- December 5, 2018 at 11:12 pm #42298
In his rookie season Authentic Will Compton Jersey , Derrick Henry showed glimpses of what he could do with a limited amount of touches. In year three, it appeared that with a new coaching staff in place and Murray out of the picture, the real Derrick Henry would stand up and his production would be booming.But…that hasn’t happened.It is evident that Matt LaFleur still hasn’t figured out how to properly use Henry where his effectiveness can make an offensive impact.Understanding HenryHenry’s physical size is deceiving when trying to understand exactly what he is capable and can excel at. He’s not a bruiser. He doesn’t boast a pounding, physical run-style. His physicality isn’t even his biggest strength – and some would say it is one area he lacks. Henry is not a violent runner, despite being built like one. He is a home run hitter. He is a threat when he builds up steam. He is virtually unstoppable once he accelerates to the second level of the defense. He is also completely ineffective when his legs are wrapped up in the backfield, when he doesn’t trust the hole and when he’s has a low volume of carries.Bring Back the CloserHenry is slated in the starting role, but what does that really mean?Sure, he gets the nod to be the first back on the field. However, after a series, Dion Lewis receives most of the workload due to being better in the passing game. Why start Henry just show a start is credited to his stat line? If the goal is solely just to give Henry the start so he is labeled a “starter” Youth Dion Lewis Jersey , that is weak and is not allowing the offense to prosper. To fix this issue, LaFleur must start Lewis. Give him nod, and then bring in Henry when he is most effective – late in games when defenses are worn down. It’s better for his confidence because a fresh-legged Henry is able to do damage against a fatigued defense.Henry isn’t a back that can thrive in an offense that will give him the majority of his touches in the first half. He needs volume, or at least the majority of his carries to be in the third and fourth quarter.Tale of Two HalvesHenry only carried the football three times in the second half against the Ravens. Sure, with only a handful of offensive possessions and trailing 21, it’s somewhat understandable as to why the Titans decided not to run the ball. The team needed points and the fastest way to score is through the air – usually. However, Baltimore’s relentless pass rush essentially eliminated the Titans pass attack as they wrapped up Marcus Mariota nearly a record amount of times for the sack.But – let’s look back to the previous games and the usage of Henry.Against the Buffalo Bills, Henry toted the football 11 times for 56 yards. He only had three carries in the second half.Against the Eagles, Henry had eight carries for 24 yards. Again, three carries in the second half.Against the Jaguars, Henry rushed 18 times for a total of 57 yards with 13 carries accrued in the second half of play.[img]http://www.sndpic.com//nike_nfl_jerseys/nike_tennessee_titans/nike_titans_1142.jpg[/img]
Yes – this is an outlier that goes against my arguement. If Henry is fed the ball 18 times but only had 57 yards http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-malcolm-butler-jersey , why would they elect to force feed him? The answer is because no two defenses are the same and Henry’s ability to break one off is undeniable.When the Titans faced Houston, Henry had 18 carries for 56 yards. Similar to the above stat line – however, Henry was an essential ingredient to a winning formula. The incorporation of the Wildcat offense centered around Henry. He was able to move the chains and put the Titans in position to score points. Remember, Henry’s stats in the season opener are deceiving. He finished with 26 yards on 10 attempts. He also had a 60+ yard touchdown negated due to a bogus penalty. With all that being said – it’s clear that Henry hasn’t been used right and in order for the offense to take off, LaFleur must brainstorm on ways in which the team can use Henry’s abilities to produce offensive points or sustain drives.Trial and ErrorWhen the Titans travel to London to face the Los Angeles Chargers, Lewis should be the starting running back. Try to ignite the passing offense early and mix in some Lewis runs to get the defense off balance. Then, once the defense is teetering, send in Henry.Henry doesn’t need to start to make an offensive impact. He just needs to be used in the right circumstance. Early in games – especially on first down – Henry may have some carries that go for no gain or a loss of a few yards. This causes drives to stall and can be a shot to the offense’s – and Henry’s – confidence. Reverse the course by allowing the offense to not be easily identifiable in the opening series. With Henry cemented as the starter, defenses know the Titans are going to try and run the ball early. Adapt, adjust and let Lewis start.Then, give Henry some work. The team will benefit by understanding when and how to use Henry. LaFleur must realize this sooner rather than later. The Titans still have not filled their 53rd spot on the active roster Rashaan Evans Jersey , but they did add a receiver to the practice squad this morning per Paul Kuharsky.Lewis signed on with the Giants as an undrafted receiver out of Bowling Green before the 2016 season and stuck on the roster. He ended up playing in 13 games and starting one during his rookie season. Last year, he started 8 games for the Giants, catching 36 passes for 416 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Giants left him off their 53-man roster at the end of camp this year which left him available to join the Titans practice squad.At 6’-0” and 203 pounds he’s got average size, but his 4.46 40-time at his pro day in 2016 indicates above average speed and he was known as a deep threat during his college career. The Giants used him primarily as an outside receiver during his time in New York.He also played significant snaps on punt, punt return, kick, and kick return teams for the Giants which could be valuable if the Titans do call him up to the 53-man roster at some point in the future. Right now the Titans have three wide receivers on the practice squad: Cameron Batson, Chad Hansen, and Roger Lewis. Will one of those three be promoted to the 53-man roster or will they add another outside receiver today? My guess is still that they will add a veteran receiver either via free agency or trade by the end of the day. The team also still has one more practice squad spot to fill as they currently sit at 9 there:WR Cameron BatsonG Jamil DouglasWR Chad HansenLB Nigel HarrisCB Joshua KaluLB LaTroy LewisG David QuessenberryS Damon WebbWR Roger LewisThey will likely be adding a quarterback to that open 10th spot after releasing Austin Davis earlier this week. Davis is not practice squad eligible so this spot will probably go to Logan Woodside (who was on the practice squad for the first three weeks of the season) or another young, developmental quarterback.
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