|Date of Birth:||07/17/1994|
|Drafted:||2016 | Round 2 | Pick 45|
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Derrick Henry (calf) is running and making cuts.
It was reported that Henry was expected to miss about two weeks with his calf injury, and he's right around that mark now, so it's a great sign that he's running and making cuts despite not yet returning to practice. The Titans are going to take things slow with their monstrous running back to ensure he's ready for the regular season, but it'd still be nice to see him back out there at full strength soon. Ideally, he'll return to practice after Tennessee's second preseason game this Saturday night.
Derrick Henry has a strained calf muscle, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
It is expected to sideline him for about two weeks, but it's not considered serious, and the Titans are mostly being cautious. Henry should be back in plenty of time for the season opener, and staying fresh now could end up paying off during the regular season, as Tennessee is expected to feed their monster runner. That said, it would be good to see Henry back on the field for the team's third preseason game.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Titans are "not worried" about Derrick Henry's lower leg injury.
Rapoport tweets that Henry's injury "should not be a big deal." But it's still slightly concerning that there isn't a timetable for Henry's return. At least it sounds like Henry's Week 1 status isn't in any doubt, and we'll see if we get more information on the exact extent of the injury in the coming days. It'd be good to see Henry out there by the second or third preseason game, but appearing in the first week of the preseason might be a stretch.
There is no timetable for Derrick Henry's return from a lower-leg injury.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was asked about Henry's timetable, and all he said was that it's a "lower leg" issue and did not give a return date. Henry was initially thought to be day-to-day, so this obviously isn't a good sign with the fourth-year runner set to be the focal point of the Titans offense in 2019. Hopefully Vrabel just didn't want to share information about Henry's status, but we should probably consider him week-to-week for now.
Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site isn't sure Derrick Henry will get 20 carries per game this season.
In Wyatt's weekend mailbag, a fan asked if he thinks Henry could get the ball on the ground over 20 times per game this season, and Wyatt wrote: "Derrick is definitely going to get his chances, but I can’t commit to 20 carries a game. His number of carries will be determined by how the games are going (Winning? Losing? Close? Blowout?), and how he performs." Wyatt added that Henry had 20+ carries in just two games last season, so he's skeptical he'll average that with more weapons added on Tennessee's offense in the offseason. Those two games Henry did get 20+ carries, he had lines of 33/170/2 and 21/84/1 on the ground, and the week before those consecutive games in Weeks 15 and 16, it's when he broke out for a monster 17/238/4 game against the Jaguars. 20 carries per game for 16 games would be 320 carries in a season (Ezekiel Elliott led the league with 304 carries last season), so not hitting that mark isn't a huge deal. But it's probably wise to feed Henry the ball, as he clearly has the ability to carry an offense. It'll be disappointing if Henry doesn't average 15 carries per game at the very least in 2019, which would come out to 240+ carries (which would have been eighth in the NFL last year).
The Titans plan to ride Derrick Henry in 2019.
Of course, Henry was an absolute monster down the stretch last year when the team finally featured him in December, and Tennessee's owner, general manager, and head coach have all indicated that will remain the case. GM Jon Robinson said of Henry, “He proved that he can step in there and carry the load, and we’ll try to put that right back on him," and went on to say skill-position players love getting the ball. Head coach Mike Vrabel added that Henry had success when they threw him the ball out of the backfield, so compared to last season, fantasy owners should feel a lot better about spending an early-round pick on the former Heisman winner in all formats.
Derrick Henry is "thrilled" with the Titans promoting Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator.
At NFL Honors over the weekend, Henry said Smith, the team's tight ends coach from last year, is a guy that he loves, adding: "He has that physical mindset, which I love, and it is what we want to be. I think it was a great decision to make him the offensive coordinator. He’s a great offensive mind. I think he’s going to do a great job." At Smith's introductory press conference as the offensive coordinator on Tuesday, he said that Henry is going to be a "big part" of Tennessee's offense—and it doesn't sound like he's just saying that. After the former Heisman Trophy winner was one of the best players in the league down the stretch of last season, with 585 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in the final four games, expect him to actually be close to a full workhorse in 2019.
Derrick Henry totals 106 yards in Week 17 loss.
Henry rushed 16 times for 93 yards, also adding a 13-yard reception. The monster runner was the only player to record a rush for Tennessee, but he still probably didn't get enough carries in a season-ending loss. Still, the Titans at least found out Henry exists in December, and he finishes his third NFL season with 215 carries for 1,059 yards (4.9 YPC) and 12 touchdowns while adding 15 grabs for 99 yards as a receiver. It would be a surprise if the team moved on from Henry, who was reportedly on the market at the trade deadline, so he should be an RB1/RB2 option next season that you may need to be patient with.
Derrick Henry finds the end zone again in win over the Redskins.
Henry rushed 21 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, also adding an eight-yard reception on his only target. The Titans fed him five times on their opening possession, which ended in a goal-line score. After that, though, Henry had just a couple carries the rest of the first half, and he didn't really get going again until another touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Overall, the monster runner continues to be one of the month's most dominant players, and he will remain an RB1 for the season finale against Indy.
Derrick Henry rolls to another big game in Titans' Week 15 win.
Henry carried 33 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for no yards and one completion for six yards. While many people inexplicably looked at Henry's huge 238-yard, four-touchdown outburst two Thursdays ago as some type of fluke, the former Heisman Trophy winner continues to show that he probably should've been getting a big workload all season. Henry is simply a monstrous runner that has underrated elusiveness and great speed to run away from defenders as well as punish them. He's been gashing defenses the last two weeks, and he should keep it going this Saturday afternoon against the Redskins. Hopefully you remained patient with Henry and kept him on your team, because he looks like a solid RB1 that could win a lot of people fantasy titles this season. Henry now has 50 carries for 408 yards and six touchdowns the last two weeks, and he's just 118 yards away from 1,000 rushing for the season despite working as a secondary back for much of the year. He's averaging 5.0 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns this season.
Derrick Henry makes history in dominant win over the Jaguars.
Henry rushed 17 times for a franchise-record 238 yards and four touchdowns, including an NFL-record 99-yard touchdown run to become the second player in league history with a 99-yard rushing score (Tony Dorsett did it 1983). The play was one of the best runs you will ever see, as Henry emerged from traffic and broke three one-on-one tackles while showing his breakaway speed down the left sideline. He also scored from three yards away on the game's opening drive, and later had a 16-yard touchdown and 54-yard touchdown to start the second half. The performance was truly remarkable, and the monster back had the fewest carries in a game with 200+ rushing yards and four touchdowns in the Super Bowl era. By the end of the night, fans were chanting Henry's name so he would come into the game for a fifth potential score. Hopefully the Titans feed the former Heisman winner for the rest of the year, and he needs to be on the RB2 map in good matchups (@ NYG, v WAS, v IND) to close things out.
Derrick Henry finds the end zone in Week 13 win.
Henry, who finally drew the start ahead of Dion Lewis, rushed ten times for 40 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the second half that displayed his power as he fought through traffic. The former Heisman winner also caught two passes for five yards. Henry gets a difficult draw to start the fantasy playoffs (in Jacksonville on Thursday night), but if the Titans finally commit to him as they seek a postseason berth, he could return RB2 value the rest of the way.
Derrick Henry handles ten touches in Week 12 loss.
Henry rushed eight times for 30 yards, also adding two receptions for 19 yards and a lost fumble (which came at the end of a nice catch-and-run in garbage time). The Titans continue to use Dion Lewis as their starting running back, but he struggled again with seven carries for eight yards, and it's fair to wonder if Tennessee would be better off feeding Henry down the stretch. The most frustrating moment of Monday night's loss was a fourth-and-inches in deep in Houston territory that was unsuccessful on a handoff to backup tight end Luke Stocker, who was lined up as a fullback; the next play was a 97-yard touchdown for the Texans that changed the game. We'll see if Henry is finally fed next week against the Jets, but he's just a touchdown-dependent FLEX option.
Derrick Henry gets nine carries in Week 11.
Henry gained 46 yards on his nine attempts, but he was still clearly behind Dion Lewis (ten carries, 24 yards) in what turned into a blowout. We'll see if the Titans decide to get Henry involved more early and often, but he's obviously difficult to trust in fantasy lineups right now.
Derrick Henry scores twice in Titans' win.
Dion Lewis was again the leader in the backfield for the Titans, but Henry outperformed him and was able to get the ball in the end zone twice. Henry had 11 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns, making it three straight games with a score after going the first six games of the season without one. Henry isn't a highly-recommended fantasy option with Lewis leading the backfield, but he's in the FLEX mix for Week 11 against the Colts. And he remains a hold as a potential difference-maker down the stretch.
Derrick Henry scores in Titans' Week 9 win.
Henry carried six times for 27 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for five yards against the Cowboys. The touchdown came at the goal line, which helped make it a solid day for fantasy owners that inserted Henry into fantasy lineups. However, the usage is an obvious concern after an ESPN report stated Henry was available ahead of last week's trade deadline. Clearly, the team currently views Dion Lewis (23 touches tonight) as the top option in their backfield despite Henry's ability. At the midway point in the season, the former Heisman winner is on pace for 180 carries, 600 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 16 receptions, and 108 receiving yards. The numbers aren't pretty, but the Titans have surprisingly not blocked well for much of this season, and Henry isn't getting many opportunities to put games away late.
Derrick Henry scores first touchdown of the season in Week 7.
Henry finally got in the end zone this year, punching it in at the goal line against the Chargers in London. Overall, Henry had 12 carries for 33 yards and one touchdown along with two receptions (on two targets) for 32 yards. Both receptions came out outlet passes that Henry took up the field for chunk gains of 21 and 11, and ideally the Titans will start using him more there. Dion Lewis received 19 touches (13 carries) in the loss, handling a lot of the fourth-quarter work despite Henry dominating late in games through his career. Expect Henry to again split the workload evenly when the Titans next play in Week 9 against the Cowboys.
Derrick Henry gets eight touches in Week 6.
Henry carried seven times for 21 yards and added one reception for five yards against the Ravens. It was simply a poor game for the Titans, who allowed 11 sacks to Baltimore in the shutout loss. Henry either had a defender or his own offensive lineman in his way on every carry, as there was no room to run. This continues to be a disappointing season for Henry, but he's an obvious buy-low candidate with many owners likely considering his fantasy value as low as possible right now.
Derrick Henry handles 11 carries in Week 5 loss.
Henry rushed 11 times for 56 yards and failed to catch one target. Considering the Titans needed all the help they could get in a 13-12 loss—and that Dion Lewis averaged 2.8 yards per carry and lost a fumble on 12 attempts—it was a frustrating day to be a Henry owner, as he could have possibly worn out Buffalo's front if given 18-20 carries in a defensive battle. With 219 rushing yards and zero touchdowns through five weeks, Henry will be difficult to trust in a difficult matchup against the Ravens in Week 6. Consider him a low-floor FLEX option.
Derrick Henry handles ten touches in win over the Eagles.
Henry got started early with a 13-yard screen pass on the first play of the game, but the Titans went away from him after that, and he finished with just eight carries for 24 yards and two receptions for seven yards. It's been a disappointment so far for Henry owners, as he's on pace for just 652 rushing yards and has yet to find the end zone, but the schedule lightens up starting next week against the Bills. Hopefully the threat of Marcus Mariota on the ground will begin to open things up for the former Heisman winner.
Derrick Henry gets 18 carries in Titans' win.
In a tough 9-6 victory against the Jaguars, the Titans relied on their big running back to grind out yardage. Henry gained 57 yards on his 18 attempts and he didn't catch any passes in the game. It's been a slow start to the year for Henry, and next week versus the Eagles is another difficult matchup, but we recommend remaining patient with the monster runner. Dion Lewis received nine carries compared to Henry's 18 in the Week 3 win.
Derrick Henry (back) remains limited in practice.
Henry is fully expected to play on Sunday against the Jaguars, and the Titans are going to need him in one of the toughest matchups of the year. We'll update you on Henry's official game status tomorrow when it's released.
Derrick Henry (back) was limited in practice.
This probably isn’t a big issue, but it’s worth noting. The Titans are already banged up as a team this season. Hopefully Henry is back to a full participant tomorrow.
Derrick Henry gets 18 carries in Week 2.
The Texans played strong run defense against the Titans, who had 100 rushing yards on 34 carries. Henry gained 56 yards on his 18 attempts, while Dion Lewis had 42 yards on 14 attempts. Henry was also used as a wildcat quarterback, which was fun, and he completed his only pass attempt for eight yards. The Jaguars are a difficult matchup next week, but Henry is still in starting consideration for fantasy lineups. He'd get a boost if Marcus Mariota (elbow) can play in the game.
Derrick Henry is held in check as Dolphins top Titans.
Henry rushed just ten times for 26 yards and caught a five-yard pass. This has to be the biggest disappointment of the week, as Henry couldn't get going against what projects to be one of the league's worst run defenses due to a couple weather delays—the game lasted over seven hours, a new record—that kept Miami fresh. He also had an impressive 62-yard touchdown run called back because of a highly questionable holding call, and Dion Lewis scored in the red zone. Overall, Lewis' usage (16 carries, five receptions) was a concern, but Henry remains an RB2 option that should get more touches next week against the Texans.
Mike Vrabel talks about Titans' distribution of carries.
The Titans head coach was asked about the distribution of carries between Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, and he said: "I think it is important to try and find the right balance for each player. But keeping in mind what is best for the team, and what may be working. And maybe have a certain play in there that week for Dion, or a few certain players for Derrick. I think it is going to change week to week, like a lot of stuff that we do. And we'll try and do everything that gives us a chance to win. So try and balance those snaps each week I don't think it's going to be really possible. One may end up with a few more snaps each week than the other." Clearly, this is going to be a split backfield, and if one player is hot one week the team might ride the hot hand and feed them more carries. Both Henry and Lewis are likely to deliver solid fantasy value this season on what should be a good offense, but the upside of both is slightly capped as long as they both remain healthy. Henry being fed 20-25 carries per game this season, which looked like a possibility before Lewis was signed, is probably a stretch.
Derrick Henry is listed as the starting running back on the Titans' first unofficial depth chart.
Keep in mind, this is an unofficial depth chart that the coaching staff might have had no input on—the media/PR staff sometimes puts these together. However, it's worth noting that Henry is listed alone as the starter, with Dion Lewis behind him. There has been some talk of Lewis potentially become Tennessee's lead back after he was signed to a big contract in the offseason, but Henry, who came into camp with added weight while staying in great shape, is very likely to be the lead ball-carrier in 2018. The situation should be watched closely in preseason games, but it's unlikely Henry doesn't get the most carries for the Titans this season.
Derrick Henry says he's added a few pounds this offseason.
Henry is already a monstrous running back, so this probably isn't what opposing defenders want to hear as training camp begins for the Titans. Typically, running backs perform better when they drop weight than when they add it, but the former Alabama star has a great workout routine and might not have lost any speed or quickness with the added weight. With uncommon size and excellent top-end speed, Henry isn't going to be fun to tackle this season. Also, Henry doesn't want to make any predictions but says he just wants to be a "dominant" running back that has a great game every game. We think he has a ton of ability, and all that's to be determined is his workload with Dion Lewis also in the mix for Tennessee.
Derrick Henry is the Titans' clear starting running back after DeMarco Murray's release.
The Titans announced they are going to release the veteran Murray, which means Henry is set to become the clear leader in the team's backfield. Just last week, the Titans talked up Henry's ability as a receiver out of the backfield, and right now, it looks like Henry could have a huge role on all three downs as both a runner and a pass-catcher—though we'll see who is added in free agency or the draft. Entering his third season, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama will have elite upside and should be a first- or second-round selection in all fantasy leagues this summer.
Titans GM Jon Robinson talks about Derrick Henry's ability at running back.
Speaking today at the NFL Combine, Robinson twice brought up Henry's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which is a major positive sign for his fantasy outlook in 2018. Robinson said, "We are glad Derrick is on the football team and look forward to handing it to him, throwing it to him, and getting it in his hands so he can make yards," and he later added that while Henry is a big back, "I think he can be a guy we can hand the ball to, and throw it to." While he certainly should respect what DeMarco Murray has done for the team, Robinson was noncommittal on the veteran running back's roster status moving forward. If Murray ends up being released, Henry will have sky-high upside entering his third NFL season.
Derrick Henry can't get going in the Divisional Round.
The Patriots played a very good game defensively against the Titans, and they appeared to want to take away Derrick Henry on the ground. The second-year back had 12 carries for 28 rushing yards and added three receptions for 21 receiving yards in the loss. Looking ahead to next season, it's possible (if not expected) that the Titans part ways with veteran running back DeMarco Murray, in which case Henry would be a potential workhorse back for the Titans. However, the team will likely look to add a third-down receiving type of back into the mix if Murray isn't on the roster. If he is the leader in the backfield next season, the former Heisman Trophy winner would offer monster upside early in fantasy drafts.
Derrick Henry runs wild in Titans' playoff win.
With DeMarco Murray (knee) out again for the Titans, Henry carried the load versus Kansas City, carrying 23 times for 156 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 35 receiving yards. Henry's touchdown was a 35-yarder where he showed his amazing speed for such a big back, and he later iced the game with a third-down conversion on a run a couple plays after he had a fumble that was overturned after the replay showed he was clearly down by contact. Murray might work his way into playing next weekend, but for now expect Henry to be the lead guy in the backfield again against Pittsburgh or New England.
Derrick Henry gets 29 touches in Week 17.
With DeMarco Murray (knee) out, Henry handled a heavy workload in a must-win game for the Titans, carrying 28 times for 51 yards and catching one pass for 66 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a screen pass that Henry received great blocking on and took to the end zone using his great speed, but the Jags made an effort to stop the running game of the Titans. Henry's second NFL regular season ends with 176 carries for 744 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns along with 11 receptions for 136 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He might be asked to carry the load in the playoffs if DeMarco Murray can't get healthy in time.
Derrick Henry gets nine touches against the Rams.
Henry carried eight times for 25 yards and added one reception for six yards. With DeMarco Murray dealing with a potentially serious knee injury, Henry looks like he might carry the load against the Jags next week, which would instantly make him a starting option in fantasy lineups.
Derick Henry handles nine touches in Week 15 loss.
Henry rushed seven times for 19 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. The second-year back is playing clearly behind DeMarco Murray, but perhaps it's time for the Titans to shake things up as they look to earn a playoff berth after two-straight losses. There's no indication that will happen, though, Henry is nothing more than a volatile FLEX option against the Rams on Christmas Eve.
Derrick Henry scores in Week 14.
Henry had eight carries for 20 yards and a touchdown versus Arizona, so the touchdown saved the fantasy day for Henry. With Marcus Mariota banged up, the Titans might decide they need to pound the rock more than they have recently. The Titans face the 49ers next week, and Henry will be in FLEX consideration for that game.
Derrick Henry breaks long touchdown in Week 13.
The Titans were trying to ice the game against the Texans, and Henry broke a long 75-yard run on a toss where he showed his amazing speed for such a big guy and simply outran the defense to the end zone. Overall, Henry had 11 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown in the game. The second-year back, who's pretty much splitting carries evenly with DeMarco Murray at this point, is in the FLEX conversation for Week 14.
Derrick Henry leads the Titans in rushing in Week 12.
Henry carried 13 time for 79 yards and added one reception for ten yards receiving, as he out-produced DeMarco Murray (12 carries for nine yards and a touchdown) on the ground. On one drive in particular in the second half, Henry did most of the work to get the Titans down to the goal line before Murray received a one-yard carry from the fullback position and punched it in for a touchdown. The monster second-year back has been carrying the ball a lot better than the veteran Murray recently, so he should get a good amount of touches each week for a team fighting for the AFC South. Henry is in the FLEX conversation for Week 13.
Derrick Henry gets seven carries against Pittsburgh.
The big second-year back gained 32 yards on his seven rushing attempts and did not catch any passes in the Thursday night loss. DeMarco Murray picked up only ten yards on his eight rushing attempts, and Henry clearly outplayed him and looked more explosive, though the team didn't rush as much as they would like to in the game. Next week, Henry gets a Colts team that he gained 131 rushing yards on 19 attempts against back in Week 6. He's definitely in the FLEX conversation for that matchup, especially if the Titans decide they just need to start feeding him the ball.
Derrick Henry gets 11 carries against the Bengals.
Henry gained 52 yards on his 11 attempts, leading the team in rushing in the game. However, DeMarco Murray scored two rushing touchdowns at the goal line, so Henry certainly isn't the clear-cut goal line guy despite getting work there over the last two seasons. Consider Henry a FLEX option in standard leagues on Thursday night against the Steelers, though he doesn't have a high floor with Murray in the backfield.
Derrick Henry scores in Week 9.
Henry carried eight times for 26 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens, while also adding two receptions for ten yards. The score came on a carry by the goal line, and it was his third touchdown of the season. Through eight games, Henry is on pace for 166 carries, 714 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, 12 receptions, and 90 receiving yards. He's a monster of a player, but right now Henry is just a FLEX option in a backfield that still included DeMarco Murray.
Derrick Henry held in check as Tennessee offense struggles.
Henry rushed 13 times for just 13 yards, adding two catches for 11 yards. DeMarco Murray (hamstring) was active and got the start, handling 21 touches, so Henry operated as the backup against an underrated Cleveland run defense. Murray is only going to be healthier when the Titans return from their Week 8 bye, so Henry will be a volatile FLEX option against Baltimore in Week 9.
Derrick Henry breaks long touchdown in Titans' win.
The second-year back was in there at the end of the game for the Titans to ice it versus the Colts, and he broke a 72-yard touchdown run where he showed his great wheels for such a big and bruising runner. Overall, Henry had 19 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown while also adding a 14-yard reception. As Jon Gruden was alluding to on the broadcast, Henry is a beast of a runner and will shine when he takes over as the lead guy in the backfield after DeMarco Murray. With Murray perhaps a bit hobbled by his hamstring, Henry is in the FLEX conversation against Cleveland next week.
Derrick Henry gets only four carries in Week 5.
The second-year back gained nine yards against the Dolphins. After it looked like Henry could emerge as the lead guy for the Titans, it's clear DeMarco Murray (19 touches) is currently that guy right now. Henry could deliver FLEX value in Week 6 versus the Colts, but he does have a low floor.
Derrick Henry gets limited by the Texans in Week 4.
The second-year back didn't have many opportunities in the blowout loss, carrying six times for seven yards in the game. Henry is on pace for 156 carries for 712 yards and four touchdowns through four games. He gets the Dolphins in Week 5.
Derrick Henry gets 13 carries in Week 3 win.
Henry played well against the Seahawks, carrying 13 times for 54 yards while adding a ten-yard reception. The second-year back had a long of 25 yards in the game, while teammate DeMarco Murray broke a 75-yard touchdown run as the team gashed Seattle on the ground. It doesn't appear Henry is going to overtake Murray as the lead guy in the backfield, but it looks like he has some FLEX value.
Derrick Henry takes over backfield in Week 2 win?
Henry rushed 14 times for 92 yards and one touchdown against a tough Jacksonville defense, while DeMarco Murray rushed nine times for just 25 yards. Murray may have been dealing with a hamstring problem, but Henry looks like the better runner so far in 2017. The second-year back looks like he has standalone FLEX value in standard leagues as well as being a premium handcuff should Murray ever miss time. It might be wise to leave him on the bench against Seattle next week, though.
Derrick Henry gets six carries in Week 1.
The big second-year back had 25 yards on his six attempts and did not have any catches in the game. He did take a whole series at least once in the game, which is a good sign for him, but it'll be hard to trust him in fantasy lineups until he starts putting up some consistent fantasy starter numbers. Henry did have a two-touchdown game against the Jaguars last season, but Jacksonville looks to be improved on defense after adding some pieces this offseason.
Derrick Henry works behind DeMarco Murray in Titans' third preseason game.
The monstrous second-year back didn't play for much of the beginning of the game, as Murray took basically all the work with the first team for a few series. Henry did get a lot of time with the starters, though, as they played three whole quarters. Henry carried the ball nine times for 24 yards and added three receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was basically a toss, but the ruled it a forward pass by Marcus Mariota. During the FOX broadcast, Charles Davis said Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said he just trusts Murray so much and that the lack of more of a split backfield is not at all an indictment on Henry. It looks like Henry might struggle to be a reliable FLEX option this season, though it would not be the least bit surprising if does end up providing that type of value even with Murray in the lineup.
Derrick Henry gets 19 touches in preseason game against the Panthers.
The Titans second-year back had 16 carries for 36 yards and two touchdowns, along with three receptions for 17 yards. Henry played the first half, starting the game with Marcus Mariota and continuing to play with the first-team line when Mariota exited the game after two series. Henry's first touchdown came on an outside run where he zoomed up the left sideline for 17 yards. The second touchdown came on a goal line carry. His yards per carry wasn't great, but he played a lot better than that stat showed. Henry and the Titans play the Bears in their third preseason game next Sunday.
Derrick Henry gets nine touches in Week 1 of the preseason.
DeMarco Murray did not play, so Henry started the game and played into the second quarter. He had eight carries for 29 yards and one reception for no yards. Henry picked up some solid yardage on his first couple of carries with the first-team, but struggled to find much running room after that.
Derrick Henry says he's better "in all aspects" of his game.
The second-year back understands his role behind DeMarco Murray and says he is "just trying to get better, and help the team" while taking on the mindset as a starter when he's on the field. It might not seem possible for someone as big as Henry, but the former Heisman winner says he put on more muscle this offseason. Henry said, "(my mindset) is to be better than last year in all aspects of my game. I was training, working out hard (this offseason). I just want to try and do everything I can do to be better than I was last year, from running to catching to blocking." As a very hard worker out of Nick Saban's program at Alabama, Henry is an uncommon player that is likely to be a future star. The presence of DeMarco Murray probably won't allow him to be a great fantasy option yet, but don't be surprised if he comes a solid FLEX play in 2017.
Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website is "impressed" with Derrick Henry.
Wyatt writes that Henry "looks faster, and there's no doubt he's hungry" in his second season. If Henry performs well when on the field (which is likely), Wyatt thinks he could earn some more time behind DeMarco Murray, who has been talked of as a workhorse still by head coach Mike Mularkey. Henry, who missed the start of offseason training while going to school at Alabama, has gotten all positive reviews this offseason despite the missed time; he no doubt trained hard in Alabama's weight room and showed up in great shape. Henry could end up being one of the better FLEX options this season, and he might be the best handcuff in the league.
Derrick Henry "definitely looks faster this offseason."
The huge second year-back caught two deepballs in one minicamp practice this week, something pretty crazy for a 6'3", 235 pound running back. Henry already averaged 10.5 yards per reception as a rookie, but it's scary to think he can do more on passes down the field. Henry is a unique player, with a size/speed combination that is almost unseen—being different is probably why the former Heisman winner slipped to the second round in the draft. DeMarco Murray will be the lead back for the Titans this season, but Henry will get his touches.
Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said the team "will find ways to use" both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry.
Robiskie said he was very happy with Henry's play as a rookie last season, and pointed out the Kansas City game when he had nine carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans are also happy with Henry's work ethic while he was finishing his degree at Alabama (which isn't a surprise for Henry, who obviously has no issue with working out). Earlier this offseason, it was indicated that Murray would still be a workhorse, but Henry will also get his touches. The team was a run-oriented offense last season, but they might rely on Marcus Mariota's arm more this season after they added some more weapons for him. Both backs should get enough touches though. Murray should be a solid RB1 once again, while Henry will likely be a boom/bust FLEX option in standard leagues to start the season.
Derrick Henry has reported to Titans voluntary workouts.
Henry was finishing up his semester at Alabama, but is now with his team and "in very good shape for this time of year," according to running backs coach Sylvester Croom. While in Tuscaloosa, Henry certainly was hitting their world-class weight room and staying in great shape. Henry will be among the best handcuffs in fantasy this season, and he could deliver some standalone FLEX value, as he did at times last season.
Derrick Henry is enrolling in classes at Alabama, hasn't spoken to head coach Mike Mularkey since voluntary workouts began, according to The Tennessean.
So Henry does have a good reason for missing workouts. He's continuing his education at Alabama, and there is no question he's staying in shape at the Alabama training facilities. Perhaps there should have been more open communication about this, but Henry should definitely be back for mandatory workouts after his semester is over in early May.
Derrick Henry did not report to Titans voluntary offseason activities today.
While it is voluntary, Henry not showing up is a bit of a surprise. Mostly everyone shows up for offseason team activities, and Henry is a guy you typically expect to be there. Anyway, Henry is no doubt staying in great shape and should be a nightmare for opposing defenses in the Titans backfield along with DeMarco Murray.
Derrick Henry had 15 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' finale.
Henry got more work than DeMarco Murray, partly because the game could not do anything to get Tennessee into the playoffs. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner finishes his rookie season with 110 carries for 490 yards (4.5 YPC) and five touchdowns rushing, with 13 receptions for 137 yards. Henry has DeMarco Murray in front of him, but he's obviously proven to be a great pick by the Titans in the second round of the draft, and it's a mystery as to why he was selected that low. He's a unique talent because of his blend of size and speed, which may have scared off some teams because he's different. Henry should get more work next season, and could push for some RB2 value.
Derrick Henry gets only four carries for 13 yards against Jacksonville.
He also had two catches for 22 yards. This was much different than their first matchup earlier in the season. The Titans will look to find more room to run next week, but Henry won't be a great fantasy option against the Texans.
Derrick Henry scores twice in Week 15.
Henry had nine carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. The first touchdown was a carry at the goal line that Henry just got in the endzone and the play stood after a review. It's the 2015 Heisman winner's first career game with two touchdowns, and he should have a lot more in his future. He gets the Jaguars next week, and he had 60 yards and a touchdown against them in their first matchup. Again, he's a FLEX option behind DeMarco Murray.
Derrick Henry rushed 12 times for 42 yards in the Titans' 13-10 win over the Broncos, adding one catch for five yards.
The Titans wisely attacked Denver on the ground, leading to a good amount of touches for Henry behind DeMarco Murray and his 21 carries. A similar strategy will likely be used for next week's game in Kansas City, so Henry has some FLEX value for Week 15.
Henry leads Titans in rushing yards; scores in Week 12 win.
The rookie rushed eight times for 60 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown. After playing just three snaps a week ago, Henry was much more effective than DeMarco Murray (17 carries for 43 yards). The Titans have a Week 13 bye before facing Denver in Week 14; Henry might have FLEX value against a weak Broncos run defense.
Derrick Henry plays three snaps in Week 11.
Henry didn't see much action, likely because the Titans fell behind and DeMarco Murray is a superior receiver/pass protector at this point. Henry is an elite handcuff, but that's it for now.
Henry rushed 9 times for 31 yards in Sunday's win over the Packers.
The rookie didn't have much to do with Murray and Mariota dominating, but he remains a must-own as the top keeper in the league. Henry would be a top-5 option if something happens to Murray this season.