Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has been largely unimpressive during his first season out of DeMarco Murray’s shadow.
Through seven games this season, Henry has rushed for only 273 yards. Henry is averaging a putrid 3.3 yards per carry.
As a result, it looks like the Titans have already made the decision to move on from Henry.
According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Titans made Henry available at the trade deadline last week. Unsurprisingly, they weren’t able to find any suitors for the underachieving running back.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the Titans made Derrick Henry available before the trade deadline.
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) November 4, 2018
The fact that Jon Robinson made Henry available at the deadline means the former Alabama running back is 100 percent not part of the Titans’ longterm plans.
It’s not like Henry is an asset that Robinson could use to improve Tennessee’s roster. Henry’s value has never been lower than it is right now.
Making Henry available at the deadline was essentially the Titans trying to cut their losses. Now, obviously they weren’t going to just give him away — Henry is still better than a lot of second and third string running backs currently on rosters.
But it’s clear that Henry, who will turn 25 in January (he’s in his prime age as a running back), does not have what it takes to be a featured running back.
Henry, for what it’s worth, knows he’s not producing. And he knows it could lead to eventually being replaced in Nashville.
.@KingHenry_2 in big conversation about run-game inconsistency: “I’m the one to blame. You’ve got to start doing it at some point or they’re going to have to replace you.” #Titans. pic.twitter.com/qFfAe81SfB
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) November 1, 2018
Unless Henry, who is under contract through 2019 (with a dead cap hit next year of $533,261), drastically improves over the rest of the season, it looks like the decision on his future has already been made.
I don’t think Titans fans should be too upset if Henry is confirmed to be a bust. Unless a general manager is selecting Todd Gurley or Saquon Barkley, it’s incredibly difficult to draft a premier running back. I was certain that Trent Richardson would be a tremendous running back in the NFL. Once he failed, I vowed that I’d never be surprised by another talented running back failing to live up to the hype in the NFL.
If the Titans end up moving on from Henry, they’ll roll the dice on another running back and hope he’s their guy. Just like countless other teams have done while in search of a starting running back.
Perhaps the Titans should go ahead and start taking a look at Tennessee Vols running back Ty Chandler in advance of the 2020 NFL Draft.
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