The New England Patriots made a big splash in free agency. Head coach Bill Belichick signed a lot of great guys, including a couple of star tight ends. Hunter Henry is more than excited about the upcoming season and he even shared the new jersey number he will be wearing with the Patriots.
Henry didn’t take advantage of the league’s relaxed jersey number rules. However, he will wear some fresh numbers for the Patriots in 2021.
The veteran took to his Instagram account to reveal his number. Henry will be wearing No.85 in his first season with the Patriots.
Henry wore No. 86 in his five seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. This number belongs to second-year tight end Devin Asiasi. Ryan Izzo had No. 85 in 2020 and he is now part of the Houston Texans.
The Patriots offered Henry a three-year deal worth $37.5 million in March. He and Jonnu Smith will attend the TE University summit organized by George Kittle, Travis Kelce, and Greg Olsen.
New England hopes the addition of Henry and Smith will boost the position group that ranked among the worst in the league since Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. The Patriots ranked last in the NFL in receptions by tight ends in each of the last two seasons. Players totaled 37 in 2019 and 18 in 2020. Oh, yes, Gronkowski came out of his retirement to join Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs won the Super Bowl in 2020.
Henry surpassed both of these totals combined on his last season. He had 60 catches for 613 yards and six touchdowns in his final year as a Chargers player. Smith had a 41-448-8 line with the Tennessee Titans in 2020.
Belichick has Asiasi, Dalton Keene, and Matt LaCossee on the current tight end depth chart.
Things look really good for the Patriots at the moment and they are looking forward to repeating the success they had in 2018. Brady is no longer part of the team and he will come in Week 4 to challenge his former coach.
The Patriots have a strong roster heading into 2021 and we can’t even imagine the final outcome. Game on!