After Bye, Titans RB Derrick Henry Hopes His Rushing Woes a Thing of the Past


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During the bye week, Titans running back Derrick Henry went back and watched every one of his runs during the first half of the season – all 84 carries.

He didn't like what he saw.

"I remember before camp I stood in front of you guys and said I wanted to be an elite back, and I feel like I haven't done that," Henry said on Thursday. "The big thing is being consistent, finishing runs, being physical, running hard. I stood in front of you guys and said those things, but I don't feel like I have done those things."

Seven games down, and nine games to go, Henry wants to change things.

"I just have to start fast, and the big thing is to be consistent," Henry said. "You guys all know, if you are inconsistent in this league, they'll find somebody to replace you.

"My main focus is to help this team win, and be efficient and consistent and help the offense score touchdowns and get points on the board."

The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

This isn't the first time Henry has been critical of his own play this season. In fact, he's stood at his locker numerous times and dogged his performance, once calling it "trash play."

So far this season, Henry has 84 carries for 273 yards and one touchdown. He's averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

Will things change? Well, Henry is planning on it.

Something that's changed is the presence of fullback Jalston Fowler, who is back with the team. Henry and Fowler were teammates at Alabama, and for two seasons with the Titans. Fowler has moved into Henry's place in Nashville.

"It's good to have him around. We're like brothers," Henry said of Fowler. "I know what type of player he is, and when he's in there he is going to do his job.

"He's just a physical player, and he has been that was since college. He is going to work hard and do his job to the best of his abilities."

But Henry knows if the running game is going to improve, he's going to have to do his job better.

Fellow running back Dion Lewis has been the more effective back of the two this season, rushing for 277 yards on 73 carries – a 3.8-yard average.

"I just have to run better honestly," Henry said. "Just being truthful with myself … and (my play) hasn't been very good. There's a lot of things I have to get better at and I am working on these things in practice, but it has to show in the games.

"I can sit here and talk all day, but if it doesn't show in the game it doesn't mean anything." looks back at the all-time series against the Dallas Cowboys. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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