When Titans running back Derrick Henry did some self-scouting during the bye week, he didn’t like what he saw.
The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner has been a disappointment in his production, even to himself, as he has just 273 yards rushing and one touchdown through seven games thus far.
“I went and watched every run I’ve had this season. I evaluated myself and was truthful with myself. There’s a lot of things I can get better at,” Henry said. “We work on these things in practice, but I have to show it in the games. I could sit here and talk all day, but if I don’t show it in the game, it don’t mean anything. I did a lot of self-evaluating on the bye week and had some time off. There’s certain things that I really need to get better and I just have to be truthful with myself that the season hasn’t been very good.”
Henry admitted that he has not been as physical as a 6-3, 247-pound running back ought to be, and said he has to do a better job with that and in all other areas of his play to turn things around. He even talked about the fact that he has
to play better or he could be replaced.
“I think the big thing is I’ve got to start fast and be consistent. You all know, if you’re inconsistent in this league, they’ll find somebody to replace you,” Henry said. “The biggest thing is being consistent in everything I do. It’s about being efficient, and finishing runs and running hard and being physical. I don’t feel like I’ve done those things.”
Henry has been critical of his play pretty much all season, and said he has fallen far short of his preseason goals to be the bell cow back for the Titans. That was something that the Titans were probably counting on as well with the release of DeMarco Murray in the off-season and Henry putting up a 156-yard effort in the Titans’ playoff win last January in Kansas City.
“Before camp, I stood before y’all in camp and said I wanted to be an elite back. I feel like I haven’t done that. My main focus is just to help this team win and be aggressive and be consistent,” he said.
The Titans, losers of three straight and coming off a bye week, are back in action Monday night in Dallas against the Cowboys.