Count former Titans superstar Eddie George among those who want to see Derrick Henry given an opportunity “to be the guy” next season, after the backup running back outperformed DeMarco Murray in 2017 and took over for the injured starter during the team’s playoff run. “He’s got to get more opportunities,” George said about Henry, a fellow Heisman Trophy winner, during a conversation with The Tennessean last month after the Titans’ season ended with a divisional-round loss at New England. “He’s got to be given an opportunity to be the guy, and allow the game to come to him, versus him trying to show improvement, make something big happen and show that he’s worthwhile in this league. Because when you’re in that position, the second guy in, you don’t know when you’re going to get your opportunities. You want to make the most of it.” Henry, a 2016 second-round draft pick out of Alabama, led the Titans with 744 rushing yards, an average of 4.2 yards per touch, on 176 carries last season. He scored five rushing touchdowns. Henry started the Titans’ regular-season finale against the Jaguars and both playoff games, with Murray sidelined by a knee injury, and set a postseason single-game franchise record for yards from scrimmage in a wild-card victory against Kansas City. Murray, who turned 30 last week and is coming off the least-productive statistical season of his career, has two more years remaining on his contract but no further guaranteed money, according to overthecap.com, making him a prime candidate to be released. He’s due a base salary of $6.25 million in 2018. An increased workload, George argued, would allow Henry to have greater patience to pound the ball up the middle and use his 6-foot-3, 247-pound frame to wear opponents down, cutting down on his propensity to bounce outside to try to break a long run.
Eddie George: Titans' Derrick Henry needs 'opportunity to be the guy' next season
USA Today | Feb 19