It was not clear at the start of the season which of the Patriots’ high-profile tight end signings–Henry or Jonnu Smith–would be more productive, but Henry ran away with the competition, catching more passes (50 to 28) for more yards (603 to 294) and way more touchdowns (9 to 1). He led the Patriots in red zone targets (17), which was good enough to be tied for 20th in the league (all positions) and seventh among tight ends. I would expect a similar, red zone-heavy role for Henry in Mac Jones’ second season.
Bourne has been New England's WR2 this season and Smith has only seen smatterings of production behind Henry. Henry is headed back to where he played his entire career and should be one of Mac Jones's favorite targets.
Don't look now, but Hunter Henry is starting to heat up a bit. Over the last two weeks, Henry has been able to find his way into the end zone and Sunday's win proved to be the best statistical outing of his Patriots career.
Numbers-wise, Henry was targeted by Mac Jones a team-high eight times and hauled in six receptions for 75 yards, which included a 13-yard touchdown that evened the score up at 22. While it has taken Henry some time to truly be an impactful piece in this New England offense, he has been a reliable outlet for Jones from the jump, catching 20 of his 26 targets on the year. This combination should only get stronger as the season goes along and both players get more comfortable within the offense, the story went on to say.
Sep 17, 2021 · 6:32 PM EDT
Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 2. The limited reps on Friday (after the downgrade on Thursday) indicate that he'll be able to play in Week 2. If he were out, Hunter Henry would get a bump.