The San Diego Chargers signed their second-round pick Hunter Henry to a four-year contract Thursday.
The tight end out of Arkansas was selected with the 35th overall pick last April and is expected to be another weapon for quarterback Philip Rivers in his first pro season.
If all goes according to plan, Henry will emerge as the heir apparent at that position after Pro Bowler Antonio Gates eventually hangs up his cleats.
Our first chance to see Henry and Gates on the field together against an opponent will be this fall.
The NFL released its preseason dates and times so now we know that the Chargers will open their exhibition schedule on Saturday, August 13th at Tennessee at 5 p.m.
The first preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium is the following Friday, August 19th when the Arizona Cardinals come to town for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
The Bolts round out their practice games with a national televised game in Minnesota on Sunday August 28th at 10 AM followed by a September 1st tune-up back at the Q with San Francisco at 7 p.m.
The Chargers also signed former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Brett Boyko Thursday.
To make room for Boyko, the Bolts waived tackle Zeth Ramsay.
Boyko is a 6’6,” 301-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and he spent the entire 2015 season on the Eagles’ practice squad.
He originally joined Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent.
Boyko is a former Mountain West Conference Star who played collegiately at UNLV.
He was a two-time second-team All-Mountain West pick and a two-time Academic All-MWC choice.
Boyko will wear No. 67 for the Chargers.