Derrick Henry moves from 99th to 10th in the NFL in just one season.
2018 was the year that Derrick Henry really began to make a large impact for the Tennessee Titans. After two seasons of running behind Demarco Murray, Henry was finally the top dog in the Titans backfield. He rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his NFL career. After that season, he was ranked #99 on the NFL top 100 list. Fast forward one year and Henry has moved from 99th to 10th in the NFL rankings. Let’s look back at a couple of the games that helped Derrick Henry jump so far up the list.
Week 10 vs Kansas City Chiefs
In week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Derrick Henry rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans got off to a slow start down 10 to 0. Then, they brought it back to a tied ballgame at 13-13. Henry broke loose in the second half for a 68 yard touchdown run.
Even against some of the best football players in the world, Derrick Henry just stands out. He looks faster, stronger, and superior in every way to everyone else on the field.
Without Derrick Henry’s monster performance, it would have been hard for the Titans to beat out the now Super Bowl Champions from last season.
Week 17 vs the Houston Texans
Say whatever you want about the week 17 game against the Texans, but Derrick Henry was out to make a statement in that game.
He did exactly that. It doesn’t matter if the Houston Texans would have been playing their starters or not. Henry was a man on a mission, and you definitely don’t want to be standing in his way when that is the case. He rushed for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. That game helped him solidify himself as the 2019 rushing leader.
Nobody could convince me otherwise that Derrick Henry was the best player in football heading into the 2019 NFL playoffs.