Titans: Reasons for optimism and concern in 2nd half of 2019
Optimism: Derrick Henry
We saw just how much of a monster running back Derrick Henry can be late in a season. In fact, he nearly carried the Titans to the playoffs all by himself in 2018.
In the last four weeks of last season, Henry totaled 585 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, including two games that saw him rush for 238 and 170 yards, respectively.
The Titans were 3-1 in that stretch, and if not for a Marcus Mariota injury that forced Blaine Gabbert into action in Week 17, Tennessee might have gone to the playoffs.
With the slate of games upcoming, the Titans will need every bit of god mode Henry to emerge. A back like Henry, who is both a bruiser and a guy who can make house calls from anywhere on the field, is a perfect combination to wear down defenses that might be tired late in the season.
Henry has totaled 581 rushing yards and six total touchdowns thus far, and while he’s on pace for the highest rushing yardage output of his career, there is still plenty of room for improvement with his 3.8 yards per carry. Henry has the ability to win games by himself, and the Titans are going to need that ability in spades the rest of the way.