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|A gigantic nine-touchdown season in 2021 had many fantasy managers hoping that we were seeing the beginnings of another trustworthy top-level fantasy TE1. That certainly didn't happen in 2022, though, as the Patriots' tight end caught just 41 passes for 509 yards and two scores. Part of the reason for his drop-off in production can be attributed to the unfortunate situation he was in with the Patriots needing help protecting their quarterbacks, which led to Henry being asked to block significantly more in 2022 than he did in previous seasons.
Things didn't really get much better throughout this offseason and with Jonnu Smith gone, it's reasonable to think that Henry may be asked to block even more now that their TE2 is notoriously terrible blocker Mike Gesicki.
It's hard to really be excited about anyone in this Patriots passing game, but the tight end position as a whole is ugly throughout the league. There's always a chance that Henry sneaks back into the low-end TE1 conversation due to a high touchdown efficiency, but that really shouldn't be relied upon and there are plenty of other tight ends who offer similar touchdown upside in much higher-powered offenses.
| Hunter Henry downgraded to Out
Patriots down starting tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Dec 23, 1:23 pm
|TE Hunter Henry (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday night’s game in Denver. It will be his first game missed as a Patriot. With Hunter Henry (knee) out, it thrusts Pharaoh Brown up the TE depth chart, with Mike Gesicki - whom Bill Belichick refers to as more of a receiver - also in that mix.
Could lead to Matt Sokol being elevated from practice squad.
Also, OT Conor McDermott (concussion) is out. (Mike Reiss on X)
FFToday's Take: The Patriots lose one of their key weapons on offense. Henry has scored 6 TDs this season which leads all receivers on the team. In his place, expect Mike Gesicki to fill the pass receiving void but won't be anything more than a TE2 given poor offensive environment.