As was the case prior to the 2017 season, the Tennessee Titans’ running game is expected be one of the best in the NFL.
The personnel, however, will be a bit different heading into the 2018 season.
Tennessee released running back DeMarco Murray earlier this off-season and signed Dion Lewis to a four year deal.
Lewis will join third year running back Derrick Henry as the Titans’ co-starting running backs.
According to ESPN, the duo of Henry and Lewis, along with undrafted free agent rookie Akrum Wadley, will provide Tennessee with a top ten backfield.
ESPN’s Mike Clay ranks the Titans’ running back situation as the seventh best in the NFL.
Despite the fact that Henry and Lewis have never played a game together, I think this is an accurate ranking.
Lewis will give the Titans a dynamic player out of the backfield that is just as dangerous catching the ball as he is running the ball.
(For what it’s worth, I think Lewis is dangerously underrated as a runner. He averaged 5 yards a carry in 16 games last season.)
Henry has yet to truly breakout as a professional player, but it’s important to remember that he’s only 24 and he hasn’t received more 176 carries in a season during his short career.
The Titans’ new zone-blocking scheme should benefit Henry immensely. While I don’t expect him to put up Todd Gurley-like numbers, I still think Henry will have a career year in 2018.
There’s no doubt the Titans have one of the best running back duos in the NFL.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the duo of Henry and Lewis is ranked in the top five at the end of the 2018 season.
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