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Titans RB Derrick Henry Focused on Playing to "Our Standard" on Sunday in Seattle


NASHVILLE – The start to the 2021 season wasn't what running back Derrick Henry, or any of the Titans, had in mind.

Heading into Week Two in Seattle, Henry's focus is on getting things right.

"We know last week wasn't our standard," Henry said on Thursday. "We just need to come out here and focus on being better, being locked in on what we have to do, play by play, and each rep. That is all we need to do. Guys are hungry to be better and just trying to put it together this week.

"We want to play to our standard, play to our identity, and we know it starts out here each and every day. Each and every rep, just locking in, working hard, focusing on what you have to do so you can go out there and play at a high level on Sunday."

Henry, who led the NFL with 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2020, managed just 58 yards on 17 carries in the season opener against the Cardinals.

Henry was stopped for a three-yard loss on the team's first offensive play, and he was hit in the backfield on several occasions.

"I think it is just the mentality," Henry said of responding to the loss. "We don't want to have that same result. We know we didn't play to our standards and that we have to play better. Watch the film, you grow from it, come out here and try to get better every day leading up to Sunday."

The challenge on Sunday won't be easy, but Henry has had success away from Nissan Stadium.

In 16 regular season road games since the beginning of the 2019 season, Henry has rushed for 2,003 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, and an average of 125.2 yards per game – all league highs. He has at least 100 rushing yards in 11 of those contests and more than 200 yards in three of them.

The Titans face a Seahawks defense that's stout, as usual.

"They are a very sound team in all three phases, definitely on defense," Henry said. "I think they play well together. They are physical, they blitz, they tackle well, so we have to be locked in this week and be ready for those boys.

"(The key is) just getting into drives. It is going to be a loud stadium, it is a hostile environment we are going into. Just getting into drives, moving the ball downfield, and then trying to get into the end zone. It is a tough environment to play in, but we just have to stay locked in with each other and move the ball forward."

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