His first reception went for a nice gain, as he rumbled downfield untouched before spinning into the open field to pick up more yardage. He showed nice moves and terrific speed after the catch en route to the big play. Later, he came seemingly inches shy of adding a touchdown. He was stopped just shy of the end zone on a slant at the goal line, and only great tackling by Oakland kept him out. Melvin Gordon would score soon thereafter. It was the second half, though, when Henry really made his presence felt. He took a short catch out of the backfield off play action, with the cornerback coming up to meet him with a big hit. But the defender failed to really wrap him up, so Henry continued on as if the hit didn't even faze him. He continued on to pick up the first down on the play. And with the Chargers trailing the Raiders by two points on their final drive and starting from the shadow of their own end zone, it was Henry who broke loose down the right sideline to give them some breathing room. Rivers hoisted a floater to him, as the defender twisted and fell the wrong way (appearing to be surprised by Henry's deep speed to get separation). Two plays later, Henry picked up 23 yards down that same sideline for a crucial gain. The ball was placed perfectly over his shoulder, as Henry hauled it in and got out of bounds. Those two plays amassed 57 yards, and were the keys to the Chargers getting into range to connect on the eventual game-winning field goal.

2017 Week 5 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)

Henry is one of the most boom-bust tight ends this season with two weeks of zero targets in the opening month of the season. This week was one of activity for Henry, collecting eight targets, second-most on the team. Henry logged most of his yardage on a long touchdown, one of Philip Rivers' few beautifully thrown passes of the day to Henry on a corner route. Henry dropped a third down target and had an end zone pass tipped away, which should have been higher by Rivers. With Antonio Gates struggling to separate or run effective routes, Hunter Henry's role projects as a stable one as the season progresses.

2017 Week 4 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)

Both Henry and Antonio Gates had relatively quiet games, and didn't even see very many targets. Despite Philip Rivers being under pressure, he still found enough time to connect with his wide receivers down the field more frequently than the tight ends and running backs in the short passing game. Henry got his first target in the second half, turning it upfield and leaning forward for a first down. Soon after, the Chargers got in the red zone and he came off the field in favor of Gates. The pass play went to Gates but didn't result in a score, and then Henry came back in for a 2-tight end set. The ball was thrown to Henry in the back of the end zone, and despite a remarkable effort, it was initially ruled an incomplete pass. Upon review, however, replays showed that Henry had managed to snare the ball with one hand while also dragging both feet across the back line prior to sliding out of bounds. Officials changed the call to a touchdown, one that immediately goes to the top of Henry's (brief) career highlight reel.

2017 Week 3 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

While Henry did a fantastic job blocking, he wasn't involved at all in the passing game for the second time in three weeks. Once again, Henry didn't see a single target while Antonio Gates was the go-to guy at the tight end spot for Los Angeles.

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (7 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)

A week after being held without a catch, it appeared that the Chargers made a concerted effort to get Henry the ball with some frequency. He made several sliding grabs in the first half, most over the middle of the field and one demonstrating excellent hands as he went to the ground for it. Later in the first half he was targeted in the end zone with a corner fade route, but the ball was well overthrown. Henry drew a questionable pass interference penalty from the defender, setting up a first and goal at the 1-yard line (which the Chargers converted on the ground). It was the only time Henry was looked to in the end zone. He did bring in a red zone grab inside the 10-yard line later in the game with defenders all around him, however, and his critical reception in the last minute of regulation picked up 17 yards to midfield while also getting out of bounds to conserve a timeout. With Gates still around, it'll be hard for Henry to put up consistent performances. But games such as this one demonstrate his ability going forward and in future seasons.

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Henry, a potential breakout pick of several pundits this year, had a very inauspicious start to his season with zero receptions. In fact, he wasn't even looked at in the passing game. The Charger tight ends as a whole only saw two short catches, both by Antonio Gates.

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Latest News

Chargers | Hunter Henry leads passing game (Sun Oct 15, 11:40 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry finished with five catches for a team-high 90 yards in a 17-16 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.

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Chargers | Hunter Henry visits end zone (Sun Oct 8, 08:02 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry posted three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 5 against the New York Giants.

Our View: Henry delivered on a matchup that had yielded five tight end scores in four games coming in. AJ Derby and Denver gets the Giants defense next week and Henry might stay in our lineups against Oakland despite Ben Watson's low numbers against them today.
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Schedule

7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
17vs Oakland Raiders