New England Patriots: Hunter Henry and the ultimate revenge game

New England Patriots. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)
New England Patriots. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images) /

After signing big offseason deal with the New England Patriots, tight end Hunter Henry will be facing his former team in Week 8 which puts even more emphasis on his new team taking down the Los Angeles Chargers at Sofi Stadium.

As his defense prepares to take one the second-year stud in quarterback Justin Herbert, Henry has been just as beneficial to rookie quarterback Mac Jones as he was in Herbert’s rookie season.  The numbers don’t jump off the page, but the Patriots big tight end is coming into his own and has caught a touchdown in the last four games.

New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry trending up

With his best performance of the season coming in Week 6 against the Houston Texans in which he caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, expect a motivated Henry to at least match those numbers against his former team.

It will be bittersweet going up against his former teammates, but as Henry has adapted to the Patriot Way, he will do whatever it takes to help his team win.

"“They gave me an opportunity in this league, took a chance on me and drafted me,” Henry said, via “I’ll always have a lot of appreciation for them. Who knows where I’d be. I’m very thankful for the memories and the people I ran into there.”"

Though Hunter Henry battled some injuries during his first five years in the NFL, there was no doubt about his talent and capability when healthy.  In fact, he had a huge fan in Bill Belichick and given the team’s need for a tight end, it was the perfect match when Henry became a free agent.

It took a while, but it looks like Henry is finally starting to take off in the Patriots’ offense as a reliable target for Mac Jones.  His niche in the offense should define itself even further when fellow tight end Jonnu Smith starts to roll in the offense as well.

As far as getting revenge on his former team, there is no ill will, but it would be sweet revenge if Henry and this Patriots’ offense keep it rolling and come out of this Week 8 matchup with a victory.

"“We kind of exploded last week. We executed at a high level against a good defense that throws different looks at you and has a tough front,” Henry continued. “We were really balanced, and that was a big thing that we were proud of. Our pass game and our run game complemented each other, so we have to continue that and continue to get better at that.”"

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If the New England Patriots offense can keep that up, the team should be in good position to win, which would be satisfying for the big tight end.

Ultimately, it would be even more satisfying for Hunter Henry if he extended his touchdown streak to five games against his former team and look like the tight end he was with the Chargers in the process.