players, not a household name.
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Hello, I'm Lourdes Owen.
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So big situation going on with the US Chargers.
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What? Do you know what? Anyhow, So hunter Henry is not expecting any kind of a long term extension from the Chargers? No.
The tight end has signed his tender $10.
6 million franchise tender, and he's not expecting an extension.
I don't think anything will get done, but we'll see is what he said.
But I'm not worried about it.
I'm just gonna go out there.
I want to get a chance to play this year. Do my thing.
I'm pretty locked in on what I got ahead of me in 2020 and that's what I'm locked in for.
You know, I don't really want to look too far ahead.
The hunter Henry is actually a pretty solid tied in when healthy, but that's the problem, right? The problem is, is when he's healthy.
Well, it is rookie year.
He did pretty good.
He has targeted 53 times, 36 receptions.
3 yards a reception? Um, not bad.
68% catch percentage.
A little low, but eight touchdowns.
He was a big time receiver.
Played 15 games his rookie season.
Then, in the sop****re season in 2017 things started looking up.
He got a little bit more targets, had 62 targets, caught 45 of 580 yards less touchdowns, but a much higher catch percentage at over 72%.
But that 2017 year was cut short due to a kidney laceration, and he was only able to play 14 games.
He was expected toe.
Have his break out season.
T a s happens, and he tears his a c l missing the entire 2018 season.
Last year, he came out with a bang.
His 1st 12 games of the season, he had 76 targets, 55 catches, 650 yards, five touchdowns, 72.
5% catch percentage and that's just in 12 games.
But then me injuries, knee injuries derailed him.
What happened? He missed so many games in just his 1st 4 seasons.
You missed one his rookie year to his sop****re year, 16 16 his junior year.
And then last year he missed four.
That's 23 games that he's missed in four years.
So the question is, can he be trusted to be, ah, full time, reliable, tied in healthy.
And that's what the 2020 season is listed for.
This is a prove it year for Hunter Henry.
No, he waas last year, one of Philip Rivers favorite targets while he was on the field, Philip Rivers went to him over and over and over, and he was a very good receiver in that aspect.
Like I said, 72% catch percentages.
That's pretty darn high.
Um, but here's here's a big deal that you want to think about.
He drops about one in 20 passes to him.
That's not that.
Last year he dropped three or four passes last season, four actually 5.
3 dropped percentage.
He dropped four out of 76 targets, which isn't terrible for a tied in and he's catching the ball nine yards before the ball travels in the year nine yards before he even catches the darn thing.
Which means he's able to get downfield somewhat as a tied in to catch the football.
He's very much like a Jack Doyle, very good blocking, tied in with very good hands, a little bit more athletic and much younger than Jack Doyle.
But if he could stay healthy that he could end up being a very good, reliable tied in because of the franchise tag.
He's actually the highest paid tight end in the NFL this season.
When it comes to how much he's making for the 2020 season, he's being paid the most, which is unreal.
I can't believe that that's actually happening.
Um, he was a first round pick, which is why such a high tender, however, they had to do something.
They weren't going to give him an extension when he's been when he's missed 23 games in four seasons, so they just franchise tagged him and decided, You know what we'll see.
See if you can't be healthy and continue to play now, will his numbers drop? Will his numbers drop because he doesn't have Philip Rivers throwing him the football anymore.
He's gonna have Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert.
I mean, depending upon who wins this.
Everyone saying Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback one.
But what if he thinks in the preseason and in camp one of the you know just really doesn't do well the first couple weeks, we'll have Justin Herbert throwing the football.
I think Herbert is more of a tied in friendly quarterback than Tyrod Taylor when it comes to delivering the football.
Um, it's obvious I'm not much of a fan of Tyrod.
But then again, I don't think Herbert is that much better.
I can't believe that they have Justin Herbert, the sixth overall pick of this past year's draft, and he's sitting behind Tyrod Taylor.
Really? Some don't add up here.
To me, that sounds like to mediocre quarterbacks on a team where you higher Tyrod Taylor and then spend a high draft pick on Justin Herbert and got rid of Philip Rivers just because he had 20 interceptions last year.
Why would you do that when you know for a fact that every time Philip Rivers has had ah, 18 to 20 interception season the very next year is a pro bull year.
Absolutely balls out every year after he does that, well, we're gonna find out now.
Austin Ecker will probably take some of those receptions away from Hunter Henry because just that's just the way it's it's been happening now.
Then again, Like I said, Philip Rivers ain't there may be Tyrod Taylor, Justin Herbert.
Don't use the running back out of the backfield nearer as much.
Austin Heckler, however, has shown that he can receive the football ala back feel and make things happen.
Mike Williams, Keenan Allen.
Those are your only other two riel receivers on here, and the offensive line is not pretty.
They pick up Mike Pouncey, and that's about it.
Sam Tevye, Dan Feeney, Trey Turner, Bryan Bulaga.
I'm not exactly overly ecstatic about this offensive line, and Hunter Henry is going to be needed to be held back to help pass block for Tyrod or Justin.
Whoever is at that quarterback position, which means if he's got to be held back to pass block, he's not going to be out on the field for receptions.
He might be able to block for a moment.
And then when the quarterback doesn't get rid of the football releases block run out, turn around real quick for a quick curl for, ah, quick dump off, UM, safety blanket type reception to get his quarterback out of trouble.
Hunter seems as though he's that type of tied in that would be able to recognize situations such as that and go with it.
What I would like to show you is why Hunter what Hunter Hendry is like when he is an absolute good health and its quarterback.
Let's go back to last year.
Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, shall we Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was third and long, and Philip Rivers had toe have a reception in order to keep the drive alive.
He not only turned a Hunter Henry, but he turned a hunter Henry, and there was, like four defenders around him.
Let's take a look at this play here.
What we have as you could see wide receivers in motion.
You got Hunter Henry sitting up here on top.
He is actually the outside receiver.
Rivers has a running back beside him in Austin Hackler.
You're at three receivers here.
He steps up, calls up some protection real quick.
Look at how many people are around now.
At this point, when Rivers throws the football, look where he's don't.
There are 1234 guys around Hunter Henry.
Four guys around him.
This is a point where Henry has to show athleticism, reach up and attack the football at its highest point.
Oh, my goodness.
Knowing all those guys were around him.
He ghouls up, catches it, brings it down, knowing he's gonna take punishment coming down after the reception.
This is unbelievable.
Catches the football.
Safety's coming up hard on him.
Cornerback, linebacker, Right up underneath.
Actually, it looks like two linebackers up right up underneath.
He catches that in the midst of all this.
Traffic gets hit, lays out bail crushed, able to hold onto the football comes down.
What a reception by Hunter Henry.
What a reception.
Now what brings that toe? Why I bring that up is why Why would anyone question Hunter Henry's abilities? I just showed what he could actually do gave with the Dolphins.
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Thanks for joining here on SportsCastr Henry has great athleticism, great hands, and he can block, but it's plays like that.
That is the reason why Hunter Henry has been getting hurt, at least on the field.
As you've seen, he sacrifices his body.
He puts his body out there to make sure he comes down with the ball.
He needs a quarterback, and there was no one else on that field right there that was open.
He had to throw it.
He needed the first down.
He trusted Henry to come down with the football over Williams right over Alan, That's gotta say something.
But when you put guys especially a tied in in a situation where Eve getting level by two safeties and a linebacker at the point of the catch, that's expected to get hurt.
We want to see less of this.
We want to Seymour Open receptions, got where he's on the move, and there ain't very many people around him at the time of the catch.
His film is loaded with receptions over his career, where he's able to find or get open on Manda Man and or in zone coverage.
I think that Hunter Henry, if he can stay healthy, absolutely will go under a big contract next season.
But will it be with the Chargers? That's the question, because, quite frankly, like I said, I don't believe the Chargers.
Their defense is very good.
Their defense is solid.
Casey Hayward, Derwin James, Chris Harris Jr.
Denzel Perryman, Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa.
They've got Jerry Tillery.
They've got guys there who can make place and do things and a defense that can help.
But the problem is their offense.
I really don't think is there not because simple fat.
I don't believe the offensive line or the quarterback position is good enough to keep them in contention with the improved Raiders.
I don't think they're there for the improved Denver Broncos, and they're definitely not there for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
So we may actually see a little bit of turnover this upcoming season.
Will Hunter Henry, at the end of this season, still be with the Chargers? Who knows? But I'll guarantee you, if he's able to stay healthy, he will garner a large anywhere between eight and $12 million a year for a tight end that if we have a season this season and if the salary cap isn't hit from the loss of seats in the stadiums this upcoming season because from what it's looking like, most NFL stadiums are cutting their seating down to 1/4 total capacity, which is going to help hurt the overall cap hit in 2021.
So what do you guys think? What do you think about Hunter Henry? Do you think he's a top in tight end? I believe so.
I believe he absolutely is.
He's in all around tied, and I think he's very similar to Kittel.
Not quite as athletic is Kittle, but I think that he's got enough athleticism to make him dangerous in the passing game and yet still able to make the blocks.
I think Hunter Henry would be an absolute beast on New England or Indianapolis.
I would love to see Hunter Henry be picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
I don't think the Colts would spend 8 to $12 million on a tied in, but there's a good possibility New England might and they needing someone because they had had no one tight end since Rob Gronkowski left since he retired and then UN retired to be with Tom Brady over in Tampa Bay.
I hope that Henry turns out to be what I think he could be, because that's absolutely what I thought he could be when he came out in the draft those four years ago, he's everything I thought he was.
He's just had injury issues Now.
I'm glad to know that the 2018 tourney A.
C L did not affect him too much.
He did have me injuries, though last season which kept him out of a few games.
Will that continue toe linger with him? I doubt he's had all offseason to get that knee healthy and move on from that.
I believe now he finally in his full NFL health.
I think that he understands the energies up to speed with the NFL now.
He showed that last year in the 12 games that he played and I believe that he will absolutely blow up as long as he stays healthy and Tyrod Taylor actually targets him and he's not looking too far downfield at the wide receivers which will most likely be the guys that are covered all the time.
Hunter Henry is great at finding the open spots, and when he has an average in air reception of about nine yards a catch, that means every time he catches the football, it's almost a first down.
I don't see a problem throwing him the football.
I really don't because he catches.
It turns in this fall. Four.
Get the first down every time you throw in the football feed.
The Chargers best bet for winning this season is feeding now.
Don't force feed him like that clip I showed earlier where Rivers just had to trust in his best.
His best handed receiver with was Hunter Henry last season and threw it at him with five guys around him.
Obviously, he showed that he could do it, But that's not something that you want.
Oh, a tent on a consistent basis.
Rivers put that bowl in a perfect place for Henry to catch it, and no one around him, other than the person behind him, could catch it.
As long as Henry was able to go up at its highest point and come down with the football and Rivers was able to fully trust and Henry's ability to do that.
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