Derrick Henry is the Tennessee Titans lead back


The Tennessee Titans may be ready to switch running backs.

I have been a pro DeMarco Murray guy since the Tennessee Titans traded for him, but Derrick Henry will get his chance now.

The reports are that Murray has a slight hamstring issue. While I don’t expect him to miss any game time, I could see him missing some snaps and carries.

In the latter part of Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars Derrick Henry really got going. In fact he ended up with 14 carries for 92 yards. All that was in spite of the fact that Henry was conceding extra yards to keep the clock running.

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His 6.6 yards per carry was enough to make him the most efficient running back in the game on either team and he looked even more impressive than that. All that and a touchdown make it hard to keep him on ice much longer.

New numbers came out after the game that maybe the Titans quietly believe that Henry is every bit the top back that Murray is:

The two split carries about 45/55 over the last three games with Henry ending strongly and Murray not as dominant.

With a game against the Seattle Seahawks ahead, you want to have confidence in the running back position. If the Titans think that they can block up the Seahawks front, then maybe they come out of the gates with Derrick Henry.

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Now, if Murray is absolutely 100% healthy then you probably come out with him just because of what he offers you as a pass blocker and as a smart dump-off target.

However, I thought that it would be a least a season until we saw Henry as a co-starter at the running back position. I am less and less confident about that after seeing his dominating performance today.