RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans
|6-3, 247||Born: 7-17-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
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General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 14: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Titans have one of the hottest rushing offenses in football over the past three weeks as they are simply rolling over opponents with an average of 201 rushing yards per game over that span. Derrick Henry has rushed for 149, 159, and 188 yards with five touchdowns in these past three games. He has broken at least one run of 30 or more yards in each of those games, but the big plays are only accentuating what has been a string of very dominant performances with consistently productive plays on behalf of Henry. He started the season as one of the least productive running backs on a per-carry basis, but Henry is yet again showing how he can excel late in the season as defenses are more worn down than they were to start the year. The Titans offensive line is playing tremendously as a run-blocking unit and ranks as one of the top tier offensive lines in the game according to Matt Bitonti of Footballguys. The Raiders run defense has actually been a solid unit despite the shortcomings of their passing defense. They are giving up a below-average 4.0 yards per rush attempt and the 12th-fewest rushing yards per game (103.6). Running backs have struggled to be productive on a consistent basis against this defense, as only two running backs have cleared 50 rushing yards against Oakland in the past five weeks. However, this group has also given up four rushing touchdowns to running backs over that while allowing over 100 rushing yards to Melvin Gordon in Week 10. Both Johnathan Hankins and P.J. Hall are their top run-stoppers on the inside, but the linebacker position poses a liability here--especially considering the Titans offensive line should have the edge in the trenches while Derrick Henry requires elite tacklers to bring him down at the second level.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Derrick Henry's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs IND (26 / 149 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had another massive day on the ground as he rushed for over 140 yards for the third straight week. The first play of the game could not have gone much worse for Henry though, as he was on his way to at least a 10-yard gain on a pitch to the left side when he had the ball punched out from behind resulting in a fumble. That would certainly be the low-light of his day though, as Henry came out on the next drive and ran five times, including a pair of eight-yard runs as he helped the Titans run down the field to their first touchdown. Henry would lead off the second quarter with three nice runs in sequential plays, including eight-yard run up the middle and a nine-yard pitch right where Henry showed great speed to find the edge. Henry kept it going after halftime as he busted a 34-yard run on hisw second carry of the half. It was a pitch play to the right side, giving Henry an extra few yards to build steam. That momentum came in handy as he basically ran right through a tackle about four yards past the line of scrimmage, which allowed him plenty of space to accelerate down the sideline before being caught by a defensive back. He would cap that drive off with a 13-yard touchdown run, coming off a nice jump-cut left before hitting his hole and stiff-arming a defender to help get him across the goal line.
2019 Week 12 vs JAX (19 / 159 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a monstrous day as he ran all over the Jaguars defense throughout the afternoon. The first quarter was relatively quiet for Henry, as he had some mediocre runs along with what would have been a 26-yard touchdown reception if not for an offensive holding penalty. Near the start of the second quarter, Henry got going as he strung together back-to-back chunk gains of 11 and 8 yards to jump-start what would end up being the first touchdown drive of the game for Tennessee. Things really got going after halftime as Henry would score two touchdowns within a 20-second span midway through the third quarter. His first was the big run of the game--a 74-yard touchdown. Henry ran through a gaping hole at the line of scrimmage before turning on his speed to basically blast through the secondary of Jacksonville, stiff-arming a defensive back while sprinting down the sideline on his way to the end zone. After a timely Jaguars turnover, Henry took his very next carry to the house as well--this time from just seven yards out as he made a great jump cut left of the line and powered his way across the goal line with the help of his offensive line giving him that last push. Henry would continue to pound away chunk gains for the rest of the game, but he did cough up a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter to close out what was an otherwise flawless outing.
2019 Week 10 vs KC (23 / 188 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry carried the Titans offense as he had another big day on the ground, showcasing his power and speed all day long. The afternoon was off to a relatively slow start as Henry had just under 50 rushing yards at halftime. He did show spectacular strength on a run near the end of the first half on which he appeared to be bottled up after gaining seven yards, but he powered forward with three defenders surrounding him for an additional five or so yards to complete a yard gain. The big one for Henry came midway through the third quarter as he hit a massive hole and got the benefit of two poor tackle attempts by Chiefs defenders as he made his way downfield for a 68-yard touchdown, outrunning the entire Chiefs secondary with his straight-line speed. Two drives later, Henry strung together more impressive runs of 12 and 14 yards before walking in a run from the one-yard line for his second touchdown of the day.
2019 Week 9 vs CAR (13 / 63 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Derrick Henry took a while to get going in this game as he finished with just four rushing yards from only two touches before halftime. He had a 13-yard gain on the second drive of the game called back due to a holding penalty, but that was his only notable play of the first half with Dion Lewis seeing more playing time than usual. Henry would get going out of the gate in the second half though, breaking off runs of 9, 7, 12, 7, and 8 yards as he was hard to bring down. Henry showed speed on a couple of those runs to the outside but also displayed his power as he was hard to bring down on a number of runs, including the eight-yard touchdown play. Henry found the end zone again near the start of the fourth quarter as he was the recipient of a screen from 23-yards out and took advantage of great blocking while also making a man miss on his way to his second receiving touchdown of the season.
2019 Week 8 vs TB (16 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was bottled up for most of the afternoon against one of the league's toughest run defenses. Over half of his runs before halftime actually went for negative yards, but he made up for it on his second carry of the game, which would be Henry's best play of the afternoon. Lining up from their own one-yard line, the Titans handed it to Henry who hit a very well-blocked hole as Henry sped into the second level and shed two tacklers on his way to a 34-yard run. Henry made a blunder just after halftime though, as he was on his way to a 10+ yard run but fumbled right at the first down marker as he committed the only turnover of the day for Tennessee. A couple drives later, Henry had another big run as he found the edge on the right side of the field and accelerated to an 18-yard gain. Henry would haul in his only reception of the game on that drive as well, taking a screen pass eight yards. He had another pair of big runs for 11 and 15 yards on the Titans' first drive of the fourth quarter, but his first one of 11-yards would get called back from a holding penalty. Henry's 15-yard run was a beauty though as he turned on the wheels for a toss right that he accelerated 12 yards before even being touched.
2019 Week 7 vs LAC (22 / 90 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw 23 touches and amassed over 100 yards and a touchdown in what would be a solid showing for him. He would finish with eight rushes of five or more yards, showing great burst throughout the afternoon. Henry had a great opportunity with a well-blocked screen just before halftime that he took for 18 yards, his longest play of the day. He followed that reception up with a big 12-yard run on a draw play up the middle where Henry showed his power to break through the line of scrimmage and shed another arm tackle before being brought down. He had another nice run midway through the fourth quarter as he read the line of scrimmage well, hit his hole, and made a great cut left to pick up eight yards and get the Titans into the red zone. Two plays later, Henry took a toss to the left to the corner and accelerated his way into the end zone from 11 yards out behind great blocking as he scored what would end up being the game-winning touchdown for Tennessee.
2019 Week 6 vs DEN (15 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was absolutely shut down this week. Despite rushing 15 times, he was held to just 1.9 yards per rush attempt with no run longer than six yards. The offense had absolutely no rhythm beyond a garbage-time drive late in the fourth quarter. Henry added one catch for five yards, but it truly was a game with no highlights for the Titans running back.
2019 Week 5 vs BUF (20 / 78 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw another healthy workload as he ran 20 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Henry's longest run of the day came late in the first quarter as he kicked off a drive with a 24-yard run. He showed excellent patience to wait on his blockers to set up the play down the right sideline, then he capitalized on an open hole to accelerate through on the way to his longest gain of the game. He would break free for another big gain, this time 17-yards, as Henry mowed over a group of three Bills defenders before being taken down just inside the Bills 10-yard line. Henry would follow that drive up with the goal-line plunge for the Titans' only touchdown of the game. Henry should have had a second touchdown on a solid eight-yard run up the middle, but it was nullified by an offensive holding penalty.
2019 Week 4 vs ATL (27 / 100 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a heavy workload from a favorable game script this week, rushing a season-high 27 times for 100 yards. This performance was predicated mainly on volume, as Henry sifted through a few negative gains and 0-5 yard runs. He did finish with a few chunk runs of note, including a 16-yard run late in the first quarter where Henry found the edge and accelerated down the sideline. Henry picked up 15 yards out of the wild cat late in the third quarter, highlighted by a big stiff arm and broken tackle as Henry found the edge. He followed that up with another big gain of 13 yards right up the middle on the very next play.
2019 Week 3 vs JAX (17 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Highlights were few and far between for Henry on a day where the Titans offense sputtered with poor offensive line play against a very stout Jaguars defensive front. Henry started off with a nice cut behind the line of scrimmage as he bounced his second carry to the right side for an eight-yard gain. He had another nice run a couple plays later, but it was called back due to a penalty. His longest run of the day went for 11 yards midway through the third quarter as Henry found a rare hole in the middle of the field. Beyond that handful of nice runs, however, Henry found very little room to run with a number of his attempts going for two or fewer yards. He would cap off a disappointing game with a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to somewhat salvage his stat line.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (15 / 81 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw another solid workload with 15 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He had a relatively quiet first half outside of a busy third drive, where Henry busted off a couple of long runs of eight and 12 yards while also taking a screen pass for nine yards. He would fumble on the goal line near the end of that series though, with one of his linemen recovering it to save the Titans' scoring chances. Henry would redeem himself after halftime though, finding the end zone on the first drive from two yards out. He followed up the touchdown with a 12-yard carry on his first run of the next drive. Henry would also string together three great runs to close out the third quarter, rushing for 11, 6, and 18 yards on consecutive plays. All but one of Henry's runs went to the right side of the offensive line in this game, as it was clear the Titans are not comfortable with the left side of their line with Taylor Lewan still serving his four-game suspension.
2019 Week 1 vs CLE (19 / 84 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 75 / 1 rec)
Derrick Henry was not finding much room to run early in this game, but he did make it count early in the red zone as Henry saw a couple of goal-line carries--one of which he punched in from the 1-yard line for the Titans' first touchdown of the season. On the first play of their next possession, Henry made a great read bouncing a run to the right side as he sprinted to an 18-yard gain. He followed that up with another good run a few plays later as he followed his blockers for a gain of eight yards. Overall, Henry would finish with 19 carries for 84 rushing yards as he saw ample opportunities to grind out tough yards on the ground later in the game. Where Henry flashed this week, however, was through the air as he owned the longest play of this game--a 75-yard screen pass that he took to the house for a touchdown late in the third quarter. The play was set up and blocked very well, but it was Henry who showed his acceleration and speed to sprint downfield as he outran the Browns defense.
Latest NewsTitans | Derrick Henry doesn't practice (Wed Dec 4, 04:56 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. Our View: Keep an eye on this situation as the week of practice goes on. Make sure Henry has a full participation on Friday before you plug him in for Week 14.
link to story Titans | Derrick Henry rolls up big numbers (Sun Dec 1, 08:59 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts and he hauled in three receptions for 17 yards. link to story Titans | Derrick Henry not on injury report (Fri Nov 29, 06:26 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Titans | Derrick Henry on field Friday (Fri Nov 29, 02:05 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) was seen participating in practice Friday, Nov. 29. Our View: Henry got in a full practice and his hamstring is not a worry this week. He'll be a top five running back play again this week vs. the Colts.
link to story Titans | Derrick Henry limited again (Thu Nov 28, 05:33 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 28. link to story More News
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