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|The Titans landed the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in the second round of this year’s draft. He joins the growing list of Alabama rushers in the NFL and fits the mold of today’s early-down running back. Most importantly, he strengthens the between the tackles rushing abilities of a team that had the fewest rushing first downs (66) in the entire league during the 2015 regular season. There is little doubt that Tennessee is hoping its new “thumper” can complement DeMarco Murray to help wear down defenses and take some pressure off their young quarterback. His fantasy forecast, however, does not carry as much optimism for 2016. He is not a threat in the passing game and many scouts have questioned his ability to pass protect coming out of college. He could find himself in a featured role if something happens to Murray so he will be an option for anyone interested in carrying a handcuff. Realistically, he is a low end RB4 with flex upside if the team decides to feature him near the goaline.
|Goal-line work in Derrick Henry's future?|
DeMarco Murray averaging less than 3.3 YPC over last two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 28, 7:40 pm
|Mike Mularkey said the Titans have discussed using Derrick Henry more in short-yardage situations. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was thought the 247-pound Henry was going to steal at least some of the goal-line carries when he was drafted and again when he impressed in the preseason, but Tennessee opted to give DeMarco Murray a league-high 274 touches through the first 12 weeks of the season. Now it appears the Titans, at the very least, may want to take away the potential high-impact touches from Murray. Look for Henry to steal at least 8-10 touches from Murray moving forward, putting him on the flex radar.