Henry rushed 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns while catching two of five targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over Houston.
Henry took a back seat to quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first half, as Tannehill accounted for all 21 of Tennessee's first-half points with a trio of touchdown passes. It was all Henry after the break, though, as he rumbled for a 94-yard touchdown to retake the lead early in the fourth quarter and won the game with a five-yard touchdown in overtime. The superstar running back has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games, and Henry's averaging 117.6 yards per game on the ground heading into a Week 7 showdown with the Steelers.
Henry registered 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, adding a six-yard catch during Tuesday's 42-16 win against the Bills.
The 2019 NFL rushing champion was rather inefficient in posting a 3.0 yards-per-carry average against Buffalo's top-10 rush defense, but he did cash in with second and fourth-quarter touchdowns to help lift Tennessee to its first 4-0 start since 2008. Buffalo made things interesting with a 22-yard TD pass from Josh Allen to T.J. Yeldon with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but Henry's nine-yard TD run with 3:57 remaining reverted the Titans' lead to three possessions on the subsequent 11-play drive. He's averaging a gargantuan 25.3 carries per game heading into a Week 6 matchup against Houston's bottom-three rush defense.
Tuesday's scheduled contest between Henry and the Titans and the Bills is on track to proceed as planned, barring further developments, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
That said, the status of the slated 7:00 ET kickoff should still be monitored by fantasy managers, with Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com noting that "another positive (COVID-19 test Monday) would likely throw things into limbo." The Titans' Week 4 game against the Steelers was moved to Week 7 after multiple members of the Tennessee organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Henry and the Titans will not be taking on the Steelers in Week 4 after additional personnel within the organization have tested positive for COVID-19, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The initial plan was simply to reschedule the Oct. 4 matchup for Monday or Tuesday, but it now appears both teams will receive a Week 4 bye and the game will be rescheduled at a yet-to-be-determined date. Practice facilities will be closed in Tennessee until further notice after an additional player and personnel member returned positive tests, with a re-open unlikely until the outbreak has been contained.
Henry carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 3 win over the Vikings. He added two receptions for 11 yards.
Henry topped 100 yards for the second time in his first three games. However, he managed to find the end zone for the first time, punching in a pair of one-yard scores to play a major role in the Titans' narrow victory. While it's no surprise Henry has dominated rushing work out of the team's backfield, he also has five receptions early on this season and has recorded multiple receptions on two occasions. Though that doesn't place him among the elite pass-catching running backs in the league, he recorded multiple receptions in only four games during the entire 2019 campaign.
Henry ran for 84 yards on 25 rush attempts during Sunday's 33-30 win against the Jaguars. He was also targeted twice in the passing game but recorded zero receptions.
The Jacksonville defense stepped up against the NFL's leading rusher from 2019, containing Henry to a meager 3.4 yards per rush after he accumulated an absurd 7.0 yards per carry in his four preceding outings against the Jaguars. Combining Sunday's results with Henry's Week 1 performance (3.7 YPC), the 2019 Pro Bowler is off to an inefficient start to 2020, though he is still benefitting from a gargantuan workload. The 26-year-old has already garnered 59 offensive touches through Tennessee's first two outings, as the Titans now prepare for a Week 3 matchup against the 0-2 Vikings.
Henry ran for 116 yards on 31 carries while hauling in all three of his targets for 15 yards during Monday's 16-14 win against the Broncos.
The 2019 NFL rushing champion did not have his most efficient showing on the ground Monday night, grinding his way to 3.7 yards per carry on a massive workload, but he did pick up five first-down gains during the contest. His pass-catching upside was higher than usual in the opener, as Henry's three receptions tied his season high from 18 regular-season and playoff games during 2019. Coming up in Week 2, Henry will face a Jaguars defense against which he accumulated 203 rushing yards and three rushing scores in two matchups last season.
Henry continues to focus on getting better as a receiver, Erik Bacharach of the Tennessean reports.
Henry was spotted working with running backs coach Tony Dews during practice Tuesday, trying to improve his ability to catch passes while on the run. Henry has never caught more than 18 passes in a season, but it has been pointed out on a few occasions during training camp that he is focused on improving that aspect of his game. The departure of Dion Lewis could mean that Henry remains on the field for all three downs more than in past seasons, though rookie Darrynton Evans could also see action as the primary pass-catching back.
Henry has caught the ball well early in camp, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Henry has never recorded more than 18 receptions in a season, so this could just be camp chatter. On the other hand, the Titans lack experience in their backfield behind Henry, as rookie Darrynton Evans is currently projected to be the primary pass-catcher out of the backfield. If Henry can increase his work as a receiver, he would be one of the most heavily utilized backs in the league.
Henry agreed Wednesday with the Titans on a four-year deal worth $50 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Henry's new deal with Tennessee includes $25.5 million guaranteed and comes on the heels of the organization inking quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long-term pact earlier this offseason. With that, Henry, who was the NFL's leading rusher in 2019 with 1,540 yards, will continue to head the Titans' backfield and remains a top option at his position in both real-life and fantasy terms. The Titans invested a third-round pick this spring into Darrynton Evans, who is slated to serve as a change-of-pace option behind the newly extended Henry.
The Titans and Henry are closing in on a long-term contract in advance of Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 2019 rushing champ, Henry powered Tennessee to the AFC Championship Game back in January after racking up 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. He received the non-exclusive franchise tag in March, and while talks between his representation and the team ensued, he wasn't expected to get an extension as recently as Tuesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. With an extension now on the precipice of being finalized, Henry may soon be locked up by the Titans for the foreseeable future.
Henry and the Titans aren't expected to reach a long-term agreement before Wednesday's extension deadline for franchise-tagged players, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Henry is scheduled to make $10.27 million in 2020 and then become a free agent next offseason. His decision to sign the franchise tender back in April means the Titans can fine him if he holds out, so it isn't clear if the running back is considering that option. The team could use a franchise tag again next offseason, with the number going up to around $12.32 million. It's possible Henry and the Titans could reach an agreement -- even if it's only verbal -- to avoid the tag next year.
Titans GM Jon Robinson had a phone call with Henry's agent last week to discuss a new contract, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
The team's use of a franchise tag sets up a July 15 deadline for negotiations on a multi-year deal. Henry's decision to sign the franchise tender suggests he isn't planning a holdout, but there's no question he'll be annoyed if he ends up playing out the season under the tag. Robinson said Henry has been consistently engaged in the Titans' virtual offseason program, attending meetings and helping teammates. The 26-year-old running back has made it clear he prefers to stay with the Titans long term.
Henry signed his franchise-tag tender Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Henry's decision to sign the tender hints at confidence in working out a multi-year contract before the July 15 deadline, though Titans general manager Jon Robinson suggested Wednesday that the two parties will wait until summer to hammer out details. Any concern about a holdout can probably be put to rest, as there's no advantage to signing the tender if Henry would consider missing games in the absence of a long-term deal. Players that opted for the holdout route in past seasons declined to sign their franchise tenders, thus avoiding any fines for missing practices and other team activities.
General manager Jon Robinson said Henry and the Titans will wait until summer to discuss a long-term contract, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
A previous report made it sound like negotiations were imminent, but it now appears the Titans will wait until after the draft and possibly longer. The team placed a franchise tag on Henry in mid-March, providing four months to discuss an extension before the July 15 deadline. If no deal is worked out by that time, Henry could decide to leave the tag unsigned and miss part or all of training camp without sacrificing any of his $10.3 million franchise-tag salary. Most players that choose the holdout path rejoin their teams before Week 1, but Le'Veon Bell in 2018 was a notable exception.
General manager John Robinson said Wednesday that he wants to sign Henry to a long-term contract, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
The two sides have three and a half months remaining before the July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign extensions. Henry has made it clear he wants to stay in Tennessee, where his late-season 2018 breakout carried over to a massive campaign in 2019. Big contracts for running backs have mostly turned out disastrous in recent seasons, but Henry has the advantage of starting his pro career with lighter workloads in offenses that also featured DeMarco Murray in the backfield.
The Titans applied the non-exclusive franchise tag on Henry.
As a result, the running back can receive offers from other teams, which the Titans would then have the opportunity to match. In a scenario in which Tennessee declines to match, the Titans would be due two first-round draft picks. With that in mind, both John Glennon of The Athletic and Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site deem it unlikely that another team will extend Henry an offer.
The Titans have placed their franchise tag on Henry, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The team recently released change-of-pace back Dion Lewis, but the Titans have unsurprisingly decided to prioritize retaining the bruising Henry, who logged 303 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 TDs to go along with 18 catches for 206 yards and another two scores in 15 games last season. Henry is now slated to reprise his role as Tennessee's top back and will be taking handoffs from QB Ryan Tannehill, who the team has signed to a contract extension.
Henry said last week on "The Rich Eisen Show" on Fox Sports Radio that Ezekiel Elliott's six-year, $90 million contract is "the floor" for what he'll be seeking this offseason.
To be fair, Eisen asked a leading question and Henry merely agreed. There are a slew of teams with enough cap space to hand the 26-year-old a contract similar to Elliott's, but recent history mostly shows buyer's remorse with regard to long-term deals for running backs. Henry has one major advantage over Todd Gurley, Devonta Freeman and other positional counterparts: he averaged just 180 touches over his first three seasons before his count ballooned to 409 (including playoffs) in the final year of his rookie contract. Henry made it clear his preference is to stay with the Titans, though he presumably won't be thrilled if that happens via the franchise tag.
Henry carried the ball 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Henry worked fairly effectively in the first half, racking up 62 yards on the ground while finding the end zone. However, he was largely scripted out of the second half gameplan as the Titans fell behind, receiving only three carries in the final two quarters. It was a disappointing conclusion to a tremendous postseason for Henry, who surpassed 200 total yards in the team's two victories. Now, Henry will turn his focus to inking a new contract as he enters the free-agent market for the first time in his career.
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