#8.) Hunter Henry - 5 catches, 76 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Jerry Jones is a proud alumni of the University of Arkansas. So much so that he helped the Razorbacks put together an alternate jersey that easily resembled a red version of the Cowboy’s uniforms for their match-up against Texas A&M this past season which happened to take place at AT&T Stadium.
This fact probably didn’t sit well with Jones as he watched Hunter Henry, a former All-American with the Razorbacks, help demolish his team in a primetime match-up on Thanksgiving Day in the house that he built, himself.
Hunter Henry is the highest graded TE in the NFL through Week 14 pic.twitter.com/CioqqRNof1— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 14, 2017
From the very first play, Henry was making his presence felt. On 1st & 10, Henry and Antonio Gates were both lined up on the left side of the formation which created an overloaded look for the defense. Going against the grain, the Chargers decided to pass, calling a Smash-concept to the boundary.
Gates immediately released to the flat while Henry pressed linebacker Anthony Hitchens vertically before breaking on a corner-route to the sideline. The TE’s speed was too much as he was able to separate and make the catch in front of the safety who was coming over the top or a 17-yard gain.
His second splash-play came at the end of the first quarter with the Bolts at midfield. Lined up on the left side, the Bolts used an end-around motion from wideout Travis Benjamin to occupy the eyes of the secondary in order for Henry to come open on a deep crossing route behind the coverage. Rivers hit him in-stride for a 27-yard gain.
After two more catches of 7 and 22 yards, respectively, Henry used some outstanding basketball skills to get the Chargers their first score of the game.
At 6-foot-5 and 250-pounds, he used every inch of his massive frame to box out the defender for a 3-yard touchdown grab.
This was Henry’s final catch of the game but it was his biggest as it opened the floodgates to an offensive barrage that allowed the Bolts to walk away with a 28-6 victory and ignite the momentum that certainly helped the Chargers finish the regular season with a 9-3 record in their final 12 games.