RB Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans
|6-3, 247||Born: 7-17-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs OAK (18 / 103 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was very busy early in this game, and he had nice run right out of the gate as he took one up the middle for seven yards on the first play of the game. He did get stuffed a few times on that drive, but also converted a key 3rd-and-1 with a powerful run behind his left tackle. Henry also showed great vision later in this first drive to cut back left after a pitch and accelerate to a 12 yard gain. Henry ran for two more 12-yard gains on the next drive, one of which ended in a touchdown as Henry took a pitch on the left side of the field and red his blocks well to basically walk into end zone for his first score. Henry would slow down a bit in the second quarter as an injury to his hamstring flared up, causing him to head to the locker room a few minutes before halftime. He was back on the field to start the second half though, and on the second possession of the second half, Henry would find the end zone for the second time on a well-blocked 10-yard run up the middle. He reached over the goal line to complete that run, barely breaking the plane for the score. On the next possession, Henry showed no signs of slowing down as he busted off a six-yard run along with his longest run of the day--24 yards--by squeezing through a tiny hole on the left side of the field and accelerating down the left sideline. That would be his last drive and gain of the day as Henry played no snaps in the fourth quarter due to the big lead and hamstring issue.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry was worked in here and there throughout the game, but only accounted for 5 total carries on the day as he was primarily used in either a decoy or blocking role. Henry's best play of the game came on what looked like a busted screen play, but Henry switched fields and accelerated through a number of tackles on his way to a team-high 29 yard gain. Henry also played a key part in the first Demarco Murray touchdown as he fooled Minnesota's defense on play action to set up the open look for Murray.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry again looked great in the limited work he received. His split of carries was much more even this week as Henry was afforded 9 attempts compared to Murray's 12, however Henry was not a heavy target in the passing game as he only hauled in 1 pass for 9 yards. Henry is a bruising runner, showing his ability throughout this game to break tackles and hit his usually small holes for short physical gains. The Titans brought him in on multiple occasions in short-yardage situations, and it wouldn't be surprising if Henry got some goal line work before the season is over. However, given the usage of Demarco Murray that we have seen thus far, Henry is not yet worth consideration as a starting RB option in most leagues or DFS formats.
2016 Week 3 vs OAK (10 / 45 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Henry continues to be productive in his second fiddle role to Demarco Murray. Coming in primarily in short-yardage situations or to give Murray a breather, Henry ran with power on every single attempt, looking like a really solid back that could be starting on a number of other teams. Henry had a big run in the 4th quarter that would have added at least 20 yards to his rushing total, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Henry's workload continues to rise each week as this was the first time he had double-digit carries, but he still will be only useful in very deep leagues and not playable in DFS quite yet.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (16 / 60 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a career day this week as he saw double digit snaps for the first time in three weeks. Even before the first half injury to Demarco Murray, Henry was heavily involved in the offense as he basically had the entire drive to himself to start the second quarter, capping it off with a 6-yard touchdown run that he bounced to the right side crossing the goal line untouched. This was the first touchdown of Henry's career. This was encouraging to see Henry more involved after receiving only three carries in the last two weeks, albeit this uptick in usage was due to Demarco Murray's injury. Henry will continue to play second fiddle going forward.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (8 / 60 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry's up and down usage continued this week as Henry had a very solid outing even with limited playing time. After seeing the field for only three snaps with no touches last week, Henry saw 14 snaps with eight carries for 60 yards and a touchdown this week. Henry had a few big plays, including a 17-yard scamper on a simple but well-blocked run between the tackles. Henry's other notable play was his 11-yard touchdown which was really manufactured by Henry as he did not like what he saw at the line of scrimmage, forcing him to bounce the run to the left side and accelerate in for the easy touchdown. It is tough to predict when Henry will be used, but with the ongoing health concerns of DeMarco Murray, Henry should be more of a factor going forward. Coach Mike Mularkey has also said they have discussed using Henry more in short-yardage situations, which would be a huge boost for his fantasy upside.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (12 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry saw quite a few snaps in this contest as he carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards. Henry looked great when he was on the field, showing his usual explosiveness and power. The Titans did give him a carry inside the five yard line, but he was stopped at the goal line before they brought in Demarco Murray on the next play for the touchdown. Henry now has 12 and eight carries in his last couple of outings, and coach speak around the Titans locker room says that Henry should continue to be involved in their offensive plan, particularly in short-yardage situations. Leaning heavily on the run game helped the Titans pull off the win this week, so look for a similar approach going forward.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (9 / 58 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry had a very productive outing on limited snaps, rushing for an average of 6.4 yards per carry for the first multi-touchdown game of his career--the only two touchdowns that the Titans would score. Over half of Henry's touches came on the first drive in the 2nd quarter, where Henry ran for first downs on his first two carries of the game. The Titans then fed Henry on the next three consecutive plays from the red zone, resulting in a four-yard touchdown run to cap off the drive. Henry's second touchdown can be debated to have come by chance, as Demarco Murray just hauled in a 15-yard reception before being pulled for Henry to get the goal line carry. However, the coaching staff had been wanting to get Henry more involved around the goal line anyways due to his bruising style of play and larger frame.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry did nothing of fantasy value in this game, rushing for only 13 yards with a couple receptions for 22 yards. Henry did have a nice 11 yard catch and run for a big first down to keep one of the Titans' drives alive. Henry has now received a very consistent 18, 17, and 17 snaps in the last three weeks, and he continues to be heavily involved in red zone packages and favored for carries near the goal line. However, he will not be a great option next week against the Texans' solid rushing defense.
2016 Week 17 vs HOU (15 / 65 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Derrick Henry rushed for his highest yardage total of the season with his fifth rushing touchdown--four of which game in the last five games. Henry looked good yet again this week, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He received a ton of work in this game, out-touching Murray 16 to 12 while seeing plenty of work in the red zone yet again. Henry had the only rushing touchdown for the Titans here, which was a goal line carry from the two that he plowed in. Henry will continue to serve in a backup role next season, but will be one of the best backups in the league based on his performance this year.