AFC South Power Ranking: Colts, Titans, Texans, and Jaguars running backs
By Brady Akins
1. Tennessee Titans
It doesn’t get much easier than this, does it?
The Titans have the best running back in the NFL in Derrick Henry and frankly, I’m not sure that it’s close. The stat sheets favor Henry against the league’s best rushers in just about every category from 2019 (first in yards per game, tied for first in touchdowns, fourth in yards per carry) and his tape backs up his NFL running back crown even more than the numbers do.
Henry’s highlight reel is one of the most entertaining, jaw-dropping watches in all of the NFL, with the signature stiff-arm making for more than a few rewatchable plays from 2019 alone. With that move and the rest of Henry’s combination of size, strength, and speed, the Titans rode on his back through the regular season and into playoffs, which nearly paid off with an AFC Championship.
Added into the mix now too is Darryton Evans, the rookie running back out of Appalachian State with the skillset to bring everything to the Titans running back room that they were missing with Henry. Evans showed his strength to catch passes out of the backfield in college, something that Henry struggles with. He’ll be bringing his hands and 4.4 speed to Tennessee to make what might be the best 1-2 running back punch not just in the AFC South, but in the NFL.