Tennessee Titans: Reasonable expectations for Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
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Derrick Henry #22, Tennessee Titans
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2. The Tennessee Titans can get another 2,000-yard season out of Henry.

All things considered, when you add everything up, the Tennessee Titans have a more-than-capable signal-caller in Ryan Tannehill. They have what might wind up being the most productive wide receiver tandem in Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. This team will be much improved on defense from where they were a season ago (they can’t be any worse).

Make no mistake about it though. This team’s success begins and ends with Derrick Henry. He’s their best player and their biggest star. How he goes, this team will go.

Again, carrying the ball more than 700 times makes one wonder if the long-term health of the game’s best running back is being taken into consideration. This is a team that’s run both Eddie George and Chris Johnson into the ground, but there’s another side to all of that. Giving the ball to Henry less often doesn’t make a lot of sense either.

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He needs to touch the ball as often as possible. He will touch the ball as often as possible, and with the 17th game, there’s no reason to believe that he won’t lead the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns again in 2021. A 2,000-yard rushing season is attainable, and as a matter of fact, it’s a reasonable expectation.

As long as he stays healthy, Derrick Henry will make history again as the first-ever NFL star to rush for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.