It's finally Derrick Henry's time, but more backfield help coming for Titans

From ESPN - March 8, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Derrick Henry has waited two years for this moment. The Tennessee Titans are finally handing him the keys to their backfield.

DeMarco Murray's release paves the way for Henry to become the Titans' starting running back in 2018 and beyond. The former Heisman Trophy winner has a rare combination of speed and power that has made him a terror to defend in doses over his first two seasons. He will finally have the opportunity to do it in full games.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson briefly hesitated when I asked him last week at the NFL combine if Henry was ready to be a three-down feature back. There are still some questions regarding Henry's quickness, pass blocking and receiving ability, but Robinson seems to have confidence in Henry being the lead back going forward.

"He did a nice job, he had some really strong runs for us," Robinson said. "Were glad Derrick is on the football team. We look forward to handing it to him, throwing it to him and giving it to him so he can make yards.

"Hes a bigger back, as we all know. He has really, really good speed in the open field. Hes a guy who can get downhill."

Henry has spent much of the offseason working out in Dallas with a trainer in hopes of coming back a better player. One former Titans coach believes that Henry just needed a starting opportunity and expects him to become an established NFL back.

Eddie George, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, was even more confident in Henry's ceiling when I asked him about it during the Titans' playoff run.


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