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Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #22
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #22
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Derrick Henry News

Rumbles over Seahawks

Henry carried the ball 35 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Seahawks. He added six receptions for 55 yards.

Analysis: Henry appeared to be in for another disappointing game to open the season, as he had only 35 yards on 13 carries through two quarters. However, he keyed a comeback effort for the Titans in the second half by finding the end zone from 60, nine and one yards away. While hardly the highlight of his box score, Henry also tied for the team lead in receptions. His work in the passing game has always been a shortcoming, making it possible that his role in the offense only increases if he can maintain this role as a pass-catcher.

Sep 19, 2021 6:54 PM EST

Sluggish start to season

Henry ran for 58 yards on 17 carries while catching three receptions for 19 yards on four targets against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Henry couldn't find any room to run in a 38-13 loss where the Tennessee offense completely imploded. Perhaps it's more a credit to the Cardinals defense than a sign of concern for the Titans, but it was still a dud showing in what should have been a favorable, high-scoring scenario for the Titans. It wasn't just Henry -- Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee passing game couldn't get started either. They have the player talent to bounce back with a vengeance going forward, but a road matchup with Seattle won't exactly be welcoming in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 2:34 PM EST

No preseason action

Henry didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears, according to Paul Kuharsky of

Analysis: Henry emerged from exhibition season with no snaps on his odometer as he readies for yet another massive workload in the coming campaign. Over the last two years, he's totaled 718 touches in 31 appearances en route to 3,887 yards from scrimmage and 35 touchdowns.

Aug 28, 2021 7:48 PM EST

Chance to play in preseason Week 3

Henry may see snaps during Saturday's preseason finale against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Vrabel said during Sunday's media availability that the Titans will move from the varied training camp schedule to a more rigid regular-season one, in essence to get a test run before Week 1. That could mean the likes of Henry, A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill get in-game reps before the regular season, but Vrabel might not make his decision known until closer to Saturday's 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Aug 22, 2021 4:29 PM EST

Not expected to play Saturday

Henry is suited up but is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay,'s Jim Wyatt reports.

Analysis: Henry of course has nothing to prove, so the Titans would be served better by handing reps to his backup candidates than Henry himself. Brian Hill, Jeremy McNichols and Mekhi Sargent are fighting for the spot behind Henry and Darrynton Evans (knee).

Aug 21, 2021 4:12 PM EST

Gives way to Evans on Friday

Jim Wyatt of the Titans official site suggests that the team "won't add any wear and tear" on Henry's body in Friday's preseason opener against the Falcons.

Analysis: Given the amount of carries Henry has racked up over the last couple of seasons, it makes sense to limit his exposure to contact in exhibition games. With Henry likely to see little to no action Friday, Darrynton Evans is in line to draw the the start at running back versus Atlanta, while Brian Hill, Jeremy McNichols and Mekhi Sargent are all candidates to get touches as the contest progresses.

Aug 13, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Set up for success in Tennessee

Henry should have a strong offensive line blocking for him this season, Ben Arthur of The Nashville Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Henry typically has run behind impressive O-lines in Tennessee, but the unit wasn't quite up to its usual standard last season, as LT Taylor Lewan suffered an ACL tear in October and first-round pick Isaiah Wilson played just four snaps. The Titans have since parted ways with Wilson and starting right tackle Dennis Kelly, but they acquired two potential replacements in veteran Kendall Lamm and rookie second-round pick Dillon Radunz. With Lewan on track for Week 1 and WR Julio Jones giving the receiving corps a boost, Henry could end up playing in the most talented offense of his pro career.

Jul 5, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Bottled up by Ravens

Henry carried the ball 18 times for 40 yards in the team's wild card round loss to the Ravens. He added three receptions for 11 yards.

Analysis: Henry ran over the Ravens' in the team's divisional-round matchup last postseason, racking up 195 rushing yards. However, this season's matchup was a different story as Henry was limited to 51 total yards, with his longest gain of the day going for just eight yards. It was a sour close to the season after a dominant regular season campaign for Henry during which he racked up over 2,000 yards on the ground. As some consolation, Henry will remain under contract with the Titans in 2021, giving him another chance to contribute to a playoff run.

Jan 10, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Reaches 2,000 yards

Henry carried the ball 34 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Texans.

Analysis: With yet another massive performance against Houston, Henry became the eighth back in history to run for 2,000 yards in a season, with his 2,027 settling in as the fifth-highest mark ever. He also locked up his second straight rushing title in the process, and set a new career high with 17 rushing TDs. Henry will remain the key to the Titans' offense as they prepare to host the Ravens next Sunday in the wild-card round.

Jan 3, 2021 7:01 PM EST

98 yards in blowout loss

Henry rushed 23 times for 98 yards in Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Packers. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Henry was held in check by Green Bay's defense, never allowing the league's leading rusher to break off one of those signature big rambles down the field (game high of 10 yards). The fact that 98 yards and a 4.3 yards per carry mark is considered a "down game" is just a testament to how dominant the physically-imposing back has been this season. In fact, Henry's managers should be pleased that the runner still received 23 carries in a blowout loss. That commitment to the run offers game script protection for Henry, which is especially valuable for a player that isn't really involved in the passing game. Look for Henry to finish the regular season on a high note when he takes on the Texans on Sunday, who he ran all over in their first meeting this year to the tune of 212 yards and two scores.

Dec 27, 2020 9:15 PM EST

Tops 150 total yards

Henry rushed the ball 24 times for 147 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Lions. He added two receptions for five yards as a receiver.

Analysis: The Titans offense moved up and down the field at will, and Henry played a big role in that effort as has come to be expected. He capped the team's first offensive possession with a three-yard touchdown plunge. From there, Henry continuously gained chunks of yardage, 10 of his 24 rushing attempts going for more than five yards. Overall, he has topped 130 rushing yards on the ground in four of his list five contests. Henry will look to continue his tremendous production in Week 16 against the Packers.

Dec 20, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Cleared to play

Henry (not injury-related) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's home game against the Lions after practicing fully Friday,Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Henry was added to the Titans' practice/injury report after logging a limited session Thursday, but he was a full-go Friday. That paves the way for the fantasy-friendly back, who's coming off a huge game in his team's Week 14 win over the Jaguars, to continue to head Tennessee's backfield Sunday against a beatable Detroit run defense that has allowed an average of 132.8 rushing yards per game to date.

Dec 18, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Henry was added to the Titans' practice/injury report after logging a limited session Thursday due to a not injury-related reason, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: While this could be something routine, given the uniqueness of the current season, it's worth checking back on Henry's status Friday to see if he approaches Sunday's game against the Lions with any degree of uncertainty regarding his Week 15 status.

Dec 17, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Runs over Jaguars

Henry carried the ball 26 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Henry bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season in Week 13 by topping 200 rushing yards for the second time on the campaign. He ripped off three rushes of more than 20 yards, including his longest of the day which went for 47 yards as well as a 36-yard touchdown. Henry also found the end zone from one yard away midway through the third quarter. He should be in line to continue his big close to the season, drawing matchups against Detroit, Green Bay and Houston.

Dec 13, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Can't get going against Browns

Henry carried the ball 15 times for 60 yards in the team's Week 13 loss to the Browns. He added one reception for nine yards.

Analysis: Henry entered the game having logged three consecutive 100-yard efforts on the ground, but was limited in his impact against the Browns. His ineffectiveness played a key role in the Titans' 38-7 deficit, as he was stuffed on a short fourth-down play on the team's first offensive possession and then lost a fumble on the following drive. Henry did get things going a bit in the second half, racking up several rushes of 10 and nine yards. Despite the disappointing effort, Henry should be in a strong position for a bounceback in Week 14 against Jacksonville.

Dec 6, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Pummels Colts with three touchdowns

Henry carried the ball 27 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Week 12 against the Colts. He added two receptions for seven yards.

Analysis: Henry sliced through the Colts' run defense for the entire game, ripping off eight runs of ten or more yards. He also notched his fourth multi-touchdown effort of the campaign, logging rushing scores of 12, 11 and one yards. Henry continues to blend tremendous volume -- he's topped 20 carries in five of his last seven contests -- with efficiency and has remained one of the consistent producers at the position as a result. He'll draw a matchup against the Browns in Week 13.

Nov 29, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Beats Ravens with overtime score

Henry rushed the ball 28 times for 133 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Ravens. He added a reception for -1 yards.

Analysis: Henry relied on volume for the majority of his production, racking up 104 yards on his first 27 attempts of the game. However, he took his 28th carry of the game to the left side of the line before cutting across the middle of the field for a 29-yard game-winning touchdown. With the performance, Henry has surpassed 100 rushing yards for sixth time this season and for the third time in his last four contests. With workload always on his side, Henry will remain a top-end option even in another tough matchup in Week 12 against the Colts.

Nov 22, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Eclipses 100-yard mark in loss

Henry rushed 19 times for 103 yards and brought in one of two targets for six yards in the Titans' 34-17 loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

Analysis: Henry's numbers were about the only bright spot for the Titans on a forgettable night overall, with the star running back posting his fifth 100-yard effort of the campaign. Henry appeared to have his shoulder lightly examined on the sideline at one point in the second half, but any time he missed appeared to simply be due to rest purposes. The Pro Bowl running back has now averaged over 5.0 yards per carry against the Colts' normally stingy defense that last three times he's faced Indianapolis dating back to last season, and he'll look for similar success against a Ravens team he trampled for 195 yards in January's AFC Divisional Round Game when the Titans take on the Ravens in a Week 11 showdown on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Nov 12, 2020 8:52 PM EST

Contained by Bears

Henry rushed the ball 21 times for 68 yards in Week 9 against the Bears.

Analysis: Henry saw his normal allotment of carries but was held in check by the stout Bears' run defense. He did rip off a 26-yard run that ultimately led to a two-yard touchdown for Jonnu Smith. Aside from the carry, Henry managed to gain only 46 yards on 20 carries and was also shut out in the passing game for the third time this season. Henry is in the midst of a splendid season, but will look for a bounceback performance in Week 10 against the Colts in another tough matchup.

Nov 8, 2020 4:34 PM EST

Gashes Bengals in loss

Henry carried 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in his only target in Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Henry gashed the Cincinnati front for 6.2 yards per carry while recording a long gain of 21 yards. He scored a three-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, giving him eight touchdowns over his last five games after failing to score in his first two. Henry is also averaging 115 yards per game during that span and the only real weakness in his game comes as a pass catcher, with just seven receptions for 66 yards. With that said, he should be a strong fantasy option again next Sunday against the Bears.

Nov 1, 2020 1:34 PM EST

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