One day before our great nation celebrates the Fourth of July will mark exactly six months since the last time Tennessee Titans fans saw their favorite football team in action. Things didn’t go according to plan as the two-tone blue and their fans walked out of Nissan Stadium on the wrong side of a 20-13 final score.
It’s been all about getting back on the field ever since as Titans fans want to put that one further in their rear-view mirror as quickly as possible.
After an AFC Championship Game appearance one year prior, a loss in the Wild Card Game definitely wasn’t the goal. Looking ahead, Tennessee has a chance of posting back-to-back seasons with more than ten games in the win column for the first time since they accomplished the same feat in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Derrick Henry opens up in a recent Tennessee Titans presser.
You probably don’t need to have this explained to you if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. Here’s a reminder anyway though. If this team expects to make a deep playoff run, Derrick Henry figures to be a big part of why that will happen.
Recently, The King sat with the Tennessee media and touched on a wide variety of topics including his excitement about Julio Jones joining the team and how the two NFL stars met at Alabama, but here’s something that he said about his preparation for 2021 that will have Titans fans grinning from ear to ear.
"Basically, I have been doing the same thing I have been doing each and every offseason, working out, staying in shape, getting ready for the season, ready for training camp, making sure my body feels good. I’ve been working out with Melvin (his trainer). (He has been) getting me right with all his different ideas on all the workouts he comes up with to make sure my body is in shape, running hills and doing stuff on the field, and working on everything possible I can get better at so I can come back (ready)."
Come back ready? Really? King Henry, a year ago without the benefit of a full NFL offseason thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, ripped the NFL apart, galloping his way to one of the most productive seasons in NFL history.
When the curtain closed on the 2020-2021 campaign, he had run for over 2,000 yards (only seven other men have done that in NFL history by the way). As you might imagine, that gave him the rushing title for the second year in a row.
Henry also added led the NFL in rushing touchdowns for the second season in a row and added an NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, another Pro Bowl nod, and a First-team All-Pro designation to his resume. Imagine what he might have done had he had more time to prepare with his teammates.
There may have been some concern about his absence from voluntary OTAs, but don’t stress if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. The man needs to rest sometimes, doesn’t he? Ladies and gentlemen, at the risk of sounding overeager, here’s a theory that seems to be pretty safe. King Henry will put up huge numbers again in 2021.