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In depth look at Hunter Henry’s opportunity for a breakout year

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Hunter Henry
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Hunter Henry
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 08: Dontrelle Inman #15, Hunter Henry #86 and Spencer Pulley #73 of the Los Angeles Chargers link arms during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before their game against New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 08: Dontrelle Inman #15, Hunter Henry #86 and Spencer Pulley #73 of the Los Angeles Chargers link arms during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before their game against New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Tyrell Williams provided the Chargers with tremendous value and production, but his departure gives Hunter Henry the opportunity to have a stellar season.

Tyrell Williams’ career with the Chargers was short but spectacular, beginning when the former undrafted free agent stepped up in a huge way while Keenan Allen was hurt three seasons ago and producing like someone on his way to becoming an elite deep threat in the NFL with 1,059 yards on on 69 catches with a yard per reception (YPR) average of 15.3, per Pro Football Reference. While somewhat inconsistent, Williams was a home-run threat and provided the Chargers with great depth, very capable of having the occasional big game when the team needed him. Not many other teams had the luxury of their third wide receiver being a guy like Williams, which is one of the reasons so many pundits lauded the depth and talent of the Chargers’ receiving core last season. He put together a dominant performance against the Cleveland Browns in what was a crucial road win last season. His departure opens up a big opportunity for someone to step up into the role as third wide receiver on the depth chart. How the team replaces his production remains to be seen. Mike Williams, fresh off his own outstanding second season, will take on a bigger role as the team’s second receiver. As for the team’s third wide receiver the options include veteran Travis Benjamin or the unproven Artavis Scott, Dylan Cantrell, and Geremy Davis. However, maybe the third option in the passing game doesn’t need to be filled by a traditional receiver: Why not tight end Hunter Henry?

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