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Mailbag: Hunter Henry, Home Opener & More

Q: How come Hunter Henry did not see catches in the Denver game? – Richard Bennett

A: Hunter Henry’s usage in the season opener was far and away the most popular question asked for this week’s mailbag. The second-year tight end did not have a single ball thrown his way against the Broncos. However, that doesn’t mean the Bolts weren’t looking to get him involved. Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt explained several plays were called designed specifically to get the ball to the young tight end, but the Chargers didn’t see the look they wanted. Furthermore, Henry was simply a victim of the numbers game. That’s to be expected with weapons such as Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Antonio Gates, Travis Benjamin, Melvin Gordon and so on at Philip Rivers’ disposal. Both Whisenhunt and Head Coach Anthony Lynn explained Henry will be a key cog to the team’s offense in 2017.

Q:  Are the players going to wear the Captains Patches on their jerseys this year? – Jeff Strout

A: Doesn’t look that way.  Lynn opted not to name season-long captains.  Instead, he’ll announce who’s earned the right to serve as captain 90 minutes before kickoff each week.  So, players won’t have the “C” on their jersey.

Q:  Do you think the Chargers have an advantage or disadvantage against the Dolphins this week due to Miami’s odd schedule to open the season? – Brandonram15

A: Neither.  I think it’s an overblown storyline.  Sure, the Dolphins got an extra week of rest while the Bolts had to play late on Monday night, and there isn’t any tape to watch of them in action.  But that won’t have much of an impact once the ball is kicked off.  The Dolphins had more important things to worry about last week, making sure their friends and family were safe as Hurricane Irma made landfall.  I get why it’s a storyline, but I don’t think it will impact the end result.

Q:  What do you think the energy is going to be like Sunday at StubHub? – Jer_Bear14

A: There’s nothing quite like a home opener, so I think it’s going to be electric. More importantly, the players expect that type of energy as well.  They are also excited to have three straight games at home.  As Lynn told reporters on Thursday, the players love the unique atmosphere at StubHub Center.  There are also several festivities going on, such as Jordin Sparks singing the national anthem, the original 1960 team being recognized and LaDainian Tomlinson begin honored at halftime.  I can’t wait for Sunday.

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