TE Hunter Henry - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-5, 250||Born: 12-7-1994||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 15 vs KC (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Henry was having a solid, if not spectacular, game catching the football. He had a few short grabs over the middle and several on third down to keep drives moving. But on a short reception by Austin Ekeler, Henry ended up getting injured and had to leave the game. Afterwards, it was revealed he had suffered a lacerated kidney on the play. His status for any upcoming games is unknown at this point, but it's not typically an injury we see players attempting to play through.
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)
As has been the case the last few weeks, the Chargers got up big early on and dominated the first half, only to slow things down after halftime. Henry dominated the first half, putting up all of his stats before then. At times, he seemed simply uncoverable. Henry converted a huge third and 9 for a 20-yard gain on the first drive, draw a pass interference over the middle (showing no fear in going full extension). And he capped his afternoon with a touchdown along the back of the end zone after easily beating his man off the line. After halftime, the Chargers largely sat on the lead and ran the ball to chew up the clock. Henry, along with the rest of the offense, were much quieter after that point; otherwise, his stats could have been huge.
2017 Week 13 vs CLE (9 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec)
Henry had a very solid game, but ended with a damper when he was forced to leave the game with a leg injury. Henry made several tough grabs, mostly over the middle of the field. His first catch was a tough sliding grab over the middle with a defender right on top of him to convert a third down. He added a really athletic play later in the first half when he was cut down by a blitzer during a block out of the backfield. He quickly got to his feet as Rivers bought enough time on the rollout, before dropping it to Henry for the first down gain. He opened the second half by streaking down the left sideline as Rivers hit him perfectly in stride for 25 yards on what appeared to be a broken defensive assignment by Cleveland. But then on a late grab on the open field, a defender went low just as Henry was coming down with the ball. It didn't look like a typical "gross" injury or anything, but he remained on the ground for quite awhile and was in considerable pain. He was later seen walking around on the sideline which hopefully bodes well for the possibility of avoiding a serious injury, but nobody can make any assumptions until the team reveals his status one way or the other in the coming days.
2017 Week 12 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec)
Henry was the clear second target of the Chargers' passing game in the road win against the Cowboys. Keenan Allen dominated targets with 42% of the team total, but Henry optimized his five targets, catching them all and producing big plays. Henry has been up and down this season, including three straight low-level performances leading up to this week's strong game. Henry was unstoppable on intermediate routes, logging three of his receptions on deep out or crossing routes for substantial gains. Henry showed quality movement for his size and added a contested goal line touchdown as the Chargers opened up a lead on Dallas. While his season has been a disappointment compared to the breakout projections, Henry has nearly matched his rookie season reception and yardage production with more than a month to play. Antonio Gates' decline continues as Henry's snap counts are strong on a weekly basis. The Browns and Redskins offer strong matchups for tight end production over the next two weeks.
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
On a day that saw the Chargers score 54 points, the tight ends were conspicuously absent from the action. Antonio Gates didn't catch a single pass, and Henry had just two (one of which came on the first pass attempt of the game, a perfectly-thrown 15 yard dropped right in his lap along the sideline). Henry also saw two end zone targets, neither of which was really all that close to a score. He was briefly open on the first one, but the pass may have been thrown just a hair late and the defender came up to knock it away. And on the second, his arm was pinned behind the defender and he attempted to make a one-handed grab in the corner but had that one stripped away as well.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
After several weeks that lent some excitement to his fantasy prospects, Henry was extremely quiet once again. He had a short catch along the sideline on an early rollout, and added a diving grab along the sideline late in the fourth quarter just shy of the marker. But other than that, he was essentially not a factor in the passing game.
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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