Tennessee Titans fans have been pleading for running back Derrick Henry to get the lion’s share of the carries this season. They got their wish on Monday Night Football, and Henry delivered.
The former Alabama running back, a second-round pick by the Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft, racked up career-highs in rushing attempts (19) and rushing yards (131).
With his team ahead 29-22 and only a minute remaining, he broke free for this amazing 72-yard touchdown where Henry tightroped the sideline before cutting to the right past one defender and burning the rest of the Colts’ secondary.
— Alabama DieHards (@AlabamaDieHards) October 17, 2017
The run had ESPN analyst Jon Gruden salivating afterward, saying “I just have a feeling this guy’s going to be a great one, a real big-time back … This is 247 pounds, and this man can fly. That’s how you put a team away.”
The NFL tweeted a video of Henry on the field shortly after the victory, which snapped the Titans’ pesky 11-game losing streak to their division rivals.
— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2017
It was just the second time this season that Henry finished with more carries than backfield mate DeMarco Murray, who’s been largely disappointing this season. Murray had only rushed for at least 60 yards on one occasion, which came in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Monday’s performance from the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, which was his first 100-yard game as a pro, may finally signal a change in who gets the majority of the workload at running back for the Titans in 2017.