Titans RB Derrick Henry, P Brett Kern Selected to Pro Bowl


NASHVILLE – Running back Derrick Henry has been a tone-setter and a chain-mover for Tennessee Titans, racking up yards, touchdowns, and records along the way.

Now, Henry can add something new to his accomplishments – he's been selected to the Pro Bowl team.

Henry on Tuesday was named to his first Pro Bowl squad.

"It's a blessing to be nominated to the Pro Bowl and I'm excited to represent the Titans in Orlando," Henry said.

Titans punter Brett Kern, meanwhile, has been selected to play in his third straight Pro Bowl after previous trips following the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

"I just feel extremely blessed," Kern said on Tuesday. "It took me 10 years to get one and now to go to three in a row, I still have to pinch myself. It is just a testament to the guys that have been on punt team this year – those guys have done a really good job, so it's a team effort."

The Titans have also been informed six other players (in no particular order) are alternates – quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, safety Kevin Byard, cornerback Logan Ryan, guard Rodger Saffold and long snapper Beau Brinkley.

There's a chance some of those players could join Henry and Kern at the Pro Bowl. Two years ago, the Titans had six players at the Pro Bowl after three players later joined the initial three as alternates.

This year's Pro Bowl will be played on January 25, 2020 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Henry ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,329), first in rushing attempts (271), is tied for eighth in rushing average (4.9; minimum 88 attempts), and he's tied for third in rushing touchdowns (13). He also ranks third in the NFL in total touchdowns (15).

Henry leads all running backs with 38 rushing attempts of at least 10 yards. Only Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (43) has more.

Henry's 4.90-yard rushing average for the season would rank fifth in franchise history among qualifiers.

Henry has three scrimmage touchdowns of at least 65 yards this season, more than any other player (Christian McCaffrey, Terry McLaurin and A.J. Brown are next with two each).

Since Week 14 of 2018, when Henry set the franchise record with 238 rushing yards in a game, his 1,914 rushing yards lead the NFL.

Henry has five 100-yard games on the season, including four straight 100-yard performances in games vs the Chiefs (188), Jaguars (159), Colts (149) and Raiders.

Kern, the longest tenured Titan after joining the team in 2009, leads the NFL with 34 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line, and he leads the AFC with a 47.5 gross average while ranking second in the AFC with a 43.6 net avg.

Kern has appeared in 168 games with the Titans, which ranks sixth on the team's all-time career games played list. He's registered 28 punts of 50 or more yards in 2019, and earlier this season he tied the NFL record with eight punts placed inside the 20 at Denver (10/13/19).

The Pro Bowlers are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. During the fan voting portion, Kern was the No.2 finisher (1st in AFC) among punters, while Henry, Byard and Ryan all finished sixth overall in the fan voting portion at their respective positions.

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