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Titans RB Derrick Henry Wants to Break New Ground -- Starting Sunday in Cleveland


NASHVILLE – At this point, Derrick Henry is really getting tired of talking about his success from a year ago.

The Titans running back made that clear on Thursday, hammering home a point he's made on numerous occasions following a December to remember.

"I am not focusing on last season," Henry said. "I just have to go out there and play my game. I don't worry about last season – that's in the past. I wish people would stop bringing that up."

The start of a new season is now just days away.

The Titans open the season on Sunday at Cleveland.

It is safe to say the team would like to pick up where it left off last season in the running game.

In five games in the month of December, Henry's rushing totals included 97 carries for 625 yards and eight touchdowns. Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards in a game vs. the Jaguars, and he piled up 170 yards a week later in a win over the Giants. His 625 yards were the most by any NFL player in any calendar month this season. Henry was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month for December.

Mentally and physically, Henry feels ready.

"It's really (about) just being locked in on what you have been coached, and what the plan is. It's time to go," Henry said. "I'm fresh and feel good enough to do whatever they want me to do."

Henry finished last season with 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns, with a 4.9-yard average.

Despite sitting out the entire preseason, Henry said he feels good, and ready to go.

Cleveland finished 24th in the NFL vs. the run in 2018, allowing 135.2 yards per game. The Browns allowed 4.71 rushing yards per play.

But again, that was last year. A new season starts on Sunday, when Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will make his regular season debut.

"They're a good defense," Henry said. "They're physical, they have a lot of great players. I feel like they are good in all aspects. I feel like it's going to be a physical game.

"I am just excited to go out there with my teammates and play our first game against a good opponent. I am just ready to play. Arthur is excited, we're all excited. Football is back and it's a great time, a great time of the year."

Titans Online looks back at RB Derrick Henry's 2018 season, in which he rushed for a career-high 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns. (AP Photos)

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