New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has always admired one particular player, and he talked about this to media members. It’s interesting to see Belichick talk about this mostly because he usually talks about the next opponents.
The brilliant coach has always been focused on Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry.
“Henry continues to be a complete and very good football player for them,” Belichick said. “Henry’s really been a great player, watched him pretty much his whole career. He started at Pulaski Academy down in Little Rock, Ark., played for coach (Kevin) Kelley down there, had a great career there, went to Arkansas. Had a great career at Arkansas, went to the Chargers and with (Virgil) Green out, he’s really played the Y role this year. And he’s shown good ability to block, catch, runs a variety of routes. He’s come back off of the injury and been a very productive player for them.”
Henry spent some time on the open market this offseason, but the Chargers used the franchise tag to keep him. He will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The Chargers may change this if they decide to place the franchise tag on Henry again.
Bill Belichick has always admired the player and his coach
Belichick has developed a nice relationship with Kelley. The latter avoids punting and opts to kick onside. Former Pats wideout Will Hastings and offensive lineman Jason King played with Kelley at Pulaski Academy.
“Coach Kelley’s probably the top high school coach in the country. He’s certainly been one of the top coaches in Arkansas high school football history. Followed him, he’s a little unconventional but he’s had great success and he’s had a lot of players come through there. We’ve had a couple other ones here. Henry’s probably one of the best ones. I have great respect for Coach Kelley and the program he runs and some of the creative things that he does. Watching him and following Hunter there. …
“Just saw him in Coach Kelley’s system, and they’ve had tremendous production there.”
Henry measures at 6 feet 5, 250 pounds. He has 48 catches for 502 yards with three touchdowns this season. The talented player has 184 catches for 2,211 yards with 20 touchdowns in four NFL years.
The player missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn ACL. However, he suited up for the Chargers’ divisional-round game against the New England Patriots in the postseason.