4 Patriots Still on Thin Ice After Their Bye Week

Patriots fans are desperate for their team to show signs of life, which is why these individuals must figure out how to get off thin ice during the bye week.
Head coach Bill Belichick is one of four Patriots on thin ice after their Week 11 bye.
Head coach Bill Belichick is one of four Patriots on thin ice after their Week 11 bye. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Hunter Henry, TE

It felt like yesterday when Hunter Henry became a New England fan favorite when he joined the organization in 2021 on a three-year, $37.5 million contract. He was one of the top weapons in Mac Jones' rookie campaign, finishing with 50 catches for 603 receiving yards and a team-high 9 TDs.

But despite playing all 17 games last season, Henry didn't have the same impact. His numbers were down across the board, resulting in a 41-509-2 stat line. But that wasn't a major issue seeing as how the majority of the Pats' offense struggled, leaving fans hopeful that the veteran TE could bounce back this fall.

But here we are in November and Henry sure doesn't seem like someone worth the $15.5 million salary cap hit. While he's on pace for more receptions than last year and has already surpassed his 2022 TD total with 3 thus far, he's projected to finish with nearly the same amount of yards (507) if he doesn't miss a game.

Henry just hasn't been the most reliable target. His 2 drops are just one fewer than last year and his fumble in Week 10 marks his first since the 2019 season. Furthermore, he's finished three of his last six games with a sub-50.0 PFF pass grade.

Slated to become a free agent in the offseason, Henry must find another gear if he hopes to get paid again.

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