Best Way to Know a Big Play is Happening for Titans RB Derrick Henry? The Eyes Have It


NASHVILLE – Derrick Henry is a big back who has a penchant for making big plays.

And he's made plenty of them.

Since the beginning of the 2017 campaign, Henry has scored six total touchdowns — four rushing and two receiving — that have gone for 65 yards or more. He leads the NFL in that time period, with Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill in second place with five such touchdowns.

A clue to look for when Henry thinks he's on his way:

"Well, my eyes get big," Henry said with a smile on Thursday. "Credit to those guys up front and everybody blocking. … In the open field I just try and get six points."

In the team's win over Kansas City Chiefs, Henry scored on a 68-yard touchdown run, his second-longest scrimmage touchdown of the season. In the season opening victory at Cleveland, he caught a screen pass and went 75 yards for a score. This season, Henry and Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (two) are the only NFL players this season with multiple scrimmage touchdowns of at least 65 yards.

On Sunday, Henry will face a Jacksonville team he's had some big plays against in the past.

Everyone remembers Henry's 99-yard run against the Jaguars last December. Well, he also had a 66-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars back in 2017.

All of that is history, Henry said.

"I don't really think about that any more," Henry said of his 238-yard performance against the Jaguars last year. "We played them (earlier this year) and they won the last game.

"I just have to go out there and do my job – run the ball and go out there and make plays."

The Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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