TE Hunter Henry - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-5, 250||Born: 12-7-1994||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
Week 15: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. On the whole, the Chargers have struggled throughout their 5-8 start to the season, but their passing attack is not to blame for these struggles. The Chargers rank top-five in both raw yardage through the air and passing efficiency entering Week 15, and now that their passing game is at full-strength, they pose a tough matchup for even the toughest pass defenses in the league. Philip Rivers may be playing his final games in a Chargers' uniform down the stretch in 2019, but with a capable unit of pass-catchers, featuring Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler, he has a great chance to go out on a high note. Allen's status as one of the NFL's most productive receivers is damaged by the presence of so many other viable pass-catchers, but he is still a strong option regardless. Williams is the team's primary deep threat, as he leads the NFL with 21.0 yards per reception. Then, underneath, Austin Ekeler is one of the league's premier pass-catching running backs, and Hunter Henry is an elite safety blanket at tight end. From top-to-bottom, this is one of the league's deepest passing attacks, and production gets spread around the unit just as much as any other offense. Minnesota's pass defense has defended the sixth-most pass attempts of any team in the NFL this season, but they have been up for the task, allowing just 5.9 net yards per attempt, the eighth-best mark in the league. The Vikings' pass defense is a well-rounded unit with one glaring weakness at cornerback. Along the defensive front, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen make up one of the league's best edge-rushing duos, combining for 20.5 sacks between the two of them. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks has grown into his role as one of the best all-around linebackers in the NFL. Kendricks leads the team in pass breakups this season, and his presence in the middle offers unparalleled stability for the Vikings. At safety, Anthony Harris ranks third in the NFL in interceptions, with four on the season, and he teams up with Harrison Smith to comprise one of the league's best pass-defending pairs at the back-end of this defense. Lastly, at cornerback, Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have struggled mightily this season. These two have regressed from previously impressive levels earlier in their respective careers, and they are the primary reason that the Vikings have allowed 6 opposing pass-catchers to surpass 100 receiving yards this season. Overall, this is a strong unit, but the glaring weak link on the outside leaves them susceptible, even when everyone else handles their respective business. The Chargers' offense is capable of winning this battle; however, they will have their work cut out for themselves, as Minnesota has done a great job limiting the overall damage this season aside from a handful of impressive individual performances.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Hunter Henry's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
Henry's stat line was salvaged by the touchdown, but for the second consecutive game he seemed to disappear for long stretches of time. His afternoon started with a floater down the sideline. He nearly made a circus catch with the diving attempt, but the ball popped loose as he hit the ground. Later in the half, he scored that aforementioned touchdown when a busted coverage by Jacksonville let him leak wide open down the field. He scampered up the field and then barreled into the end zone at the end for the score. Early in the second half, Henry had a chance for a big play with the Chargers at their own 16-yard line. It would have been at least a 25-30 yard reception and perhaps much more if Henry could have shaken the one tackler who was nearby. But he unfortunately let it just slip right through his fingertips. It appeared he took his eyes off it just for a moment. Late in the game, Virgil Green was the recipient of a scoring pass from Tyrod Taylor. Henry presumably would have still been in the game if the score had been a bit closer.
2019 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Henry came into the game having caught at least four passes in each game he played in this season. His first grab came early on, a short pass over the middle. But he didn't register his second catch until late in the fourth quarter with the clock winding down, and it was the extent of his involvement in the passing game.
2019 Week 11 vs KC (9 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Henry snagged a 16-yard floater on the first offensive play of the game. He tripped just as he hauled it in, otherwise it could have gone for 25+ yards easily. He picked up a strong grab over the middle later in the first half, showing excellent strength to hang on despite a defender all over him. Following the Keenan Allen touchdown in the second half, Henry got wide open along the back of the end zone for an easy two point conversion. Henry capped his evening with an awesome leaping grab along the sideline late. He showed full extension with the leaping/diving catch to turn in yet another solid fantasy performance since returning from injury.
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Henry wasn't quite as active as he has been in recent weeks, mostly thanks to a quiet second half. But he still managed to salvage his fantasy performance with a first half touchdown grab. After a busy second quarter, he capped a long drive by getting wide open in the back of the end zone for the 2-yard score. He later got wide open again on a crossing route for 13 yards that took the Chargers down to the 7-yard line. At times, he just appears almost uncoverable with his wide catch radius and size/speed mismatch for the defense. In the second half, he didn't light up the stat sheet but he did draw a long pass interference penalty down the seam midway through the fourth quarter when the defender simply ran into him. That's not to say Henry played flawlessly. On the opening possession, he slipped coming out of his break which directly led to an interception when the timing was disrupted. Before the next drive, he was seen changing his shoes on the sideline, and he had no further issues with footing after that point.
2019 Week 9 vs GB (10 / 7 / 84 / 0 rec)
Henry had yet another huge gain, and statistically at least it appears he has surpassed Keenan Allen as the team's top go-to option in the passing game. He made a terrific diving catch for his first reception of the game, getting away from the defender and snagging the perfect pass from Rivers to gain 19. None of Henry's other catches in the game went as far as that one, but most of them resulted in first downs. Henry was also looked to several times in the red zone, although none resulted in a score. On his first end zone target, he appeared to be contacted by a defender down the field but no call was made and the pass was way off-target. Henry was later open along the sideline, but Rivers overthrew it for an incompletion. Aside from those two, however, the two players were very much on the same page. Henry made a couple of key grabs over the middle, including one in the red zone that he took down inside the 5-yard line late in the game. He played a nearly flawless game, also helping out numerous times with some terrific run blocking which is what keeps him on the field in all scenarios. About Henry's only mistake of the game ended up not even being costly - he made a 13-yard catch over the middle and appeared to lose the ball as he was tackled. But the call was never challenged, and it was difficult to see if the ball came out prior to his knee touching the ground anyway.
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Like much of the Chargers passing game, Henry had a quiet first half but picked things up in the second half. He had a good opportunity to convert a third down pass along the sideline early on. It wouldn't have been a huge gain, but the ball was right there and he just outright dropped it. Henry's first reception didn't come until he made a short grab over the middle with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter. He grabbed another reception on the next play, but it was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty called against Henry. He more than made up for that penalty by hauling in yet another reception, this time a 20-yard gain to convert the first down after the penalty. With the Chargers driving, Henry snagged a bullet pass at the 2-yard line with a defender all over him, so there was really no chance to lean back in for the score. Finally, Henry caught a third down pass late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers trying to run out the clock. A first down would have all but ended the game and Henry made a tremendous effort to get there, twisting and spinning for the first down marker, but he came up just a foot short. Henry was very upset with himself after the play, although he made as strong an effort as he could have, perhaps because he didn't extend the football at the end of the play towards the first down marker. There was no harm, however, as the Chargers punted the ball away but the Bears missed the potential game-winning field goal as time expired.
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Henry's involvement in the offense was consistent and productive. His first catch of the game came on the second play of the game, a floater near the sideline that Henry laid out for. He got up and immediately headed to the sideline, but came back in a few plays later showing no ill effects. He saw regular targets throughout the rest of the game, culminating in back to back long targets to open a fourth quarter drive that got the Chargers into Tennessee territory. He showed nice concentration on one pass over his shoulder, and showed good strength on the other one when he caught a short pass over the middle and then dragged a few would-be tacklers past the sticks to pick up the first down.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 8 / 100 / 2 rec)
Henry getting a good gain on a catch down the seam to open the game was a harbinger of things to come. He was in charge in the middle of the field, getting open repeatedly and showing good timing with Philip Rivers on his routes. He came up with a third down conversion in the first half and was really the only part of the offense that was working early. He was able to make a beautiful toe tap to account for the first touchdown of the night and got open in the front of the end zone on the second, although both touchdowns came with the Steelers playing prevent defense. He should be an everyweek starter in fantasy leagues going forward.
2019 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Henry took awhile to get going, but made some noise late to somewhat make up for it. After his name wasn't even mentioned the entire first half, he finally made his first catch with 9:13 left to play in the third quarter. He soon after shook loose in the secondary for a big gain over the middle for 22 yards. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers had very little time to try and drive downfield for a potential game-winning field goal. Henry caught a short pass in the flat and was immediately hit on the knee (his surgically-repaired knee), got up off the ground, and limped to the sideline. While he was out, backup Virgil Green caught a short sideline pass. But Henry returned shortly thereafter, adding a key long catch in overtime to put the ball on the Indianapolis side of the field and help extend the drive. With wide receiver Mike Williams injuring his knee in the game, Henry's involvement could grow even more in the coming weeks.
Latest NewsChargers | Hunter Henry scores in win (Sun Dec 8, 10:03 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry caught two of his four targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in a 45-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. link to story Chargers | Hunter Henry shut down in Denver (Mon Dec 2, 01:17 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry had two receptions for 10 yards against the Denver Broncos in Week 13. link to story
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