There are plenty of former Razorbacks playing in the NFL, but one rookie is off to a fantastic start in his young professional career.
TE Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
Hunter Henry, a tight end for the San Diego Chargers, was the first tight end selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. The sure-handed target has played in all five of the Chargers’ games so far and has started in the last four of those games.
Because San Diego already has an elite tight end in veteran Antonio Gates, Henry found himself with only one catch over his first two games. After Gates went down with a nagging hamstring injury, Henry’s role in the offense increased and he’s flourished in his time on the field. His most recent game came against the Oakland Raiders, where he made a splash despite his team’s loss.
In the game, Henry caught three passes for 74 yards. More importantly, the tight end caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter that allowed his team to go up by eight points. The play came on a crossing route that allowed Henry to run free to the back of the end zone and have plenty of room to catch the ball. After the score, Henry took a moment to stare into the sea of Raiders fans who were booing at him.
The touchdown wasn’t the only big play Henry had on the day. The Little Rock native also hauled in a 59-yard reception which was good for the third-longest reception by a tight end this season. His 74 receiving yards were also good for third on the team.
On the season, Henry has been a force from the tight end position. He’s fifth among NFL tight ends in touchdowns with two, 11th in first down receptions with 11, seventh in yards per catch with 17.5 and tenth in yards with 227. A noteworthy stat about Henry’s receiving ability is that 84.6 percent of his receptions have gone for a first down, which leads all tight ends.
DE Trey Flowers, New England Patriots
On the other side of the country, New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball in his team’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Flowers had a solo tackle and an assisted tackle on the day, playing a key part in his unit allowing the Browns to score only 13 points.
WR Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings receiver Jarius Wright got his first action of the season and left his mark in a 31-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Wright had four receptions for 32 yards. His longest reception went for 11 yards and a first down.
The former Razorback star had not recorded a stat in any of his team’s games so far this season. He’s had a scoring drought for a while now, as his last touchdown came in the 2014 season. He’s scored at least two touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before falling into the funk. With the team’s addition of elite receivers, including former Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell in the offseason, Wright’s days in Minnesota could be in the balance.