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Is this Derrick Henry’s Year??? – S. Witriol

by Shaun Witriol

Is Derrick Henry for real? Last year we saw a glimpse of what Henry was capable of doing at the end of the season, and maybe the Titans have finally figured out that their franchise quarterback is not very good. Maybe they finally figured it out!

Prior to Weeks 14 and 15 Derrick Henry was competing with Dion Lewis for a running back by committee position, and it wasn’t until Week 14 when the Titans let Henry loose and he went for a 99 yard TD run that led to a 238 yard day with 4 TD’s. The next week we saw him carry the ball for 33 times for 170 yards and 2 TD’s.

You might remember those games if you didn’t receive the bye in your league and left Henry on your bench. Tell me how much fun those losses were for you?!?!

The Titans may have finally figured it out with their struggling ball club. They had no Wide Receiver help, and their Quarterback has been a dud for the past few seasons. The offensive line was ranked 25th according to ESPN, and they continued to run the same plays week in and week out.

This year they brought in Rodger Saffold and released Kline, brought in Adam Humphries and bumped Corey Davis down. Now Humphries is not the top WR that everyone is waiting for, but hey, neither is Davis. He has had 3 years to develop, and nothing has come to fruition.

Saffold will bring more experience and talent to a struggling offensive line that ranked 25th last year in total yards, and the more weapons should at least help them avoid stacks against Henry.

So, the question here is can this be Derrick Henry‘s year? The answer is a solid maybe! If the Titans were playing the same schedule, I could see Henry having the opportunity to get 20 carries a game for around 4.2 yards a carry and around 8 TD’s on the year. That’s 1,344 yards on the ground.

However, the Titans have one of the tougher schedules in the NFL this year. They have the 9th most difficult schedule in the league based on the 2018 winning percentage for all combined teams, .515. 7 of the games are against playoff teams from last year, and that also doesn’t count the revamped Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

Derrick Henry doesn’t catch passes, only had 15 all season last year, and the Titans will most likely be behind in every game they play. Marcus Mariota will have to look for Humphries and Walker to make the games close, and Henry will have to hope for a lead early to get 20 carries a game.

Henry will be a good stash as your 3rd or 4th RB, but I wouldn’t expect to get anything out of him. His schedule, his line, and his offense are all up in question right now. Look for Henry to finish the season around 800 yards and 6 TD’s.

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