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Tight End, Los Angeles Chargers

Hunter Henry: Biography at a Glance

  • Earned All-Rookie honors from the Professional Football Writers of America in 2016.
  • Started 13 of 14 games played in 2017, setting career highs with 45 receptions and 579 receiving yards (12.9 avg.) while hauling in four touchdowns.
  • Moved into sole possession of 12th in team annals among TEs with 1,057 career receiving yards.
  • Led all rookie TEs with 478 receiving yards while tying for a league-leading eight touchdown catches among TEs in 2016.
Tight End, Los Angeles Chargers

2017: Appeared in 14 games with 13 starts, posting 45 receptions for 579 yards (12.9 avg.) and four TDs, marking career highs for catches and receiving yards in a single season…Saw action on 23 special teams plays…Reached 81 career receptions, moving into sole possession of 13th in franchise history among TEs…Moved into sole possession of 12th in team annals among TEs with 1,057 career receiving yards…Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 19 with a season-ending kidney injury…Awards: Pro Football Focus Second-Team All-Pro…at Denver (Sept. 11): Saw time on 23 offensive snaps at TE…vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Opened the game at TE, playing 33 snaps on offense…Hauled in a career-high seven receptions for 80 yards (11.4 avg.)…Five of the receptions went for 10-plus yards…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Made his second-consecutive start at TE, appearing on 41 offensive snaps…Had a key downfield block on an 11-yard TD run by RB Melvin Gordon in the first quarter…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Started at TE and played 35 offensive snaps…Reached 45 career receptions, posting two catches for 16 yards (8.0 avg.) and a TD…Initially was ruled out of bounds on the TD, but the call was overturned after a Los Angeles challenge…Beat S Malcolm Jenkins on a seam-route and got both feet down in-bounds in the back of the end zone on the one-handed catch…It marked the ninth TD catch of his career and his first of the season…Had a key block of Jenkins on a fourth quarter TD run by RB Austin Ekeler…at New York Giants (Oct. 8):Hauled in three catches for 42 yards (14.0 avg.) and a TD, seeing action on 59 offensive snaps…The 25-yard score gave the Chargers a one-point lead late in the third quarter…On the play, lined up on the right side of the formation and ran a post-pattern, getting behind three New York defenders before corralling the pass for a score…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Posted five receptions for a career-high 90 yards (18.0)…Started at TE, appearing on 54 offensive snaps…Surpassed 50 career receptions and 700 career receiving yards…Hauled in two catches of 20-plus yards in the first three plays of the final game-winning drive…On the first play of the drive, got behind the coverage of S Karl Joseph for a 34-yard gain…Two plays later, settled between two defenders along the right sideline for a 23-yard gain to the Oakland 33-yard line…Four-of-five receptions went for first downs…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Started at TE, seeing action on 47 plays on offense…Registered four catches for 73 yards (18.3 avg.)…After catching a play-action pass in the right flat, broke Denver tackles to bring the ball to the Denver 11-yard line for a 34-yard catch-and-run on the team’s first offensive play…In the fourth quarter, converted a third-and-11 with a 13-yard reception from QB Philip Rivers on a hitch-route in front of S Will Parks…at New England (Oct. 29): Hauled in two catches for 11 yards (5.5 avg.) on 35 offensive plays…Made downfield blocks of S Devin McCourty and S Duron Harmon to spring Melvin Gordon free for a franchise-record 87-yard TD run in the first quarter…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started as the second TE, posting a seven-yard reception on 45 offensive snaps…The catch marked No. 60 of his career, putting him in sole possession of 15th place in franchise history among TEs…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Opened the game at TE, seeing action on 44 plays on offense…Hauled in two passes for 25 yards (12.5 avg.), bringing his career total to 822 receiving yards to pass TE Pettis Norman (820) for 15th in team history among TEs…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Started the 20th game of his career at TE, playing 52 snaps on offense…Finished with five catches for 76 yards (15.2 avg.)…Hauled in a deep crossing-route for 26 yards in the first quarter and converted a third-and-four in the second quarter for a 22-yard gain on a crossing pattern…Posted up in front of S Byron Jones in the end zone for a three-yard TD catch in the third quarter…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Tied a career high with seven receptions, posting 81 receiving yards (11.6 avg.)…Eclipsed totals in receptions and receiving yards in a single season from his rookie season in 2016…Passed TE Mikhael Ricks (914) and TE Alfred Pupunu (966) to move into a tie with TE Derrick Walker for 12th in receiving yards among TEs in team history with 979…In the first quarter, was knocked to the ground when running a route, but picked himself off the turf as Philip Rivers rolled to his right and hauled in a 12-yard gain for a first down…In the third quarter, ran a go-route after lining up split wide to the left, bringing in a pass for 25 yards to surpass his previous career high for receiving yards in a season…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Started as the second TE, totaling 42 snaps on offense and one on special teams…Finished with four receptions for 50 yards (12.5 avg.) and a TD, marking his fourth of the season…In the first quarter, ran a dig-route and hauled in a 14-yard gain despite defensive pass interference by CB Bashaud Breeland…Later in the first quarter, ran a crossing-route in the back of the end zone before gaining separation from S Deshazor Everett for an eight-yard TD catch…Passed Derrick Walker (979) for sole possession of 12th in receiving yards by a TE in team history, closing the game with 1,029…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Started at TE, playing 38 offensive snaps…Finished with three catches for 28 yards (9.3 avg.) before departing due to a season-ending kidney injury.

 

2016: Named All-Rookie by the Professional Football Writers of America…Started 10 games and appeared in 15, catching 36 passes for 478 yards (13.3 avg.) and eight TDs…Awards: Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie…Pro Football Journal First-Team All-Rookie…Mel Kiper First-Team All-Rookie…at Kansas City (Sept. 11): Made his NFL debut and recorded the first catch of his career, a 20-yard grab on first down…vs. Jacksonville (Sept. 18): Opened the game at TE for the first start of his career…vs. New Orleans (Oct. 2): Posted the first TD catch of his career, a 20-yarder in the first quarter…at Oakland (Oct. 9): Registered a career-long 59-yard catch to help set up a TD, marking the longest reception by a Chargers TE since 2013…One series later, snagged a one-yard TD…vs. Denver (Oct. 13): Registered team highs with six catches for 83 yards (13.8 avg.), including a five-yard TD catch…Set up his own score when, two plays earlier, caught a 27-yard pass on second-and-14 to get to the Denver five-yard line…vs. Tennessee (Nov. 6): Inactive (knee)…vs. Miami (Nov. 13)…Hauled in a seven-yard score on third-and-goal in the third quarter…at Houston (Nov. 27): Caught a pair of passes for 20 yards (10.0 avg.), including a 12-yard TD in the fourth quarter…at Carolina (Dec. 11): Posted two catches for 13 yards (6.5 avg.) and a TD…Hauled in the nine-yard score on third-and-goal…vs. Oakland (Dec. 18): Posted a seven-yard TD catch, finishing the afternoon with the TD and 37 receiving yards on three receptions (12.3 avg.)…vs. Kansas City (Jan. 1): Registered four catches for 43 yards (10.8 avg.), including a 12-yard TD catch.

 

COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2013-15) at Arkansas, finishing his career with 116 catches for 1,661 yards (14.3 avg.) and nine TDs…Became one of just eight TEs in Southeastern Conference history to total 100-plus career receptions in the conference…93 of his career receptions converted for first downs or scores…Earned first-team All-America and All-SEC accolades, including from The Associated Press, as a senior in 2015, leading all Football Bowl Subdivision TEs with 739 receiving yards and three TDs on 51 catches (14.5 avg.)…His performance as a senior resulted in him being named the John Mackey Award winner, which is given annually to the most outstanding TE in college football…Did not record a dropped pass and did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry in 2015…Named second-team All-SEC as a sophomore in 2014…Placed on the Mackey Award Watch list as a true freshman in 2013…Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team while earning Freshman All-America and second-team All-SEC honors in 2013.

 

PERSONAL: Given name Hunter Henry…Born in Little Rock, Ark. …Married his wife, Parker, this offseason…Followed in the footsteps of his father, Mark, who played C at Arkansas from 1988-91…Has a younger brother, Hayden, who plays LB for the Razorbacks and is entering his sophomore year at Arkansas…His youngest brother, Hudson, plays high school football at his alma mater, Pulaski Academy, and has received scholarship offers from multiple Power 5 schools…Studied finance at Arkansas…High School: Earned first-team All-America honors following his senior season at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. …Was a team captain for the Under Armour All-America Game after finishing his senior year with 107 receptions for 1,449 yards (13.5 avg.) and 15 TDs…Helped lead the Bruins to the 5A state semifinals as a senior…Paced Pulaski as a junior with 16 TD catches and 1,093 receiving yards on 64 catches (17.1 avg.) to a 14-0 record and a 4A state title…As a sophomore, helped the team to the state championship game, totaling 45 receptions for 748 yards (16.6 avg.) and 10 TDs.

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