RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans
|6-3, 247||Born: 7-17-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2|
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2017 Week 19 vs NE (12 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry flopped in the divisional playoff round after his big performance against the Chiefs. Henry managed only 28 rushing yards on 12 carries while hauling in three of four targets for 21 receiving yards. After back-to-back outings with over 20 carries, the game script did play a role in holding Henry back here. The Titans lost All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin in the first quarter, and it definitely showed as Henry simply could not find room at all as the offensive line was ineffective at opening up running lanes. Henry did not rush for over four yards on a single attempt as his biggest play of the game came on a 14-yard reception on a garbage down (3rd-and-31). Henry made a huge miscue to at the end of the first half as the Titans ran him up the middle on fourth-and-one, but Henry abandoned his blocks and tried to cut back around to the left before the Patriots absolutely swallowed him up for a big loss and turnover on downs. Overall, it was a disappointing the rookie to close out the season.
2017 Week 18 vs KC (23 / 156 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry's performance last week was night and day versus what we saw from him in Week 17 against the Jaguars. With 23 carries and two receptions, Henry amassed 191 total yards and a touchdown on what ended up being the best overall game of his career. Henry ran for seven or more yards three times before halftime as he had a respectable half, but he did put the ball on the ground once near the end of the first quarter. Thankfully for Henry, the fumble was knocked out of bounds by a Chiefs defender. Henry really got going in the second half though, where 149 of his total yards came. He started with a bang by hauling in a screen pass that he effortlessly took for 29 yards to move along the Titans' first touchdown drive of the game. Henry followed that screen pass up with a 13-yard run, evading at least three tackles before spinning for an extra few yards at the end of the play. Henry would have capped off this spectacular drive with a goal-line plunge for the touchdown, but Delanie Walker got called for a false start that negated the score. Henry did manage to find the end zone later in this game though as he had a magnificent 35-yard run early in the fourth quarter. With the help of a late audible to by Marcus Mariota to switch the run from the right to left side, Henry read his blocks perfectly as he weaved his way into the open field, accelerating beyond the Chiefs safety pursuing him as he made his way to the end zone. Henry then did an admirable job putting this game on ice for the Titans as he accounted for two big first downs within the final three minutes, including a 22-yard run with 1:52 remaining that virtually wrapped up the win.
2017 Week 17 vs JAX (28 / 51 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 66 / 1 rec)
Derrick Henry was a very patient runner throughout the day, but he was too hesitant most of the time as he came up short in a number of short-yardage situations. He received a career-high 28 carries, but Henry really squandered that workload on the ground as he only managed 1.8 yards per rush attempt for 51 total rushing yards. Henry's biggest play of the game came through the air though, not on the ground. Early in the second quarter, Henry took a screen pass 66 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The play was blocked extremely well as the Titans offensive linemen got downfield quick while Henry showed his acceleration and great reading ability to weave his way into the open field. Henry finished the play by turning on the afterburners and outrunning the Jaguars secondary to the end zone. On the Titans' next series, Henry took the first play up the middle for 13 yardsˇhis longest rush of the day. Later in the game, Henry and Marcus Mariota had a horrible miscommunication that would result in a bobbled handoff and fumble returned for a touchdown by the Jaguars. After the game, the Titans coaching staff attributed this miscommunication to Derrick Henry despite Mariota being charged with the fumble. With Demarco Murray sidelined, expect Henry to continue leading the Titans backfield in their playoff game against the Chiefs.
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw limited work again as he carried just eight times for 25 yards with a lone reception late in the game for six yards. Henry was used differently in this game as he was brought in to spell Murray instead of what we had been seeing in recent weeks where the Titans allotted an entire series to one running back or the other. Henry came in for one or two touches on five of the Titans' first seven possessions of the game, but he never did get an entire series to himself. With Murray's knee injury likely keeping him sidelined next week, Henry will take over for the Titans as their workhorse running back in Week 17.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was relatively invisible during this week's game as he was out-touched by Demarco Murray 19-9. With a pass-heavy game script for much of the game, the Titans elected to give more snaps to Murray as the better run-blocker. Henry saw just one carry in the first half before getting in the game for an entire drive to close out the third quarter on which Henry saw eight of his nine touches. Henry was actually the focal point of that drive as the ball went to him on eight of 12 plays with the drive resulting in a touchdown. The Titans have definitely had some success with Henry in the backfield, he just still is not being afforded the opportunity to contribute outside of a series here and there per game.
2017 Week 14 vs ARI (8 / 20 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Henry's longest run of the game came early in the second quarter as he took a routine handoff up the middle for nine yards. On the same drive, Henry busted a run to the left from the six-yard line to find the end zone. The extra effort on the end of that run to use the stiff arm and dive for the pylon was spectacular. Outside of his plays on this drive though, Henry was bottled up as he finished with just 20 yards on eight attempts as the Titans offense floundered.
2017 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 109 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry finished with an equal amount of carries as Demarco Murray here but outshined Murray on the stat sheet due mostly to two big plays on the day. Henry had a carry midway through the second quarter on which he made a nice move in the backfield to evade one tackle, then shed off a couple more tackles on his way to near the end zone before having the ball popped out from behind him. Thankfully for Henry, the ball barely missed the pylon and went out of bounds instead of through the back of the end zone, which would have been disastrous for the Titans. Henry's other big play was the 75-yard game-icing touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Henry took the pitch out of the backfield and absolutely turned on the burners as he blasted through the arms of defenders and simply outran the Texans secondary with his astonishing speed. Outside of those two plays, most of Henry's gains were minuscule as he would have averaged around 3.5 yards per attempt without that 75-yard run factored in.
2017 Week 12 vs IND (13 / 79 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry definitely started slowly in this game as he had five touches for three yards through the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, however, the light bulb kicked on for Henry and the Titans' offense as they gave Henry nine touches that quarter with his first five plays going for at least seven yards each. Henry started what would be the Titans' game-winning drive with a nice 10-yard screen reception up the middle for 10 yards, followed by back to back bruising runs to help continue moving the chains. After a chunk passing play, Murray then busted a huge 14-yard yard run through a massive hole on the left side of the line to help get the Titans into the red zone. On the next play, Henry carried for nine yards followed by another carry up the middle for two yards on the next play to get the Titans to the one-yard line. Then, the Titans pulled Henry and allowed Demarco Murray to grab the one-yard touchdown run despite Henry accounting for 52 of the Titans 77 total yards on that drive. Henry would continue his contribution through as he iced the game late in the fourth quarter with a first-down run of 16 yards - his longest play of the game.
2017 Week 11 vs PIT (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry ran seven times for 32 yards last week, looking much better than his counterpart Demarco Murray. Henry saw a couple carries on a drive midway through the first quarter, then he had an entire series with the offense midway through the second quarter which was started by a big 16-yard run to the right-his longest run of the game. Henry finished with seven carries to Murray's eight, but Henry didn't see a single carry after halftime. Until the Titans coaching staff give some indication of a change in the guard, Henry is still second fiddle to Murray.
2017 Week 10 vs CIN (11 / 52 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Henry did not look great in his limited opportunities despite the fact that he was more efficient on the ground than Demarco Murray. On a drive midway through the third quarter, Henry received a carry but stumbled to a one-yard loss. A few plays later, Henry was targeted on a dump off but dropped the ball as he started to run before focusing on bringing in the catch. Henry had another opportunity to make a play with his hands in the fourth quarter, and although Mariota threw it slightly high, it bounced off both of Henry's hands. Henry did bust off a nice run for 23 yards early in the second quarter, but this was one of his only notable highlight. Henry continues to split carries with Murray, which is encouraging for his prospects but still frustrating for fantasy owners.
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (8 / 26 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry did not look sharp for the second game in a row as he only amassed 36 yards on 10 touches. Henry did salvage his day with a touchdown, exhibiting patience as he saw none of his holes open through the offensive line before deciding to bounce the run to the left as he easily walked it in untouched for the one-yard score. Outside of that, Henry was very lackluster on the ground as he now has only 39 rushing yards from 21 carries over his last two games despite receiving a nearly even workload with Demarco Murray.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (13 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Henry was far from productive this week, gaining only 13 yards on his 13 carries while hauling in two catches for 11 yards. The ground game for Henry was plagued by big negative plays as he lost 14 yards on three carries during this game. Henry played 30 snaps compared to the 43 of Demarco Murray, despite Murray's ongoing hamstring issues. The Titans brought Henry in for a fourth down play from the one yard line, but he could not punch it in to give the Titans their first touchdown. Henry was the featured back of the next couple of drives after that goal line opportunity, and he did break off a couple of decent runs for eight and nine yards, but these were his only flashes of excellence in this rough outing.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (19 / 131 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry led the Titans in rush attempts with a season-high 19, finishing the game with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. After coming off a season-low four and six carries in his past two games with only 16 rushing yards combined, the Titans wanted to make sure Henry got more involved here. That, combined with Murray's lingering hamstring issue, led to Henry leading the team in rush attempts. For most of the night, Henry was relatively held in check with most runs going only a couple yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Henry had a good series midway through the second quarter as he strung together three runs of 7-8 yards each in a row. Henry also hauled in his only target for a nice 14-yard gain early in the fourth quarter to help keep the Titans game-tying drive alive. The big highlight for Henry came in the game's final seconds as he busted off a 72-yard touchdown run to put the game away for the Titans. This run was very much in garbage time, as it appeared that the Colts defense simply quit as Henry easily accelerated past them for the score. Without this big play, Henry would have had a very mediocre day on the stat sheet as he was averaging less than 3.3 yards per carry until that point.
2017 Week 5 vs MIA (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was very quiet this week as he only received four carries for a total of nine yards. Henry was not on the field much here, as he appeared to be an afterthought compared to Murray's 18 touches. Henry's first carry of the game came late in the first quarter, and it was his best play of the game as he rushed for 11 yards by bouncing to the left side with help from his wide receiver blocking. Henry's next carry came a couple drives later and was not as spectacular, as he tried to similarly bounce a run to the outside but was stuffed for a five-yard loss.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry carried six times for only seven yards as the Titans were not in a great spot to run the ball after allowing the Texans to jump out to a very early lead. Henry's usage was encouraging as he received a fairly even workload with Murray, but Henry simply was not finding holes against this tough Texans front seven.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry averaged 4.2 yards per carry on his 13 attempts, only one fewer attempt than Demarco Murray. Henry also added one 10-yard reception. Henry had a nice run midway through the third quarter, blasting up the middle through a huge hole for a seven gain. He followed that up with pushing the pile for a hard-fought first down on the very next play. Henry's longest play of the day came early in the fourth quarter as he bounced out to the edge for a 26-yard gain, showing that he can turn on the burners if needed instead of his normal between-the-tackles bruising style. Henry and Murray basically alternated series in the second half, with both proving to be rather productive despite Henry being out shadowed by Murray's big 75-yard touchdown run. Henry remains second-fiddle in this backfield as long as Murray is suiting up.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (14 / 92 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry shined this week when after being allotted some consistent playing time with Demarco Murray sidelined (tight hamstring). Henry only touched the ball twice in the first half, followed by 12 carries coming after halftime as the Titans featured a very run-heavy game script once they secured the lead. Henry scored the Titans' first touchdown on his first carry of the second half as he easily shed away two Jaguars defenders before absolutely trampling the final one over the goal line for the 17-yard touchdown - his longest carry of the day. Henry looked very powerful on that touchdown run, and throughout this game, as he racked up a career-high 92 rushing yards while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry managed to gain 25 yards from his six rushing attempts against the Raiders this week. While his stats were nothing to write home about, Henry was allotted half as many carries as Demarco Murray (6 for Henry, 12 for Murray). Henry was in the game for all of the Titans' third series, on which he received four of his six carries for 15 yards. Henry showed great explosiveness when he had the ball in his hands, he just needs more of an opportunity to make him a true factor in terms of fantasy production.
Latest NewsTitans | Derrick Henry bottled up (Sun Jan 14, 12:01 AM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed 12 times for 28 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 13. Our View: Henry was a non-factor against the Patriots after breaking the back of the Chiefs at the end of the wild card win last week. The fantasy community will be watching the Titans offseason handling of Demarco Murray closely to determine Henry's value for 2018.
link to story Titans | DeMarco Murray ruled out (Wed Jan 10, 02:56 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has already been ruled out for the divisional round of the playoffs. Our View: There was a small chance that Murray would be back for the Divisional Round Game against the Patriots, but he just didn't heal quick enough. The Titans will once again turn to Derrick Henry as their lead back with Murray out.
link to story Titans | Derrick Henry expected to start (Sun Jan 7, 06:09 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is expected to start in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots, head coach Mike Mularkey indicated Sunday, Jan. 7. Our View: That's the smart move for the Titans. Henry can be their battering ram against the Patriots, and their best shot of winning comes if the young runner can have a big game.
link to story Titans | Derrick Henry has monster performance (Sat Jan 6, 08:02 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6. He also caught two passes for 35 yards during the game. Our View: Henry was the engine to the offense. With Demarco Murray banged up, the Titans should just continue to use Henry as their battering ram on offense. The Chiefs were often powerless to stop Henry, especially late with the game on the line.
link to story Titans | DeMarco Murray ruled out (Thu Jan 4, 01:13 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has been ruled out for the wild-card round of the playoffs with a sprained knee. RB Derrick Henry will start in his place. Our View: Henry is a fair runner who has had some nice games this season, and we think he could produce some decent numbers against Kansas City, though we are not expecting him to top the 100 yard mark. The danger is also that the Chiefs get enough of a lead to where Marcus Mariota has to throw the ball to get the Titans back into the game.
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