At the top of the position is Hunter Henry, who certainly has the potential to be a Top 5 tight end in this league. He was a second round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2016 and became their starting tight end immediately.
He had a breakout rookie season with 36 receptions, 478 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, and a career high of 13.3 yards per reception. In his second season the touchdowns dropped from eight to four but he continued to be a deep threat at the position with 45 receptions, 579 receiving yards, and averaging 12.9 yards per reception.
He appeared to be a rising star at the position but then suffered a torn ACL during OTAs that forced him to miss the entire 2018 season. The past two years he hasn’t been that big play threat but has become a reliable pass catcher with at least 55 receptions, over 600 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns during that stretch.
Henry is only 26 years old and still has plenty of good football ahead of him. He could be that player that Beane mentions where defenses need to gameplan for. However, he is likely to command a big contract and the question is if the Bills can afford it in a year with limited cap space and other pressing needs.