Offensive player of the year: Derrick Henry

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While the MVP award has become a quarterback award, the Offensive Player of the Year has become the best running back or receiver of the year.

Titans running back Derrick Henry clearly was that player this year.

He iced PFT’s award in the Week 17 game against the Texans with 34 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns, carrying the Titans on his back to the AFC South title.

Henry beat out Packers receiver Davante Adams, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Saints running back Alvin Kamara for the award.

Henry rushed for 2,027 yards for the season, the fifth-most in NFL history. Eric Dickerson was worried the Titans’ game against the Texans would go to overtime, giving Henry a chance to top the record 2,105 yards Dickerson rushed for during the 1984 season.

Henry won the rushing title for the second consecutive year, rushing for 470 more yards than Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

Now, the Ravens are tasked with stopping Henry yet again. He rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries against them in the postseason a year ago and had 28 carries for 133 yards and the game-winning, 29-yard touchdown run in overtime in Week 11 this season.

In the three postseason games last year, Henry had 83 carries for 446 yards and two touchdowns.

The Titans are going to ask Henry to carry them again this postseason.

22 responses to “Offensive player of the year: Derrick Henry

  1. I concur. Derrick Henry should be the MVP for the NFL, not some quarterback. He absolutely should be the Offensive Player of the Year also.

  2. Which Ravens defender wants Earl thomas’ job of lead blocker for Henry in this playoff game?

  3. The Titans are going to ask Henry to carry them again this postseason.
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    They don’t need to. Tannehill and Brown can do some heavy lifting of their own.

  4. And this was all without Taylor Lewan anchoring the line.

    Love watching Henry run, he’s a true throwback to the power beasts like Riggins, Campbell, and the Nigerian Nightmare. A guy that wants the rock 300+ times a year, and will still pound opponents in the 4th quarter of week 17. He’s a monster.

  5. No surprise here. I’m sure Cook would have won it, had he not been a part of a team with so many weapons and so many offensive player of the year candidates – Cousins, Thielen, Jefferson, and coming on lately, Beebe. Cook is more deserving of the award, but I can understand how the other players on that offense could have siphoned off votes from him.

  6. I thought Rodgers was screwed was screwed out of the MVP the year Pederson broke running records. My take was, MVP is most valuable as in value if we lost him award not record setter award. Rodgers should be the MVP again this year. Ya I love Henry from Alabama but he ran for a lot of yards, how many games he did actually win for his team. How much scoring did he do, how many touchdowns?
    No you have to give it to the guy who acually put points up and won games. Thats Rodgers.

  7. OlGeezer says:
    January 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm
    I thought Rodgers was screwed was screwed out of the MVP the year Pederson broke running records. My take was, MVP is most valuable as in value if we lost him award not record setter award. Rodgers should be the MVP again this year. Ya I love Henry from Alabama but he ran for a lot of yards, how many games he did actually win for his team. How much scoring did he do, how many touchdowns?
    No you have to give it to the guy who acually put points up and won games. Thats Rodgers.
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    So you’re saying Mahomes should be MVP?

  8. Kelce should be the OPY. 2,000 yards has been done seven other times. Kelce is on a five year run that is unprecedented in NFL history capped by setting the all-time TE receiving yardage record this year at 1,416. He very well could have lead the NFL in receiving yardage if the team he played on wasn’t so good they could rest him in Week 17.

  9. Much deserved, but effectively throttled by the Packers and their so-called “sub-par” defense.

  10. Don’t disagree with the pick. The Titans are nowhere without Henry taking the pressure and focus off Tannehill. But, to lead the NFL in catches and yards(Diggs)and not even get mentioned is just straight disrespectful. Just more fuel for the fire I guess.

  11. So what does a back need to accomplish to get the MVP? We’ve established a couple of times over the last decade that having a historically productive season on a playoff team isn’t enough, so what then? 16-0 plus 2500 yards? Breaking Tomlinson’s TD record? Does he need to start in a national State Farm AD campaign?

  12. billswillnevermove says:
    January 7, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    Stefan Diggs says hello.

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    Diggs is phenomenal, but cracking 2000 yards was near impossible when it was a run driven league, never mind in 2020-2021. Henry deserves this award, as well as the MVP.

  13. It gets on my nerves how people talk like leaning on DH is a bad thing, as if it’s not as good as some QB throwing the ball 50 times a game. Nobody ever says a WR catches the ball too much, or a defensive player has too many tackles. Why is relying on the running game and play-action so bad? It’s all football.

  14. These last two years, starting with the playoff win over KC in early 2019, have gotten Henry on a HOF track because his first three years were underachieving.

    I am hoping he has enough legs for the Raven game. Other than Davis in Denver, most 2000 yrd backs, dont do much in the wild card games.

  15. Diggs is phenomenal, but cracking 2000 yards was near impossible when it was a run driven league, never mind in 2020-2021. Henry deserves this award, as well as the MVP. His 378 carries is right there with the other 5 to do it im more impressed by oj he did it in 14 games.

  16. ThenCameBronson says:
    January 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm
    No surprise here. I’m sure Cook would have won it, had he not been a part of a team with so many weapons and so many offensive player of the year candidates – Cousins, Thielen, Jefferson, and coming on lately, Beebe. Cook is more deserving of the award, but I can understand how the other players on that offense could have siphoned off votes from him.

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    Dude.. just no. Cook, maybe. While very talented, he didn’t even play the whole season. I’m sure Jefferson would have snagged offensive rookie of the year had he broken the all time record, but 2nd place doesn’t impress anyone when it comes to that stuff. I hope they’re both in the conversation for it next year, I’d love to see the Vikings have a great season where they both have that level of production again.

  17. Henry deserves MVP as well. But he doesn’t have a State Farm commercial which is required this year for votes. He would have to get the Henry rate from Jake from State Farm.

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