2. Derrick Henry, RB (2nd round 2016)
2016: 490 rush yards, 4.5 YPA, 5 TD, 13 receptions, 137 receiving yards
2017: 744 rush yards, 4.2 YPA, 5 TD, 11 receptions, 136 receiving yards, 1 TD
2018: 1,059 rush yards, 4.9 YPA, 12 TD, 15 receptions, 99 receiving yards
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Talk about a meteoric comeback, at the midpoint of the season I was one of Henry’s biggest critics. At that time it seemed like he was afraid of running inside the tackles and just didn’t seem to want to play behind his pads.
After a conversation with Eddie George, it seemed like Henry finally realized who he was supposed to be. He became a star, terrorizing linebacker foolish enough to try to catch him on the edge and bulldozing defensive backs on his way to the endzone.
It isn’t a huge play when you look at the final score, but the historic 99-yard TD might be a turning point in his career. Something seemingly awoke in Henry and for the final six games of the season he looked like an entirely different back.
If he can be that guy in 2019, the Titans will have a rushing attack similar to what they had when they went to the Super Bowl.