5 Titans who could lose their job to rookies in 2023

Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans / Mark Zaleski / The Tennessean / USA
3 of 5

No. 3 Titans veteran who could lose his job to a rookie: Derrick Henry, RB

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end and we're close to the end than the beginning of Derrick Henry's reign as the top running back in the NFL. While the Alabama product had to share the backfield with DeMarco Murray his first two seasons, Henry showed in 2018 that he could be a workhorse when he toted the rock 215 times for 1,059 yards with 12 touchdowns.

But he was just getting started.

The following year, the King proceeded to rack up 303 carries for 1,540 yards with 16 touchdowns and helped the Titans reach the AFC Championship. Since then, Henry has gone on to log 4,502 yards and 40 rushing touchdowns, firmly establishing himself as the best running back in the league.

On the other hand, Henry has gotten a heavy workload over the last five years and it's fair to wonder how long he can keep playing at a high level. Although he displayed significant signs of wear and tear last season, Tennessee drafted Tyjae Spears to take some pressure off his shoulders in 2023. Henry is still slated to be RB1 on the depth chart but if Spears impresses early on he could take some playing time away from his veteran counterpart.

Keep in mind that Spears is a solid pass catcher out of the backfield and brings another dimension to the offense. That could in turn help him get on the field on third downs and if he succeeds, he won't be spending too much time on the sidelines in 2023.

Make no mistake, Henry still has gas left in the tank but father time remains undefeated and if he starts to show signs of decline, the coaching staff won't hesitate to go with Spears.