One year after playing second fiddle to DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry is the best running back in Tennessee and it looks like the Titans have realized that.
Tennessee couldn’t find any rhythm on offense in the first half of today’s win over Jacksonville and Murray wasn’t going much to help, rushing nine times for 25 yards. He didn’t get a single carry after the opening drive of the second half as the Titans made Henry their feature back and he took full advantage of his opportunity, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.
The Titans were much more effective on offense with Henry, scoring 31 points in the second half and blowing the doors off of Jacksonville after mustering just a pair of field goals in the opening half. Unlike Murray, Henry was able to play the role of the bruise, dipping his shoulder pads and bouncing off the first person who tried to tackle him. During his 17-yard touchdown run, he plowed through not only one, but two defenders.
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The one area he does need to improve in, however, is the passing game, where he wasn’t targeted once today.
It was known once Henry was selected that Murray would be the stop-gap at running back and although it’s fair to mention that Murray is nursing a hamstring injury, Henry has shown that he is ready to handle the workload and the Titans showed today that they’re willing to put Murray in the backseat for that to happen.