Ray Lewis says Baltimore Ravens biggest concern is Titans RB Derrick Henry
By Will Lomas
The Tennessee Titans exposed the Baltimore Ravens, just ask Ray Lewis.
It seems to happen every few years, an underdog team (let’s call them the Tennessee Titans) meets a team everyone claims is destined for a championship game (let’s call them the Baltimore Ravens) in the playoffs and steals a win.
But, that isn’t exactly what happened with the Titans and Ravens last season is it? No, what Derrick Henry did to that team fundamentally shook them. So much so that they went out and spent a first round pick on a linebacker after trading for Calais Campbell.
That might all sound like me pumping up the Titans, but I’m not the only one saying it.
No, this reflection comes from maybe the most memorable figure on that franchise’s history: Ray Lewis.
From the official site of the Baltimore Ravens:
"“If I’m anybody that’s playing linebacker right now, I’m saying, ‘Listen here man, Derrick Henry got to deal with me,'” Lewis said on “The Lounge Podcast”. “That’s a personal thing for me. I don’t like the way it went down and I got to see him. I’m going to dedicate this whole offseason to the person that ended my dreams. That’s what we did with (Tom) Brady. Prepare ourselves enough to get me back to that one position and lock that door and throw away the key. You ain’t getting out of here this time. It’s the process of never getting comfortable with losing.”"
Derrick Henry, ender of dreams
The thing with stopping Henry is that it rarely happens after he gets a taste of success against you. Saying that Derrick Henry ended the Ravens’ dreams last year is a perfect way to describe him because after he ends those dreams, he becomes a nightmare.
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Look at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even when they were contending for a spot in the Super Bowl, they quietly lost two games that season to the Tennessee Titans because Derrick Henry had become unstoppable against them.
Same thing with the Indianapolis Colts. In the last six meetings, Henry has only had less than 80 yards once, while he has had over 100 yards three times including their last matchup where 166 yards.
This is after teams made efforts to sure up their run defenses by adding Pro Bowl players like Darius Leonard and Marcell Dareus.
Just because Ray Lewis wants them to stop Derrick Henry, doesn’t mean that they will or that they can. In fact, as the league gets smaller to deal with three wide receiver sets, there are going to be fewer and fewer players that can stop Henry on first contact.
Now that the Ravens fan base and players are afraid of Henry, let’s see if they can be the first to rise to the challenge of stopping him.