News: 5 days agoHenry was on the field for 54 of a possible 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Meanwhile, Jonnu Smith logged 55 snaps, as the Patriots predictably featured their share of two-TE sets Week 1. In the process, Henry hauled in all three of his targets for 31 yards, while Smith ended up catching all five of his targets for 42 yards, while fumbling once (recovered). As long as both players are available, their weekly target volume will fluctuate, but on the plus side the duo does seem destined for steady playing time this season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Henry signed with New England after five seasons with the Chargers. The 2016 second-round pick is coming off back-to-back top-12 fantasy campaigns despite missing six games during the stretch. Durability has been a major problem area for Henry, as he's yet to manage a 16-game season in his career. Henry finished eighth among TEs in targets and receptions last season, but his volume is likely to decrease this season with Jonnu Smith also on the depth chart. Whereas Smith is a short-area/RAC weapon, Henry has done a lot of his damage downfield, so perhaps he'll hit for the occasional big play. Of course, considering the Patriots' run-heavy scheme and how rare it is for one team to produce two fantasy relevant TEs, Henry will be hard to trust as anything more than a mid-to-back-end TE2.