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LA Chargers: Top five players from the 2020 season

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5. Hunter Henry

There were two goals that I wanted Hunter Henry to strive for in 2020. First, the obvious one was to stay healthy in a contract year. Unfortunately, Henry contracted COVID-19 towards the end of the season, but he avoided any major football injuries.

The second key was becoming better as a blocker. We already knew that Henry was a top five receiving tight end when healthy. It was his blocking that had been previously lacking.

As a blocker, Henry performed nicely. He had his highest PFF run blocking grade since the 2017 season and on film, his pass blocking looked a lot better. Keep in mind that he had a lot of pressure on him as a blocker this year, especially when Virgil Green went down with an unfortunate leg injury vs. Jacksonville.

Henry was consistent in every game as a receiver. Other than Keenan Allen, it was clear that #86 was Justin Herbert‘s second primary target on a lot of plays. Had he not missed the final two games with COVID, he would’ve almost certainly eclipsed his single season yards mark. Henry finished just 39 yards short of a new personal receiving yards record.

Heading into the season, I was personally conflicted about a Henry contract extension. In 2020, Henry answered all of the questions about his game in really positive ways. He proved that he is vital to not just the Chargers’ offense, but also Herbert’s development.

Get the deal done, Spanos family.