Former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry has the opportunity to develop under arguably the best tight end in NFL history for at least the first few years of his professional career. Henry has already made a good impression on his legendary teammate.
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates hasn’t known the rookie tight end long, but he’s already impressed with how Henry carries himself.
“His resumé in college speaks for itself,” Gates told the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken. “But when I walked in, from the first time of being around him, I could tell he’s a guy who studies in the classroom. The tunnel vision of wanting to be a great player in this league, he has that.”
Gates went so far as to describe Henry as a “phenomenal kid,” which is high praise for a player who will likely replace San Diego’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches.
The Chargers are hoping Henry can continue the lineage of outstanding tight ends in San Diego. His incredible production at Arkansas merited him as the top tight end in the 2016 draft class, and Henry is expected to translate that talent to the next level.
He couldn’t have asked for a better mentor.