With the news of their starting running back Derrick Henry out indefinitely, the Tennessee Titans are now in a hard position. He has continued to be one of, if not the best in the game this year. He’s a touchdown machine, who finds creases and follows blockers so well.
The team is looking to be playoff-bound, but now their workhorse back is not going to be a part of the lineup in the coming days. So, now what for Tennessee?
What to Make of the Current RB’s?
The Titans did in fact bring a new RB in, but let’s talk about those who have spent the whole year with the team. Jeremy McNichols has been good as a pass-catcher but has just seven carries for 38 yards. Mekhi Sargent has run the ball only twice for four yards.
They did just get Darrynton Evans back, and he has two attempts for seven yards. None of these guys have what it takes to replace Henry, or even take consistent carries. Some will need to get in there and play because the void will be monumental. 937 yards and 10 TD’s in eight games from Derrick Henry means the team will miss him badly.
Despite their newest acquisition, which I’ll talk about in the next section, it is unclear what the rotation will look like. And who he’ll split touches with.
Adrian Peterson Enters the Fray
After a long career with the Vikings, Adrian “All Day” Peterson has bounced around the league. He has played for the Washington Football Team, Lions, Saints, and Cardinals. And now he’s off to try and help replace the toughest RB in the entire league.
He appeared consistently for the Lions and Washington, showing that he still has plenty to offer. He is not coming here to be a mentor but to take a lot of carries. He is going to be invaluable, as somebody who may be able to handle a large workload.
AP’s carry total has dipped in three straight seasons, but still, he can be relied on. He went from 251 carries, down to 211, to 156 during his time with the Lions. He split with rookie D’Andre Swift last season, proving he is still far from washed.
His role is very much unclear, but he will be getting some touches right away. The future Hall of Famer has scored 5+ TD’s in the ground in each of those past three campaigns.
Relying More on Ryan Tannehill
The Titans have prided themselves on being a dominant run team, who can take long drives throughout a contest to get their defense some key rest time. But now, they will be looking to their QB Ryan Tannehill to carry them through games, to keep the team afloat.
In all, he has 2,002 passing yards and 10 TD’s, paired with seven interceptions. It could certainly be better, but the chemistry with A.J. Brown has been very good. Julio Jones has missed half the games and has 300 yards on 17 receptions without a TD in his five appearances.
Both of the team’s top wideouts will be relied heavily on to be there. If they can keep things going, the team may be able to remain a dark-horse contender without their star RB.
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