Although it took six weeks, Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has found a rhythm as a consistent receiving threat for quarterback Philip Rivers. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Henry’s lack of touches through the first quarter of the season was a point of frustration during the team’s 0-4 start. “People can take him away, too,” Lynn said. “Sometimes you have to take what the defense gives you. If they give you Hunter early, we’ll take Hunter early. We got to Hunter when we needed to and he made plays.” Henry was not targeted in two of the first three games and had seven catches for 80 receiving yards in the other game, a Week 2 loss to Miami. In the past three games, Henry has been targeted 18 times, finishing with 10 receptions for 148 yards and two scores. With Antonio Gates looking to break the NFL’s all-time touchdown receiving record for tight ends, there was a focus was on getting him the ball early in the season. Now that he has the record, Henry has played more snaps than Gates in the last two weeks (100 snaps for Henry, 75 for Gates). “I felt like I put a lot of work in all of our practices and games, and last year,” Henry said. “I knew it was coming. I knew I had to show up and continue to put up the work.” In Sunday's victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Chargers used three-tight end sets on 16 snaps, which helped define the matchups Rivers wanted for Henry in the passing game.
Hunter Henry finally emerging as go-to guy in Chargers' offense
ESPN | Oct 19