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Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry

Running Back #22
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 8
Team: Tennessee Titans
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 247 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:25
Born:July 17, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 2 (45)
Draft Team:TEN

Derrick Henry: Signs franchise tender

Henry signed his franchise-tag tender Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Henry's decision to sign the tender hints at confidence in working out a multi-year contract before the July 15 deadline, though Titans general manager Jon Robinson suggested Wednesday that the two parties will wait until summer to hammer out details. Any concern about a holdout can probably be put to rest, as there's no advantage to signing the tender if Henry would consider missing games in the absence of a long-term deal.

April 2, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Waiting for contract negotiations

General manager Jon Robinson said Henry and the Titans will wait until summer to discuss a long-term contract, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

Analysis: A previous report made it sound like negotiations were imminent, but it now appears the Titans will wait until after the draft and possibly longer. The team placed a franchise tag on Henry in mid-March, providing four months to discuss an extension before the July 15 deadline. If no deal is worked out by that time, Henry could decide to leave the tag unsigned and miss part or all of training camp without sacrificing any of his $10.3 million franchise-tag salary. Most players that choose the holdout path rejoin their teams before Week 1, but Le'Veon Bell in 2018 was a notable exception.

April 2, 2020 6:57 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Discussing contract extension

General manager John Robinson said he wants to sign Henry to a long-term contract, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: The two sides have three and a half months remaining before the July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign extensions. Henry has made it clear he wants to stay in Tennessee, where his late-season 2018 breakout carried over to a massive campaign in 2019. Big contracts for running backs have mostly turned out disastrous in recent seasons, but Henry has the advantage of starting his pro career with lighter workloads in offenses that featured DeMarco Murray in the backfield.

April 1, 2020 12:38 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Receives non-exclusive tag

The Titans applied the non-exclusive franchise tag on Henry.

Analysis: As a result, the running back can receive offers from other teams, which the Titans would have then have the opportunity to match. In a scenario in which Tennessee declines to match, the Titans would be due two first-round draft picks. With that in mind, both John Glennon of The Athletic and Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site deem it unlikely that another team will extend Henry an offer.

March 16, 2020 9:06 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Gets franchise tag

The Titans have placed their franchise tag on Henry, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The team recently released change-of-pace back Dion Lewis, but the Titans have unsurprisingly decided to prioritize retaining the bruising Henry, who logged 303 carries for 1,540 yards and 16 TDs to go along with 18 catches for 206 yards and another two scores in 15 games last season. Henry is now slated to reprise his role as Tennessee's top back and will be taking handoffs from QB Ryan Tannehill, who the team has signed to a contract extension.

March 16, 2020 7:33 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Eyeing Zeke contract

Henry said Ezekiel Elliott's six-year, $90 million contract is "the floor" for what he'll be seeking this offseason, Rich Eisen of FOX Sports Radio reports.

Analysis: To be fair, Eisen asked a leading question and Henry merely agreed. There are a slew of teams with enough cap space to hand the 26-year-old a contract similar to Elliott's, but recent history mostly shows buyer's remorse with long-term deals for running backs. Henry does have one major advantage over Todd Gurley, Devonta Freeman and other positional counterparts, having averaged just 180 touches over his first three seasons before ballooning to 409 (including playoffs) in the final season of his rookie contract. Henry made it clear his preference is to stay with the Titans, though he presumably won't be thrilled if that happens via the franchise tag.

February 5, 2020 6:37 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Held in check

Henry carried the ball 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the team's AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Henry worked fairly effectively in the first half, racking up 62 yards on the ground while finding the end zone. However, he was largely scripted out of the second half gameplan as the Titans fell behind, receiving only three carries in the final two quarters. It was a disappointing conclusion to a tremendous postseason for Henry, who surpassed 200 total yards in the team's two victories. Now, Henry will turn his focus to inking a new contract as he enters the free agent market for the first time in his career.

January 19, 2020 4:19 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Tramples another elite defense

Henry rushed 30 times for 195 yards, threw a three-yard touchdown pass and brought in both his targets for seven yards in the Titans' 28-12 divisional-round win over the Ravens on Saturday.

Analysis: The final rushing numbers encapsulate how dominant Henry was against yet another elite defensive unit, while his unlikely touchdown pass was a perfect combination of precisely-timed playcalling by offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and flawless execution by Henry on a jump pass to Corey Davis. Henry now has at least 30 carries in three consecutive contests dating back to Week 17, a span during which he's accumulated a jaw-dropping 588 rushing yards and four scores on the ground in addition to the one through the air Saturday. Henry still appears fresh despite the heavy usage, which doesn't bode well for either the Texans or the Chiefs in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

January 11, 2020 9:05 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Runs over Patriots

Henry carried the ball 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown in the team's Wild-Card Round win over New England. He added one reception for 22 yards.

Analysis: Henry was the dominant force behind the Titans' upset win, accounting for 204 total yards. He had a number of long rushes, but was particularly dominant on the team's final drive before halftime, ripping off runs of 29, 11 and nine yards while also recording his lone reception. He capped off that drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to give the Titans a lead that they would never relinquish. Henry will look to continue his impressive form at Baltimore in the second round of the playoffs.

January 4, 2020 8:48 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Wins rushing title

Henry recorded 32 carries for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Henry concluded the regular season with a monstrous performance, surpassing 200 yards for the first time this season while also finding the end zone from three, one and 53 yards away. All told, he closed the campaign with 1,540 yards on the ground, good enough to win the NFL rushing title. Though his focus will be on the Titans' first round playoff matchup against New England, Henry will also be in line for a big payday this offseason as he is set to become a free agent. No matter where he lands, Henry has proven to be a workhorse back and should continue to see plenty of touches in 2020 and beyond.

December 29, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Practicing fully

Henry (hamstring) was listed as a full practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: With that, Henry, who sat out Week 16's loss to New Orleans -- is poised to return to action Sunday against the Texans. If the Titans win their regular-season finale, they'll advance to the playoffs, so Henry -- who's hoping a week off will do him some good -- figures to see as much work as he can handle in Week 17.

December 26, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Trending toward return

Henry (hamstring) was listed as full participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Henry sat out Week 16's loss to the Saints, but it looks like he'll return to action Sunday against the Texans, assuming he's able to practice fully once the Titans practice for real, come Thursday.

December 25, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Inactive Sunday

Henry (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Henry out, Dion Lewis is expected to head the Titans' Week 16 rushing attack, with Khari Blasingame and Dalyn Dawkins (promoted from the practice squad Saturday) on hand to work in complementary roles.

December 22, 2019 8:34 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Trending toward sitting Week 16

Henry (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, isn't expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Henry's likely absence was foreshadowed by the Titans' decision to downgrade him to questionable Saturday after he initially didn't carry an injury designation into the weekend following a full practice Friday. Evidently, Henry's lingering hamstring injury was still slowing him coming out of Friday's session, so he'll likely end up on the inactive list for the first time this season. With the NFL's second-leading rusher seemingly on track to sit out, Dion Lewis is expected to headline the Titans' running-back corps. Undrafted rookie Khari Blasingame and practice-squad callup Dalyn Dawkins could also have marginal roles in the game plan.

December 22, 2019 5:13 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Downgraded to questionable

Henry was downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints with a hamstring injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: This certainly isn't great news, made worse by the fact Dayln Dawkins was called up from the practice squad to act as a depth running back. Considering Henry, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue all week, initially didn't have an injury designation following Friday's practice, it's clear the powerful back has suffered some sort of setback, although the team did opt to rule him as questionable as opposed to something more serious. Still, fantasy owners will want to monitor his status heading into Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff against the Saints.

December 21, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Ready to roll Sunday

Henry (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In advance of each of the past four contests, the Titans have imposed some limitations on Henry's practice reps. This week, he followed an LP/DNP/FP regimen, leaving him free to take on a New Orleans defense that has allowed just 101 yards from scrimmage per game and 10 touchdowns to running backs in 14 outings this season.

December 20, 2019 12:04 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Back at practice

Henry (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Henry, who was limited at practice Wednesday, sat out Thursday's session, but he's expressed no doubt that he'll be available Sunday against the Saints. We'll revisit his status once the Titans' final injury report is released, to see if he's officially listed as questionable -- which seems likely -- or minus a Week 16 injury designation.

December 20, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Derrick Henry: Not practicing Thursday

Henry (hamstring) isn't present for Thursday's practice and will go down as a non-participant on the Titans' injury report, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While Henry's downgrade from limited participation Wednesday to no activity Thursday wouldn't seem to be a positive sign on the surface, he failed to practice in any fashion last week before gaining active status for Sunday's eventual loss to the Texans, during which he carried 21 times for 86 yards. Though he wasn't on the field Thursday, Henry told the media prior to the session that he has no intention of sitting out this weekend against the Saints, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site. Whether Henry carries an injury designation into the contest won't be known until the Titans release their final Week 16 injury report Friday.

December 19, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Derrick Henry: Logs limited practice Wednesday

Henry (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Henry didn't practice at all last week, before carrying 21 times for 86 yards in the Titans' Week 15's loss to the Texans. Thus, the fact that he logged a limited session Wednesday is actually encouraging as the 8-6 squad begins its on-field preparations for Sunday's contest against the 11-3 Saints.

December 18, 2019 12:39 PM EST

Derrick Henry: First scoreless outing since Week 8

Henry ran for 86 yards on 21 carries and was targeted once during Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: The 247-pound bulldozer established a relatively efficient 4.1 yards-per-carry average Week 15 against divisional rival Houston, but his scoring rampage was put to an end by the Texans' No. 18 rush defense. Henry entered the contest with nine total touchdowns over his preceding five outings, but he was held out of the end zone Sunday despite garnering five red-zone carries. Given Henry's limited role in the passing game, a scoreless afternoon is especially detrimental to his fantasy upside. Tennessee's upcoming matchup against New Orleans is less than optimal for Henry's outlook given that the Saints have surrendered just five rushing TDs to opposing running backs all season.

December 15, 2019 1:59 PM EST

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