Time to scale back Derrick Henry
Man, wouldn’t it be nice if the Titans had a backup running back?
Heading into the season Titans fans (myself included) thought that Derrick Henry was fully capable of shouldering the load of this rushing attack and that he would eat in a league where teams didn’t get to work on their tackling before the season started.
We were wrong.
Derrick Henry isn’t bad obviously, and he is going to do better as the season goes along, but people suggesting that everything is alright with him or that it is a problem with the offensive line just don’t know what they are talking about.
Henry’s runs look labored and he isn’t breaking tackles like he normally does. While his “yards after contact” stats look good, that is because glancing blows from players being blocked still count as “yards after contact” so anytime someone reaches out to hit him and he falls forward for 3 yards, those count as after contact yards.
Anyway, this shouldn’t be a problem for much longer because Darryton Evans practiced last week and I would assume that the Titans will try to get him on the field for the game vs the Minnesota Vikings.
In two games, Henry has 56 rushes compared to just 4 from other Titans running backs and like I said earlier, you can see that workload wearing on him. He needs to have some help and be taken out so that he can be the most effective, otherwise he is on pace to finish the season with 400+ rushes despite the fact that he isn’t really doing much positive for the offense.