The Facts: Henry anticipated being pursued by a market that was very interested in his abilities, but he didn't foresee landing with the same team that invested heavily in the other top talent at his position. When it became clear he'd be paired with Jonnu Smith in New England, Henry was driven to imagine great duos of the past. "I trust what we're building here with the Patriots," Henry told reporters Monday, via the Boston Herald. "I think that was a big (factor) into my decision on why I wanted to be a Patriot. Just the trust of coach [Bill] Belichick, and what we're building there. And I'm just fired up to be a part of it."
Diehards Line:Henry is joining a Patriots team that was served a helping of humble pie in 2020, falling from the ranks of perennial contenders to mediocre in finishing 7-9. Belichick's club has approached the 2021 offseason as if it is bent on preventing such an outcome from happening again. Henry is an important part of the turnaround effort, and he's ready to team with Smith to make their mark. As respective No. 1 tight ends with their former clubs in 2020, Smith and Henry combined to catch 101 passes for 1,061 yards and 12 touchdowns. It's not unrealistic to anticipate them combining to do something similar in New England, where the Patriots have demonstrated an ability to maximize the position in the past, and where Cam Newton could use a couple of reliable targets to jump-start New England's passing attack. At minimum, opponents will have to spend extra time devising an effective approach to limiting Smith and Henry. Of course, fantasy managers will have to hope both are productive enough to play without reservation.