Derrick Henry: I’d definitely like to start that momentum earlier

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Titans running back Derrick Henry went off for 211 yards in Week 17 and wound up as the league’s leading rusher as a result of that effort, but he would have already been well ahead of the pack if the first half of his year looked like the second half.

Henry averaged 72.6 yards per game over the Titans’ first eight games, which isn’t bad but also isn’t close to what he did in the second half. Henry averaged 137 yards per game in his final seven contests — he didn’t play in Week 16 and picked up 446 more yards in the postseason — and that pace would add up a new single-season record if done over a full season.

The trajectory of Henry’s 2018 season was similar and he said on PFT Live that he’s not sure why it takes him a while to get going, but he’d be happy to see things change in 2020.

“I can’t figure it out,” Henry said. “I hope it keeps rolling like that. I’d definitely like to start that momentum earlier, but as long as I finish strong I’ll be happy with that. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Henry is set for free agency and reiterated that his goal is to make a push for a full season of big numbers while still wearing a Titans uniform.

16 responses to “Derrick Henry: I’d definitely like to start that momentum earlier

  1. My theory is that like in the games, he gets harder to tackle as the season progresses and the wear and tear starts to build up.

  2. Titans are crazy if they give Henry a big contract. Their loss to the Chiefs showed why. He’s a 2 down player. He only had 2 carries in the second half because they were down and had to pass. He’s a good power back but the Titans run game is more about that dominant OL.

    They could get similar production from a much cheaper workhorse RB. Titans should draft a RB or sign a veteran and allow Henry to be overpaid by another team.

  3. Titans are crazy if they give Henry a big contract. Their loss to the Chiefs showed why. He’s a 2 down player. He only had 2 carries in the second half because they were down and had to pass. He’s a good power back but the Titans run game is more about that dominant OL.

    They could get similar production from a much cheaper workhorse RB. Titans should draft a RB or sign a veteran and allow Henry to be overpaid by another team.
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    Don’t think this is true at all. Once they fell behind, they panicked and got away from the run when they were still able to pound the rock on the Chiefs. They tried to get too cute early on 2nd and 3rd short(s), just run the ball. Henry still had like 70 yards which isn’t too bad of day in this league. If anything, their lack of a capable QB was their downfall, as we expected. Henry is the perfect back for their scheme and philosophy.

  4. Henry averaged 72.6 yards per game over the Titans’ first eight games
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    Exactly the point I’ve been making for two years, he only showed up once before week 9 this season and in the 2018 it was week 14 before he decided to do anything, to add to that he’s not good at catching the ball out of the backfield as a high of 18 receptions shows and he doesn’t block well, in other words he’s a one trick pony = that’s not the kind of RB I’d ever give a big contract to.

  5. This is not brain surgery! Change from qb who did not command respect to qb who commands respect and the safeties/linebackers start the play in less run committed positions.

  6. His uptick in production aligns with Tannehill taking over as the starter. It makes sense, he ran against stacked boxes more than anyone in the league when Mariota was starting. But the threat of the passing game once Tannehill came in opened things up for him a bit. I’m sure he knows this, but doesn’t want to come off as critical of Mariota by telling people that.

  7. They might as well go for it and pay him. He brought a swagger to his team that sparked their playoff run. Worse case scenario, they revert to an 8-8 team like they have been for much of this century. Not much to lose.

  8. DH is a gifted physical specimen that looks and runs like a tank. You can see guys grimace when they have to tackle him. You just know it hurts them more than him.

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