Derrick Henry is on pace to break multiple NFL records, but says he isn’t thinking about it

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Titans running back Derrick Henry is on pace to re-write the NFL record book this season, but he says that’s the last thing on his mind.

Asked about his record pace today, Henry said he only thinks about team goals, not individual goals.

“I just don’t try to get too caught up in it and worry about things like that,” Henry said. “I really worry about how we do as a team, how we do as an offense, and what I can do to help the team each and every week. How can I be better? Rather than, this record is coming up or I have a chance to break this record. How can I do better each and every week, be a better teammate, be a better leader of this team, go out there and try to take advantage of every opportunity I get to help this team win.”

Henry has 162 carries for 783 yards this season, plus 16 catches for 138 yards, for a total of 178 touches and 921 yards from scrimmage. That puts him on pace to finish the season with 459 carries for 2,219 yards, and 504 touches for 2,610 yards from scrimmage.

Those numbers would break four different NFL records: The all-time record for carries in a season is 416, set by Larry Johnson in 2006. The record for yards in a season is 2,105, set by Eric Dickerson in 1984. The record for touches in a season is 492, set by James Wilder in 1984. And the record for yards from scrimmage in a season is 2,509, set by Chris Johnson in 2009.

Henry may not be thinking about his numbers. But fans with an interest in NFL history will be paying plenty of attention if Henry continues at his current pace.

27 responses to “Derrick Henry is on pace to break multiple NFL records, but says he isn’t thinking about it

  1. You have to love this kid! He’s role model for everyone out there, works so hard and it shows every game!

  2. Not to mention that he’s on pace for 28.3 TDs, just shy of LT’s 31 in 2006. Yes, I know 17 game season vs 16, but still.

  3. The guy is special. A tank. 6’3, 250, fast, cat like agility, untouchable in the open field and hard to bring down. You can see that it hurts guys just to tackle him. I hope the Titans stop using him like a rented mule, because he’s a generational talent. Nice kid too.

  4. The way this dude plays, I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks ALL of them- even without the 17th game.

  5. th56 says:

    October 21, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I’m not sure getting the record for number of touches bodes well for a running backs career.

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    And that’s what everyone tried saying when he lead the nfl in carries and yars the last 2 seasons and how the wheels would fall off this year, well didnt happen. Henry is an anomaly to rbs they same way that Brady has been to qbs. To expect them to decline the same as others when they have shown that not to he the case is ridiculous.

  6. And remember, he plays the Dolphins this year. Unless he is resting for the playoffs, he should get at least 250 yards.

  7. unday Swami says:
    October 21, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Henry is an anomaly to rbs they same way that Brady has been to qbs. To expect them to decline the same as others when they have shown that not to he the case is ridiculous.

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    Derek Henry is 27. Little too early to put him in the Brady category.

  8. I hope if he breaks the single season rushing record he does it in 16 games. 17 wont mean as much. Erik Dickerson will always be able to say it took him 17 to do it

  9. You give him enough carries and of course he will break records. He has 50 more carries this year than the next guy, but at 4.8 yards a rush. That’s not especially exceptional. The league average is 4.3. He’s a great back, but let’s keep it in perspective. It is to his credit that with this king of workload, he isn’t getting injured though.

  10. Henry is similiar to Lynch, where he runs hard and defenders simply dont want to bring him down but its foolish to overwork him like last year. He was out of gas against the Ravens in the playoffs but with no defense, the Titans have to hope he can still help them get into the playoffs while other backs like McNichols can help with the workload.

  11. jhbart001 says:
    October 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    I hope if he breaks the single season rushing record he does it in 16 games. 17 wont mean as much. Erik Dickerson will always be able to say it took him 17 to do it
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    Well OJ did it in 14 @ 143 yards per game. Still the true record.
    Henry would need 2433 yard to truly set the record.

  12. Sunday Swami says:
    October 21, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    th56 says:

    October 21, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I’m not sure getting the record for number of touches bodes well for a running backs career.

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    And that’s what everyone tried saying when he lead the nfl in carries and yars the last 2 seasons and how the wheels would fall off this year, well didnt happen. Henry is an anomaly to rbs they same way that Brady has been to qbs. To expect them to decline the same as others when they have shown that not to he the case is ridiculous.
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    There’s no anomaly. Any back who receives a high number of carries will shorten their career.

    What’s helped Henry so far is his first 2-3 years in the league he was a part of a running back committee so he doesn’t have as much wear and tear on his body as a back who had carried a full load from their rookie season.

    Henry can absorb hits better than most backs and his use of the stiff arm probably helps prevent him from taking some hard hits.

    But in the end he will eventually have a shorter career due to high carries than he would have if he didn’t have so many carries.

  13. The 17-games vs 16-games argument is perfectly valid.

    But lest we forget, before Dickerson established the current record, the previous record was 2003 yards, which was set by OJ Simpson in a 14-game season. Simpson’s season average of 157 yards per game is a record that is unlikely to ever be matched.

    Rather than worry about which records should get asterisks….I suggest we just enjoy and appreciate an opportunity to watch what could turn out to be one of the greatest single-season performances in NFL history.

  14. Henry is a great back, having another great season. But lost in these records is the benchmark for excellence in running the football at the NFL level. Jim Brown’s 1863yds in a 14 game season is still the standard. At a time when passing was more of an afterthought, teams stacked the line to stop the run and defenders could clothesline, horse collar, and lead with their helmets, he averaged 1.6 yds/carry more than Henry is this year. Henry’s a great player. Brown is the best RB of all time, and that was the best season by an RB of all time.

  15. purpleguy says:
    All records based on 17 vs 16 games seasons should have asterisks.
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    Then so should all the records based on 16 vs. 14 games have asterisks, not to mention records based on 14 vs. 12, and those based on 12 vs. 10. Then every record after the NFL expanded from 10 games can have its very own asterisk.
    Most people that follow a sport tend to ignore most of what happened before they were born, choosing to believe the game they grew up with is the only “official canon,” and everything else deserves an asterisk.
    Not that I don’t highly value tradition, because I do. But you’re opening a can of worms here.

  16. OJ Simpson, 1973 – 143 yards/game

    Eric Dickerson, 1984 – 131 yards/game

  17. If he does it in the same amount of games they did it in then yeh that is huge! Any record he sets in the 17th game is the beginning of new records for that amount of games in my eyes. The NFL will record it as an overall record I know and I hope he breaks them in game 16 but adding a game definitely makes it easier!

  18. Jim Brown’s 1863yds in a 14 game season is still the standard
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    Thats only 2 more yards per game than Dickerson in 1984.

    10 less than OJ in 1973.

    Payton, Peterson, Campbell and Barry were all within 5 yards of Brown’s total in ’63.

  19. I would love to see Barry run wild in this era where guys flat out cannot tackle.

  20. He has to say that in this sport’s PC world. Of course, he cares about and wants the records, but if he says he does, idiots will say oh, he doesn’t care about winning. Why can’t he want both? They are not mutually exclusive. But trust, players care about these records…more notoriety and more money.

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