LA Chargers: Five reasons to not re-sign Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry #86 of the LA Chargers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Hunter Henry #86 of the LA Chargers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

3. Hunter Henry’s inconsistent play in 2019

On paper, Henry has a good enough season in 2019, especially when you factor in the four missed games with the tibia plateau fracture. Henry would finish the year with 652 yards, five touchdowns, and 55 receptions. That reception total was the highest in his career by about 10.

Consistency was somewhat hard to come by for Henry though. In the first six games of the season, Henry had 33 receptions for 418 yards and three touchdowns. That’s well over half of his production for the full year. In the last six games, Henry had 22 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

The back half of the season was a struggle for Henry in general, as he failed to have one 70+ yard game in that stretch. After Henry’s first five or so games, he was just so inconsistent week to week in terms of what the team could expect out of him.

Kelce had just two games out of 16 last year where he had under 50 yards receiving, while Kittle recorded two games under 50 yards out of 14 played. Seven out of the 12 games that Henry played resulted in performances under 50 yards. He simply doesn’t have elite consistency in terms of what you’re getting out of him from week to week.

Perhaps Henry shows off better consistency in 2020 with two quarterbacks who could rely on tight ends a little more often than Philip Rivers did, but it needs to be seen first. The team wasn’t exactly loaded with offensive weapons outside of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler, and Henry still failed to produce in quite a few games.

The Chiefs are loaded with options on offense and Kelce was still able to have significantly more consistency and production over the course of the season than Henry.