Titans hope to take another step with Derrick Henry in 2019

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Titans running back Derrick Henry had 434 rushing yards and an average gain of 3.7 yards per carry through the first 12 games of the 2018 season, which wasn’t the kind of progression that you’d like to see from a second-round pick in his third NFL season.

Henry was able to close the season with a flourish, however. He fully broke out for 238 yards in a Week 13 win over the Jaguars and wound up running 97 times for 625 yards over the final four weeks of the season. On Tuesday, new Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said that he hopes the close to last season is a building block to even bigger things in 2019.

“Derrick will be a big part of the offense,” Smith said, via ESPN.com. “He has a rare skill set. Derrick’s a home-run hitter. We are taking another step hopefully with him. What he did over the last five weeks will open up a lot of things.”

Smith said that he’s planning to stick with much of what Matt LaFleur did on offense last season because he thinks continuity will help quarterback Marcus Mariota. A robust running game would be a big help to Mariota as well, so finding a way to get a full season of production from Henry should remain a priority in Tennessee as next season draws closer.

12 responses to “Titans hope to take another step with Derrick Henry in 2019

  1. I am a Titan fan, and I LOVE Derrick Henry. Give him the rock and let him go nuts. The dude is a beast, I believe he could be a top 5 back in the NFL. Would love to see him get 20-25 touches per game.

  2. By Derrick Henry’s own admission, he was running soft those first 12 games. The “tough love” conversation Eddie George had with him was the games-changer.

  3. Give it to him early and often and consistently,especially late. Getting him five carries and then nothing for a whole quarter is not how it works. And don’t change strategy because of a couple of no gainers/losses. Comes with the territory. Most of all, get your Linemen out and moving. A good,old fashioned mobile OL can do a great deal for Henry. Blocking isn’t the pushing and shoving that OL play has become. It is getting out and clearing space and hitting people while making holes to run behind, not just through…

  4. LaFluer moving on to work for Aaron Rodgers is the best thing to happen to DH. LaFluer had no clue how to use DH.

  5. I can’t believe the Titans haven’t used Henry as the featured back these past three seasons while he’s still young and cheap. One of the strangest misuses of a player I can remember.

  6. Brandon Jacobs 2.0. This type of back is not sustainable and quite a limited shelf life. I think we’ve seen peak Derrick Henry in ’18. Expecting ‘another step’ may indeed happen, just not in the direction they may have hoped for.

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    allsyntax says:
    February 6, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Brandon Jacobs 2.0. This type of back is not sustainable and quite a limited shelf life. I think we’ve seen peak Derrick Henry in ’18. Expecting ‘another step’ may indeed happen, just not in the direction they may have hoped for.
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    Like Eddie George?

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