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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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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to a huddle during the game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hunter Henry
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to a huddle during the game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry: Red zone production

Perhaps the greatest value Henry will present to the Chargers this year will be red zone versatility. Allen, Williams, Henry, Gordon, and Austin Ekeler are all healthy this year. They have all proven themselves as valuable red zone weapons. Even if you swap Virgil Green or Travis Benjamin in for one of those players, there is the potential for this to be an elite red zone offense. In this clip, the Chargers have Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Henry up top and Allen with Ekeler split out next to him on the bottom part of the screen. The initial read is for Allen to the corner, the next option being Ekeler underneath. Henry faces an initial double team but manages to gain a positional advantage for the touchdown reception. Henry adds that extra dimension the team was missing last season in order to have an elite red zone offense. If the opposing defenses focus in on Allen or Williams, Henry should have plenty of easy end zone opportunities. The possibilities with this offense are endless. In the past, Henry was the number nine tight end for red zone targets in 2016 and fourteenth in 2017. Should he stay healthy all season, he could very well move up into the 5-8 range in targets among tight ends.

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