The Tennessee Titans finished the 2018 season with a winning record for the third straight year, but their offensive performance left a lot to be desired.
Tennessee finished with the No. 27 scoring offense in the NFL (19.4 points per game) in Matt LaFleur’s first (and only) season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator.
Despite the lackluster offensive performance in 2018, there were a few bright spots for the Titans. One of those bright spots was running back Derrick Henry, who finished the season as Tennessee’s highest graded offensive player according to Pro Football Focus.
Derrick Henry was the Titans’ highest-graded player on offense a season ago – and tied for first in the NFL with 45 missed tackles forced pic.twitter.com/9gd7zNiXqS
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 26, 2019
The 45 missed tackles are impressive. Henry showed last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars that he’s capable of taking over a game as a running back because of his ability to fight through tackles.
Henry finished the 2018 season, his third in the NFL, with a career high 1,059 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
With the emergence of Henry, the return of tight end Delanie Walker and the additions of wide receivers Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown, the Titans’ offense should be significantly better in 2019.
Perhaps the added weapons will allow quarterback Marcus Mariota to finally reach his full potential.
Having a running back that acts like a wrecking ball on the field certainly helps.
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