LA Chargers: The 10 best players entering the 2020 season

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10. TE Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry is staying with the LA Chargers in 2020 on the franchise tag. Whether he gets a long term deal is probably going to be based heavily on his season this year. Henry was one of Rivers’ favorite targets in 2019 and for good reason.

He can still go up for jump balls and handles whatever the quarterbacks throws his way. Henry had almost the same catching percentage in 2017 but had a higher volume in the passing game in 2019 with almost 100 more yards receiving.

The issue with Henry is his health. If not for missing games over the last few years, he’d probably be higher on the list. In 2019, Henry missed four games a fracture in his knee. That comes after missing all of 2018 with an unfortunate ACL tear. Going into what is effectively a contract year in 2020, the Chargers would like to see their star tight end play a full season healthy before giving him a long term extension.

All that being said, Henry is still one of the NFL’s elite tight ends. He’s up there in the tier with guys like Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. He still can get at least 50 yards and a touchdown on a per-game basis with ease.

One improvement that was evident in Henry’s 2019 season was his blocking. The Chargers obviously have always trusted him in pass protection and run blocking, but there may be even more reason to now with the departure of Derek Watt to Pittsburgh.