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LA Chargers: How does Philip Rivers’ departure impact leading receivers?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers waves to the crowd against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers: Fourth leading receiver Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry has some questions regarding his health that fans would like answered in 2020. However, one thing everyone knows is that Henry has the talent to be a top-five (maybe seven) tight end in the league if he can stay on the field for all 16 games.

Last season, Henry put up 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns (doing so in only 12 games). While the top two tight ends in the league seem to be relatively undebatable, in a full season Henry could most certainly be in that third spot along with a few other tight ends who can compete with him.

Henry only dropped four passes in 2019 (which left him at a drop rate of 5.3 percent). Along with that, he possesses size comparable to the rest of the league’s best at the position. He most certainly would be a big target who any quarterback would love to have between the numbers, and with Rivers as his quarterback in 2019  it felt as if Henry was always making plays.

Along with Williams, Henry should be viewed as another candidate for an increase in red-zone scoring opportunities. Having receivers with mismatch size and elite skill can really help the team get back on track and eliminate the ridiculous amount of red-zone turnovers it dealt with last season.

Henry should be on track for a great fifth season (fourth seeing the field) en route to 76 catches for around 830 yards and eight touchdowns. He will also look to once again show his blocking skills (which may not have looked great last season) to help improve both the run game and protect the next Chargers quarterback.

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