Odds of Titans star Derrick Henry earning another rushing title are high

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

You’ve heard people say things before about other stars in other situations, but it seems like it really fits here. The Tennessee Titans should be good, but they’re probably only going to go as far as Derrick Henry takes them.

Now, that’s not a knock on guys like Ryan Tannehill, Julio Jones, or A.J. Brown. They’re stars in their own rights, but despite the fact that there may be some explosiveness for this Titans team on the offensive side of the ball, games will no doubt be won and lost by this team by playing solid defense and employing an offensive attack that revolves around ball control.

Enter the aforementioned Derrick Henry. Perhaps you’ve heard, but they’re saying in NFL circles that this guy might wind up being pretty good.

The odds of the rushing title staying in Nashville with the Titans look good.

In his first five seasons with the Titans, Derrick Henry has already crafted a pretty impressive resume. A Second-team All-Pro in 2019, this young man led the league in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards that same year. He also earned a Pro Bowl nod before earning a First-team All-Pro designation in 2020.

Henry drove the point home by leading the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns for a second consecutive season last year, but he elevated his play by running his way into the 2,000-yard club (only seven other men have done that). Derrick also earned the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Award for his efforts.

Big things are expected of him again in 2021, especially with the 17th regular-season game now added. According to WynnBET, the odds of him leading the league in rushing again stand at +250. The second name on the list belongs to Dalvin Cook, and he isn’t anywhere close at +550. The rest of the top five looks like this: Nick Chubb (+650), Jonathan Taylor (+900), and Christian Mccaffrey (+1,000).

While all of that’s cool, there are two theories floating around that you’ve no doubt heard if you’re a Titans fan. One is this.

782 carries over the course of the past two seasons is a ton (that number includes what Derrick Henry has done in the postseason), and even for a back as talented as he is, it’s very easy to be concerned that the Titans might run him in the ground like they did Chris Johnson (also a member of the 2,000-yard club) and Eddie George.

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The other side of that coin is also easy to buy into. As much as we’d all like to state that Tennessee would be wise to give the ball to Henry less often in an attempt to keep him fresh, it’s hard to buy into a game plan that states a team will use the world’s greatest running back less often.

Again, the Titans’ season will go as Henry’s campaign does, and if Derrick has a big year, it could be a huge year for Tennessee as a whole. Be very encouraged if you’re a fan.