Nothing, it seems, can slow Derrick Henry. He finished third in PPR scoring in 2020 and will almost certainly go off the board in the first six picks in all drafts this season. He's had at least 380 carries in each of the last two seasons, including the postseason, so it's fair to wonder if he'll break down at some point, but we've seen no sign of that yet -- if anything, Henry keeps getting stronger as the season goes on. Don't expect another 2,000-yard season, but Henry should be the favorite to lead the NFL in rush attempts, yards and touchdowns, and should be a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 RB, even without catching passes. Until he shows signs of slowing down, it doesn't make much sense to bet against him.
Henry should have a strong offensive line blocking for him this season, Ben Arthur of The Nashville Tennessean reports. Henry typically has run behind impressive O-lines in Tennessee, but the unit wasn't quite up to its usual standard last season, as left tackle Taylor Lewan suffered an ACL tear in October and first-round pick Isaiah Wilson played just four snaps. The Titans have since parted ways with Wilson and starting right tackle Dennis Kelly, but they acquired two potential replacements in veteran Kendall Lamm and rookie second-round pick Dillon Radunz. With Lewan on track for Week 1 and WR Julio Jones giving the receiving corps a boost, Henry could end up playing in the most talented offense of his pro career.
Henry carried the ball 18 times for 40 yards in the team's wild-card round loss to the Ravens. He added three receptions for 11 yards. Henry ran over the Ravens in the team's divisional-round matchup last postseason, racking up 195 rushing yards. However, this season's contest was a different story, as Henry was limited to 51 total yards, with his longest gain of the day going for just eight yards. It was a sour close to the season after a dominant regular-season campaign for Henry during which he racked up over 2,000 yards on the ground. Henry will remain under contract with the Titans in 2021, giving him another chance to contribute to a playoff run.
Henry carried the ball 34 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Texans. With yet another massive performance against Houston, Henry became the eighth back in history to run for 2,000 yards in a season, with his 2,027 settling in as the fifth-highest mark ever. He also locked up his second straight rushing title in the process and set a new career high with 17 rushing TDs. Henry will remain the key to the Titans' offense as they prepare to host the Ravens next Sunday in the wild-card round.
Henry rushed 23 times for 98 yards in Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Packers. He was not targeted in the passing game. Henry was held in check by Green Bay's defense, which did not allow the league's leading rusher to break off one of his signature big rambles down the field. The fact that 98 yards and a 4.3 yards-per-carry mark is considered a "down game" is just a testament to how dominant the physically imposing back has been this season. In fact, Henry's managers should be pleased that the runner still received 23 carries in a blowout loss. That commitment to the run offers game script protection for Henry, which is especially valuable for a player that isn't really involved in the passing game. Look for Henry to finish the regular season on a high note Sunday when he takes on the Texans, who he ran all over in their first meeting this year to the tune of 212 yards and two scores.
Henry rushed the ball 24 times for 147 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Lions. He added two receptions for five yards. The Titans offense moved up and down the field at will, and Henry played a big role in that effort as has come to be expected. He capped the team's first offensive possession with a three-yard touchdown plunge. From there, Henry continuously gained chunks of yardage, with 10 of his 24 rushing attempts going for more than five yards. Overall, he has topped 130 rushing yards on the ground in four of his list five contests. Henry will look to continue his tremendous production in Week 16 against the Packers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|7||10/24||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|9||11/07||@Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
|10||11/14||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|12||11/28||@New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|16||12/23||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
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|3 Year Avg||299||1542||15||17||140||1||260|