Patriots’ Hunter Henry gets recognition among ESPN’s preseason top-10 lists
ESPN came out with a series of articles, each of them ranking the top 10 players at each position, excluding special teams. Of the entire New England Patriots team, Hunter Henry was the only player on any of these lists, ranked as the 10th-best tight end.
The people ranking the players is anonymous executives, coaches, scouts and players from around the NFL, showing how the rest of the league views the Patriots roster. Henry had solid success last season. He caught 50 passes for 603 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns in a middling offense.
What makes Henry being the one player ranked in the top 10 in his position more alarming is the fact that no team has less cap space than New England, who’s also the fourth-oldest team in the league.
This doesn’t mean the Patriots have nothing going for them. Quarterback Mac Jones showed promise as a rookie, as did defensive tackle Christian Barmore and others scattered amongst the roster, like linebacker Matthew Judon, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, and safety Kyle Dugger. Bill Belichick can’t ever be ruled out, but there currently isn’t much pedigree currently on an older, expensive roster.