Ti­tans, Der­rick Henry look­ing for groove

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - FUN & GAMES -

Der­rick Lamar FULL NAME:

Henry Jr.

BORN: Jan­uary 4, 1994

BIRTH­PLACE: Yulee, Florida

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6 foot 3 inches/247 pounds

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Tues­day

The Ten­nessee Ti­tans of­fense has strug­gled this sea­son, and part of that is lack of pro­duc­tion from the run­ning game and third-year back Der­rick Henry. The Ti­tans and Henry will have their hands full with the Dal­las Cowboys de­fense when they meet Novem­ber 5 on ESPN’s Mon­day Night Foot­ball.

The Ti­tans of­fense should be bet­ter. They have what is ex­pected to be an up-and-com­ing quar­ter­back in Mar­cus Mar­i­ota, who has shown hints of bril­liance. A spark in the pass­ing game would surely take some pres­sure off the run­ning game, just as a solid run­ning at­tack would help the pass threat. How­ever, gone this sea­son is vet­eran DeMarco Mur­ray, who re­tired af­ter be­ing re­leased by the Ti­tans, fol­low­ing two sea­sons of shar­ing the back­field with Henry with solid re­sults.

Henry’s po­ten­tial should be lim­it­less. A power-back and Heisman Tro­phy win­ner out of Alabama, Henry was a work­horse dur­ing his col­lege years and NFL scouts ex­pected much of the same. The Ti­tans drafted him in the sec­ond round of the 2016 draft and he was the sec­ond run­ning back to be drafted be­hind the Cowboys’ Ezekiel El­liott.

Paired with Mar­i­ota, the Ti­tans see a solid one-two punch in their of­fense. But with Mar­i­ota also strug­gling, de­fenses can sim­ply stack the line against the run­ning game, put­ting the ball in the quar­ter­back’s hands. The Ti­tans are very much alive in the AFC South divi­sion, and will need both of their young play­ers to step up if they are to get to the next level.

TEAM: present

DRAFT: 2016 Round 2, Pick 45 by Ten­nessee

PO­SI­TION:

NO.: 22 TNT

Ten­nessee Ti­tans, 2016 – Run­ning Back

COL­LEGE: Alabama

HONORS AND ACHIEVE­MENTS: CFP Cham­pion, 2015; Heisman Tro­phy win­ner, 2015; USA To­day High School All-Amer­i­can, 2012

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