Derrick Henry had a great 2018 for the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee Titans third year RB, Derrick Henry had a stellar season in 2018, especially the latter half of the season.
From Week 1 through 9, Pro Football Focus had him graded as a 71.2. That number put him as the 25th rank running back in the NFL.
However, Henry had a great bounce back from Week 10-17 PFF had Henry as the highest graded running back in 2018 at 89.6.
Henry’s overall numbers received a huge boost in the second half of the season with games against Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants where Henry averaged 8.16 yards per carry in just those 2 games alone.
For the season Henry had 215 attempts with 1,059 yards, averaging 4.93 per carry with 12 touchdowns.
When you look at the first half of the season Henry was splitting running duties with Dion Lewis, which caused Henry’s low numbers. A game plan shift was obvious for the Tennessee Titans after the London game against the Los Angeles Chargers in which Henry had his first touchdown of the 2018 season and carried that into a 3-week streak of scoring at least one touchdown.
In 2018, Henry only had two games where he averaged less than three yards per carry. On the other side of the coin, his highest yards per attempt average came against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he managed an astounding 14 yards per carry. It certainly helps when you have the longest run in NFL history to boost your average.
Henry will need to keep the momentum going from the second half of the season in 2018 into the 2019 season, or it could spell trouble for the 4th year running back out of Alabama.
With yet another new Offensive Coordinator in Arthur Smith, a lot of eyes will be on number 22 in 2019. Henry has high expectations and looks to be more of a fixture in the Tennessee Titans offense this upcoming season.