Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is back for his first regular season game since 2016, and could find redemption in making up for past mistakes.
The Chargers are set to face the Indianapolis Colts in their home opener, a game many expect the home team to win since the opposing team is without Andrew Luck. However, this one should be close, and the current state of the Chargers’ offensive line will keep this a tight game. Potentially the team’s most important non-quarterback: Hunter Henry. And he could be looking to make up for a past mistake.
In 2016, the Chargers attempted to make a comeback on the road in Indianapolis, down just four points in the fourth quarter. The first play: An easy four yards to Tyrell Williams. The next: A false start by Henry, followed by a fumble by the tight end forced by a trailing defender. The Chargers would lose 22-26.
Today, No. 86 will play a number of roles, likely finding himself frequently blocking next to Sam Tevi or Trent Scott as well as running intermediate routes to give Philip Rivers an option to convert on third down.
It’s an opportunity for the young tight end to not only begin his bid for Comeback Player of the Year, but also make up for his mistake at Lucas Oil Stadium nearly three years ago.
Can one of the most underrated dual-threat tight ends in the NFL make himself a known commodity outside of Los Angeles once more? Henry may have to block more often than usual, but when he runs a route, expect him to be the favorite target of No. 17.