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Derrick Henry and Titans take on Broncos on Yahoo Sports app

By September 10, 2020December 24th, 2021Sports app

Innovations in sport are good, but it’s hard to let go of the way things were done before.

It’s pretty well known now that baseball pitchers are more effective their first two times in the lineup and that using relievers after that is smart, although we still yearn for the days when the starter threw a full 120 game. throws. In basketball we want to see 7-footers bump into the paint, no matter how many stats say corner 3 is a much more efficient shot.

And we want a running back who doesn’t leave the pitch and can carry the ball over and over again, punishing the defense every time.

In the era of running back committees, Tennessee Titans full-back Derrick Henry is standing out. He’s a throwback and the 2019 NFL champion will likely have a lot of work to do as the season begins Monday night against the Denver Broncos, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.

You won’t see a lot of backs this weekend that look or play like Henry. This is not a bad thing.

Derrick Henry is a running back star

It will always be mind blowing that the Titans have had Henry for nearly three full seasons and never tried him out as a true star comeback.

Henry was a 247-pound specimen coming out of college. He won a Heisman Trophy in Alabama and was a second round pick. Still, the Titans got him on a committee with DeMarco Murray and then Dion Lewis to start his career. At the end of 2018, Henry had a huge game against the Jacksonville Jaguars that included a 99-yard touchdown run. The light finally turned on for the Titans’ coaching staff, and they began to use him as a real workaholic.

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Henry didn’t look back. He finished strong in 2018 and 2019. In an eight-game streak leading up to the AFC Championship game last season, Henry totaled 1,273 yards. He’s had at least 180 rushing yards in three straight games – one in Week 17 that landed a playoff berth for the Titans and then two playoff wins.

The Titans gave Henry the franchise tag, then rewarded him with a four-year, $ 50 million contract. This is happening at a time when running backs have been devalued and lucrative extensions usually don’t work. But now that Henry has got his big paycheck, the Titans could use it more than ever.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is seeking his second straight NFL title this season. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Henry likes a high volume of litters

Henry is taller than a lot of defenders trying to take him down, so he doesn’t seem to care about the workload.

“If the back is effective in getting these (extra) portages, then I think it’s about taking care of his body,” Henry said, according to the Tennessean. “It’s up to you to take care of your body and know what you need to do to prepare for these transports. “

The Titans have a heavy game-action offense that gave Ryan Tannehill a year-long career. They will lead the ball with Henry, control the clock and rely on their defense, who has overdue the addition of free agent Jadeveon Clowney. Most teams in 2020 are moving away from this style of play, but it works for the Titans.

“We might not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but we’re pretty confident in who we are,” offensive coordinator Arthur Smith said via the Tennessean.

The Titans lost in the AFC title game last season and are hoping to take it to the next level. This process begins Monday, with their old-fashioned backs carrying most of the weight on their shoulders.