Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen.
Sure, we already knew that. But Henry wants to make sure we don’t forget.
Check out this video of him in the weight room at Alabama that was recently posted on Twitter by Crimson Tide strength coach Scott Cochran.
— Scott Cochran (@CoachYeah) February 18, 2019
I’m not sure how much weight was on that bar, but if three strength coaches think it’s enough weight that Henry needed three spotters, then I’m willing to bet it’s enough to crush most normal folks.
An uncertain future for Henry?
The 2019 season is pivotal for Henry, who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the year.
Midway through the 2018 season, there was a growing sense that Henry didn’t have a future in Nashville.
Through the first eight games of the 2018 season, Henry rushed for only 300 yards.
In the second half of the season, however, Henry racked up 759 yards, which pushed him over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. His breakout second half was highlighted by a dominant performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football (238 rushing yards and several lethal stiff arms).
Henry, who averaged a career high 4.9 yards per rushing attempt in 2018, will have an opportunity in 2019 to prove that he should be part of the Titans’ offensive attack beyond next season.
New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith told reporters in early February that Henry “will be a big part of the offense”. He added “Derrick’s a home-run hitter, we are taking another step hopefully with him”.
If Henry can continue his production from the second half of the season, I don’t think there’s any question the Titans will explore keeping the former Alabama standout in Nashville longterm.
It’s easy to forget that Henry is still just 25. He’s entering the prime of his career, which likely means the best is yet to come for the Florida native.
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