If you want to be the best, you have to prepare like you’re the best.
It sounds like preparing to be the best won’t be a problem for Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who recently revealed his big plans for the 2018 season.
According to Jason Wolf of The Tennessean, Henry says that he and fellow running back Dion Lewis plan to be the top two running backs in the NFL next season.
— Jason Wolf (@JasonWolf) June 4, 2018
It’s great to hear that kind of attitude from Henry, but that’s a lofty goal for a pair of running backs who have never topped 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
There’s absolutely no way that Henry or Lewis either one can outperform players like Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt or Leveon Bell (just to name a few).
Not that the talent isn’t there, but it’s nearly impossible to rush for over 1,300 yards when you’re splitting carries with another talented running back.
The dream scenario, obviously, is to recreate what the New Orleans Saints had last season with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. But that’s not a typical result for a NFL franchise.
Kamara and Ingram were the first pair of running backs from the same team to each compile 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a season.
That kind of season from a running back duo may never happen again (it almost certainly won’t happen for the Saints in 2018, with Ingram suspended for the first four games).
Another reason Henry and Lewis are unlikely to be the top two running backs in the league is because the opportunity simply won’t be there.
The Titans will run the ball plenty next season, but offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur is expected to go with a balanced offensive attack. So Tennessee won’t be as run heavy as they were in the past.
Henry has the right approach to the 2018 season. There’s absolutely nothing else he should be saying ahead of the upcoming season.
But unfortunately for the Titans, I just can’t see his plans coming to fruition in 2018.
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