The Tennessee Titans offense has struggled this season, and part of that is lack of production from the running game and third-year back Derrick Henry. The Titans and Henry will have their hands full with the Dallas Cowboys defense when they meet November 5 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The Titans offense should be better. They have what is expected to be an up-and-coming quarterback in Marcus Mariota, who has shown hints of brilliance. A spark in the passing game would surely take some pressure off the running game, just as a solid running attack would help the pass threat. However, gone this season is veteran DeMarco Murray, who retired after being released by the Titans, following two seasons of sharing the backfield with Henry with solid results.
Henry’s potential should be limitless. A power-back and Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama, Henry was a workhorse during his college years and NFL scouts expected much of the same. The Titans drafted him in the second round of the 2016 draft and he was the second running back to be drafted behind the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott.
Paired with Mariota, the Titans see a solid one-two punch in their offense. But with Mariota also struggling, defenses can simply stack the line against the running game, putting the ball in the quarterback’s hands. The Titans are very much alive in the AFC South division, and will need both of their young players to step up if they are to get to the next level.
Full Name: Derrick Lamar Henry Jr.
Born: January 4, 1994
Birthplace: Yulee, Florida
Height/Weight: 6 foot 3 inches/247 pounds
Team: Tennessee Titans, 2016 – present
Draft: 2016 Round 2, Pick 45 by Tennessee
Position: Running Back
Honors and Achievements: CFP Champion, 2015; Heisman Trophy winner, 2015; USA Today High School All-American, 2012