RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans
|6-3, 247||Born: 7-17-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
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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
2018 Week 17 vs IND (16 / 93 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a productive outing as the only Titans player to rush the ball in his game. Henry's effectiveness was limited, however, due to the inability of this offense to sustain drives with Blaine Gabbert making a questionable decision in the passing game. Henry's day started with seeing a direct snap on the first play of the game that went for only three yards. He would have a couple chunk gains on the subsequent drives but really did not have a chance to show much before halftime. On the first play out of the locker room for the Titans, Henry busted a 19-yard run from a pitch that he took up the middle and cut to the left, stiff-arming his way to the outside before he turned on the jets to gain an extra 10 yards accelerating towards the sideline. Two drives later, near the end of the third quarter, Henry would start things off with another long run of 33-yards, his longest of the day. The play fooled the Colts defense and was very well-blocked by the Titans offensive line as Henry had a huge hole on the right and simple accelerated downfield outrunning Colts defenders for the big gain. Henry would see more direct snaps and heavy volume on the next drive, including a 13-yard reception coming off play action where Henry leaked down the middle of the field to convert a third down.
2018 Week 16 vs WAS (21 / 84 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry carried the Titans offense again as he was leaned upon heavily. Henry out-touched Dion Lewis 22-6 as he was the unquestioned lead runner this week. He started off with a great first drive, amassing 19 rushing yards with a number of chunk running plays along with a sweep pass in front of Mariota that he took for eight yards to the right. Henry would cap the drive off with a touchdown from the goal line as he bounced to the right from a crowded line of scrimmage, was tripped up, but barely extended the ball over the goal line before falling down. Henry was quiet in the second and third quarters, but he did nearly pass for a touchdown late in the third quarter had he not overthrown an open Luke Stocker. Henry would be integral to the game-winning touchdown drive as he rushed for 33 yards on four carries, including a 14-yard run straight up the middle that displayed his power and quickness.
2018 Week 15 vs NYG (33 / 170 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
This game was all Derrick Henry for the second week in a row as he finished an astounding 33 carries while the Titans ran on over two-thirds of their offensive plays. Henry got the start and had a productive run with his first touch by making great reads to weave his way through the defense for 10 yards. He would follow that up with a couple of powerful six-yard runs up the middle. The second drive of the game is where Henry would find paydirt on a powerful run from the goal line on fourth down as he cut left away from the center of the pile to easily drive the ball into the end zone for his tenth rushing touchdown of the season. Henry would showcase his powerful running style throughout this game as he consistently evaded tacklers to pick up yards after contact. He found the end zone a second time from the goal line late in the third quarter as he continued to pile on yards. Henry even completed a six-yard pass to Tajae Sharpe in the first quarter to add another dimension to his stat line.
2018 Week 14 vs JAX (17 / 238 / 4 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had one of the best games in NFL history for a running back. He saw his first carry on the first drive after a long reception from Dion Lewis. He found a nice hole to blast through for 14 yards on that first touch, then just two plays later, Henry would hammer it home from three yards out for yet another touchdown from within the five-yard line. This would be his sixth rushing touchdown from within the five this season. One of the highlights of Henry's career would come just a couple series later as he took it to the house for a powerful 99-yard touchdown run. Showing shades of Marshawn Lynch, Henry took advantage of a simple seam and should have been stopped by cornerback A.J. Bouye, but Henry gave him a hard stiff-arm and kept pumping downfield. He then shed a couple more defenders near the sideline, showing great balance to keep himself inbounds as he powered his way all the way into the end zone to stamp his name on the list in a tie for the longest touchdown run in history. Henry continued to run through tacklers in the second half, taking a few snaps out of the wildcat for chunks of yards on their first drive after halftime before running straight through the middle of some inept tackling of the Jaguars defense for his third touchdown of the night from 16 yards out. If it couldn't get any better, the Titans would force a turnover and on the very next offensive play, Henry took it to the house for a a fourth touchdown as it appeared the Jaguars defenders mailed it in with very poor tackling on the 54-yard touchdown run.
2018 Week 13 vs NYJ (10 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry led the Titans in carries with 10 as he finished with a respectable 40 yards and a touchdown considering the relatively soft workload. Neither Henry nor this Titans offense could get much going in the first half. Henry did contribute with a couple productive runs on their final drive before halftime, but one of them was called back due to a defensive penalty. Midway through the third quarter, Henry had a nice first down run of 11 yards to put the Titans near the goal line before he was afforded the opportunity to punch it in on the very next play. Henry would initially be stopped behind his linemen, but on a second effort, Henry found a hole to the right and easily made it in for the short touchdown. With the Titans in pass-first mode during their second-half rally, Henry saw very limited looks for the remainder of this game.
2018 Week 12 vs HOU (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was not impressive in this one despite earning more carries than Dion Lewis for the first time since Week 6. Henry did have two nice downhill runs in the first half for decent gains of eight and seven yards, while he also fielded a few more direct snaps as the Titans continue to employ that package from time to time. Most of Henry's work came in the second half as he was featured heavily to kick off the half, including three rushes and a well-blocked screen pass that Henry took for eight yards. Henry would end up being the target of Mariota's only incompletion of the night, while he finished off the evening with an 11-yard reception that ended in Henry coughing up a fumble to end any hopes of another Titans score.
2018 Week 11 vs IND (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Henry ceded the start to Lewis again this week, as it wasn't until near the end of the first quarter when Henry saw his first action. It wasn't a great start for him though, as Henry rushed just three times for 2 or fewer yards on each attempt during the first half. Henry's next tough didn't come until the Titans' first drive of the fourth quarter when he basically closed out the game in garbage time as the featured running back on back-to-back drives. Henry had plenty of room to bust a 16-yard run up the middle on 2nd and 20 to gain 16 yards--his longest run of the day, but coming on another drive which would end in a punt. On the next drive, the Titans rode Henry hard as he rushed six times for 27 yards--amassing over half of his stats on that last drive of the game.
2018 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 58 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Henry had to wait until midway through the second drive of the game for his first touch as Dion Lewis started as the workhorse for this offense. Henry did a great job with his first opportunity though, taking a draw out to the right before accelerating upfield for a 10-yard gain. Henry continues to be the primary short-yardage back as he was given back-to-back goal-line carries on the Titans' final drive before halftime, converting the second for the one-yard touchdown as Henry ran in untouched. That goal line touchdown marked his third in as many weeks, all coming from the one-yard line. Henry would get going again midway through the fourth quarter as he ran five plays in a row to carry the Titans from the Patriots 37-yard line all the way into the end zone. Henry had gains of 15, five, and six yards before taking a direct snap from 10 yards out and easily waltzing into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.
2018 Week 9 vs DAL (6 / 27 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw his fewest snaps of the season this week, playing just 14 snaps (20%) compared to the 59 snaps (84%) alloted to Dion Lewis. Henry did not see many opportunities to start the game, but on his second carry of the night, the Titans placed him in the Power I formation at the goal line to allow Henry to do what he does best as he slammed into the end zone for the Titans' first score of the game. Henry would see just six touches after that touchdown, one of which netted him 12 yards as Henry found a nice hole using a cutback to set up his longest run of the game late in the third quarter.
2018 Week 7 vs LAC (12 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had one of the better games of his season despite averaging fewer than 3.2 rushing yards per attempt for the sixth time in seven games this season. Henry saw one fewer carry than Dion Lewis as he was relatively ineffective on the ground. It was positive for Henry to see the goal line work here as he found the end zone for the first time this season from one yard out to cap off the Titans' first drive of the second half. Outside of that touchdown, Henry's main contributions actually came through the air as he hauled in both targets on the day. The first was a short pass in space to Henry for 11 yards, while the second was another short pass off play action finding Henry with nobody around him. Henry accelerated upfield, received a great block, and actually made a defender miss as he picked up an extra few yards to cap off the 21-yard reception.
2018 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The rushing game could not get going for the Titans as the entire offense struggled this week. Four of Derrick Henry's seven rushing attempts came on the first drive for a combined nine yards to start the game. Henry would add one more carry before halftime, then rush just three times in the second half--none of which were effective plays. The Titans offensive line had a really bad game here as they could neither pass nor run block against a stout Ravens defensive front. With the combination of poor offensive rhythm and the need for Henry to chip in blocking, this game stacked up to what has been a routinely dreadful showing.
2018 Week 5 vs BUF (11 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was the starting running back, but he ended up getting out-touched by Dion Lewis 11 to 15. Henry saw the field for the first two Titans series, but with turnovers and ineffective plays, Henry only managed to run once for four yards. Henry took back over in the second quarter and had one of his best runs of the day on the second play of that drive. The run came on a second chance effort as he plowed into the back of his lineman, nearly being knocked down in the backfield, but instead bounced to the right and weaved between defenders for a 14-yard gain. Henry would bust off another 14-yard run in the Titans' last drive of the game, showing great vision to find his hole between the tackles as he accelerated upfield before being pushed by a defender for the last few yards.
2018 Week 4 vs PHI (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a rough day on the ground with limited touches as he managed only 3.0 yards per rush attempt. Henry's day started with surprise reception coming off a nice play-action fake by Marcus Mariota. It was a screen pass that Henry gained 13 yards on with great effort after the catch to charge downfield. Henry would haul in one more reception, but it was a busted screen pass that he lost six yards on. His longest gain of the day came early in the second quarter on a pitch to the left side that he took for 14 yards, bouncing off defenders to gain an extra few yards beyond the first down marker. Henry would have one more solid rush during overtime, but no other notable plays outside of that as he was used on a rather limited basis this week due to the Titans playing from behind for much of this game.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (18 / 57 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was the lead back for the second week in a row, out-touching Dion Lewis 18-to-12 overall with all 18 of Henry's touches coming on the ground. Henry picked up some tough yards as he finished with an almost identical stat line as Week 2. It was a difficult matchup in a sloppy offensive contest with many of Henry's runs going for only a couple yards here and there. Henry's highlight run came near the start of the fourth quarter as he led off the Titans' drive with a 14-yard run up the middle on a well-blocked play allowing Henry to use his speed to get past the front seven before powering through some arm tackles to pick up a few extra yards. This would be his only rushing attempt of greater than six yards on the day.
2018 Week 2 vs HOU (18 / 56 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite the inefficient stat line, this was a solid game for Derrick Henry. Henry out-carried Dion Lewis 18-to-14 here as he served as the primary early-down back on all but a couple series where Dion Lewis was featured. The game script was extremely run-heavy with Blaine Gabbert under center, so Henry feasted from a slew of carries. Henry even had the opportunity to take a few snaps in the wildcat formation on the second drive of the game, completing one shovel pass while running up the middle for some decent gains. Henry made The blocking was suspect all day long due to the absence of both starting tackles Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin in addition to a late scratch of backup right tackle Dennis Kelly. This certainly contributed to some of the short and negative runs by Henry as he was simply running into clogged holes.
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry started the game as the lead back and put together a few decent runs behind good blocking, but his efficiency was lackluster overall with only two of his runs resulting in more than three-yard gains. Henry was targeted once and hauled it in for five yards. After his high usage in the first quarter, Henry was basically an afterthought to Dion Lewis, who out-touched him 21-to-3. The game script may have played a role here with the Titans being behind and Lewis the better pass-catching back.
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