Well, once ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler began knocking out those top-ten players rankings, we all knew that this is how things would end up once we got to his list of running backs. If you’re a Tennessee Titans fan and a fan of Derrick Henry‘s you’re going to love this.
First, let’s back up for a second just in case some of you missed what’s been going on. This is a story that you’ll want to hear.
The Tennessee Titans star running back sits on top of the mountain.
Recently, Fowler spoke with a group of Henry’s peers around the NFL as well as scouts, coaches, and more than 50 league executives. He then used the info he gathered to create rankings of the top ten players at 11 different positions. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, Henry was at the top of his list of the National Football League’s best running backs.
It isn’t like he needs to do so, but here’s some of what was said in how Fowler explained the decision to place King Henry at number one.
"It’s tough to vote against a member of the 2,000-yard club. Henry became the eighth NFL player to crack that threshold thanks to a massive workload (378 carries) and 34 broken tackles, tops in the league.Some coaches and scouts prefer versatility in the passing game, which isn’t Henry’s strength. He has never caught more than 20 passes in a season, but Henry is so overwhelming as a pure runner with an offense built around his every move that he didn’t slip past sixth on any ballot… His 1,073 yards after contact topped all tailbacks by more than 300 yards."
Rounding out the rest of the top ten were the following: Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns), Christian Mccaffrey (Carolina Panthers), Saquon Barkley (New York Giants), Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys), Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers), Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals), and Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders).
Tennessee Titans fans will get a front-row seat to see a duel between the top two guys on this list in Week 10 of the coming season. As you know, Henry racked up a second-consecutive rushing title and Pro Bowl in 2020 on his way to 2,000 rushing yards and a First-Team All-Pro nod.
Alvin Kamara earned Second-team All-Pro honors and his fourth straight Pro Bowl nod after rushing for 932 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding another 756 yards receiving and five trips to the end zone as a receiver. It should be interesting to watch these two NFL greats lead their teams into battle on November 14th. Make sure you put a huge asterisk by that one.