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After signing TE Jonnu Smith, WR Nelson Agholor and WR Kendrick Bourne on the 1st day of free agency, the Patriots kicked off Day 2 by inking TE Hunter Henry to a 3-year, $37.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Henry's $12.5 million average annual salary is identical to Jonnu Smith's -- although Smith got a 4-year deal. New England suddenly has the league's top TE tandem after trotting out a completely unforgettable group last year. The easy comparison here will be to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, who were both top 14 PPR TEs in 2010 and top 3 in 2011. That, of course, came with Tom Brady slinging the rock. Last year's Patriots ranked 31st in pass rate, 31st in pass attempts and 30th in pass yards. HC Bill Belichick is clearly gearing up to chuck it more in 2021, but it's tough to imagine there being enough to go around for both Henry and Smith to post TE1 numbers.

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11:33am EST 11/28/21

Patriots TE Hunter Henry (neck) is active for today’s game vs. the Titans. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, but we’ve heard nothing to suggest that the neck will be an issue today. Henry remains a TD-reliant fantasy play.

Patriots TE Hunter Henry (neck) is expected to play vs. the Titans today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Henry is listed as questionable but never seemed in danger of missing this one. He remains a TD-dependent fantasy play.

Patriots TE Hunter Henry (neck) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Titans. We've heard no reason to believe that Henry is in danger of missing this one, but check back around 11:30 am ET on Sunday to make sure he's active.

Patriots TE Hunter Henry isn't listed on the Week 1 injury report. He missed all 3 preseason games with a shoulder injury but is ready to go for Sunday's opener vs. the Dolphins. Henry has TE1 potential this season but should be considered a TE2 in his New England debut.

Patriots TE Hunter Henry expects to play in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. The big free-agent acquisition missed about 2 weeks of practice -- and all 3 preseason games -- with a shoulder injury. That makes him tough to trust in Week 1 fantasy lineups. But we'll keep a close eye on his usage in what figures to be a TE-centric offense.

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