Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Los Angeles Chargers in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
TE Hunter Henry
There’s certainly no shame in playing second fiddle to one of the all-time great players at a position. Of course, it may well be far too early if Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry belongs in the same orchestra pit as the great Antonio Gates.
But the 2016 second-round pick from the University of Arkansas conducted himself in a very positive way. As a rookie, he finished just sixth on the club with 36 receptions in his 15 outings. But that came with being targeted only 53 times. The former Razorbacks standout averaged 13.3 yards per grab and led the Bolts with eight touchdown catches. He and Gates (7) accounted for 15 of quarterback Philip Rivers’ 33 scoring connections this past season.
Of course Gates is now tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdown receptions (111) by a tight end in NFL history. He’s also entering his 15th NFL season. Rivers loves throwing to the tight end position, so Hunter Henry is sure to see a lot more passes head this way in 2017.