Until Chad Henne finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Henne completed six of eight passes for 66 yards and an interception while adding 12 yards on two rushing attempts after replacing the injured Patrick Mahomes (concussion) in the third quarter of Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round. Henne took over in the third quarter with the Chiefs up 19-10 and driving. Kansas City got a field goal on that possession, but after Cleveland responded with a touchdown, Henne threw an inexcusable interception in the end zone on a ball lofted well over his receiver's head. He made amends on the ensuing possession after the Chiefs' defense got a much-needed stop, as Henne got within inches of the first down with a headfirst dive to cap a dramatic 3rd-and-14 scramble, then found Tyreek Hill to convert on fourth down and bring on victory formation. If Mahomes is unable to clear the league's five-step concussion protocol by next week's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, Henne would be in line to make his first career postseason start.
Henne completed 23 of 32 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-21 loss to the Chargers. Henne made his first start since 2014 as the Chiefs rested star quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the AFC's top seed already secured. In his rare extended action, Henne was fairly efficient, finishing with a 111.2 passer rating while throwing touchdowns to Byron Pringle and Darwin Thompson. With Kansas City now shifting its full focus onto the playoffs, however, Henne will return to his usual backup role behind Mahomes.
Head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Henne will start the Chiefs' Week 17 game against the Chargers, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. With the Chiefs having already secured the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, Reid confirmed he would rest some key starters Week 17, most notably Patrick Mahomes. Henne has already made two appearances this season in garbage time, but Sunday's game against the Chargers will mark his first start since 2014.
Coach Andy Reid named Henne the Chiefs' No. 2 quarterback Sunday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. Henne suffered a high right ankle sprain and fractured ankle late during the 2019 preseason, causing him to begin the campaign on IR. The injuries didn't allow him to cover for Patrick Mahomes when he sat out Weeks 8 and 9 due to a dislocated kneecap. Instead, fellow vet Matt Moore got the nod, but now that Henne is healthy he'll be the first QB called upon for garbage-time work or a Mahomes absence in the coming season.
Henne agreed to a two-year deal with the Chiefs on Monday, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports. The 34-year-old missed the first two months of the season after fracturing his ankle in August, and he slotted in behind Matt Moore -- who the Chiefs coerced out of retirement -- once he returned from injured reserve in early November. Henne never saw game action in 2019, but he seems likely to enter the 2020 campaign as the top backup to Patrick Mahomes.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|6||10/17||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|8||11/01||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|9||11/07||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|10||11/14||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|14||12/12||Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
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