Hunter Henry on New England Patriots’ culture: ‘It fits me really well’


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The primary time tight finish Hunter Henry answered questions from reporters as a member of the New England Patriots, he was within the entrance seat of his automobile, a white hat flipped backward on his head.

He had simply completed a casual March throwing session with some new teammates in California, and the setting had a West Coast chill vibe to it. Then on Thursday, in Henry’s second assembly with reporters, he had a black lid flipped backward on his head, and one might need thought he had simply returned from a day on the seashore.

Do not let the informal notion idiot you.

Henry, a 2016 second-round draft decide who spent the primary 5 years of his professional profession with the Los Angeles Chargers, is having fun with the grind of immersing himself into the Patriots’ approach of doing issues.

“I get pleasure from this tradition. I believe it matches me rather well, and I am excited to only embrace myself in it and actually simply be a whole Patriot and what it means,” he stated final week after finishing the crew’s third voluntary organized crew exercise.

“It is simply such a successful tradition. There is a custom right here. There is a excessive stage of expectation. So, I believe a variety of us, together with myself, are very enthusiastic about attempting to raise ourselves to fulfill these expectations and this tradition.”

Henry was onerous to overlook throughout Thursday’s observe, together with his dimension (6-foot-5, 250 kilos) and gentle arms catching the soccer on show. The Patriots hope pairing him with Jonnu Smith will deliver the two-tight finish set again to prominence of their assault. Smith wasn’t current final week for voluntary practices after changing into a brand new dad.

The Patriots’ historical past of success with a number of tight ends was a part of the explanation Henry signed a three-year, $37.5 million cope with the crew, simply at some point after Smith landed a four-year, $50 million pact.

In doing so, Henry, who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended the College of Arkansas, dedicated to spend the offseason in Foxborough.

“I’ve actually loved my time these previous two months, month and a half, I have been right here — the ability, the fellows, all the pieces that we’re doing right here. Excited to proceed to maintain constructing,” he stated.

“This time of yr I actually actually get pleasure from, as a result of you’ll be able to form of sluggish issues down a bit bit. It is beginning to decide up as we go, however we slowly construct as we get going. This time is large.”

Henry, who will put on No. 85 partially to honor his former Chargers teammate Antonio Gates, stated a part of that’s constructing chemistry off the sector, particularly with so many new gamers on offense.

He stated that camaraderie goes effectively. Henry, 26, additionally appreciates the on-field work, as a result of he remembers not having the ability to do that previously when recovering from accidents.

In the meantime, Henry additionally has dedicated to attend the “TE College” scheduled for later this offseason in Nashville, Tennessee, with the San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and former NFL tight finish Greg Olsen teaming as much as “uniTE” tight ends. The offseason expertise will function an opportunity for tight ends throughout the league to return collectively and speak about their craft.

“A number of the finest tight ends on this recreation and what they will supply; there are such a lot of alternative ways to do issues,” Henry stated. “It’s going to be enjoyable to bounce concepts and all the pieces off these guys.”


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