Derrick Henry had a season for the ages in 2020, rushing for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns. As a result, he was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Despite not even showing a hint of slowing down this past season, Henry has plenty of naysayers around him saying he’ll eventually slow down because of the wear and tear on his body. However, former running back Eddie George refuses to be one of those doubters.
George recently sat down for an interview with the Tennessee Titans to discuss Henry’s outlook for the 2021 season.
Instead of looking at the potential negatives for Henry, the Ohio State product discussed why he believes the Titans will get another big year out of their All-Pro tailback.
“Here’s the thing, and people have to understand this: Derrick is not getting beat up like people think he is,” George said, via the team’s official website. “He’s getting the carries, the volume. But it is not nearly as violent as when I played, or when Terrell Davis played. Derrick has two receivers who had right at 1,000 yards each, and he had a quarterback who threw for nearly 4,000 yards. So that being said, there is a great deal of balance, and all the pressure is not on him to make all the plays and be the entire offense. There’s a difference. He can now run the ball and do it very well because he has space to do it, and with his talent and ability and agility, he is lethal in that combination.”
Additionally, George said he believes the 2021 season for Henry will be all about showing consistency.
“With that being said, now it’s just about him showing a level of consistent moving forward. But it’s not one of those situations where I expect him to slow down.”
Henry has received over 300 carries in back-to-back seasons, which is a tad concerning. But like George said, there aren’t too many defenders out there able to physically punish Henry.
It’ll be tough for Henry to reach the 2,000-yard mark for a second season in a row, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be due to a drop-off in production.