The Tennessee Titans will have running back Derrick Henry back in the fold for at least one more season. The team placed their franchise tag on Henry, and Henry signed the tag on Thursday, according to ESPN. The two sides can still work out a long-term contract extension by July 15th, but this guarantees he’s in camp on time even without a new deal.
Henry had a big 2019 campaign, but it was notable that he kicked it into another gear around the midway point. After averaging 4.9 yards per carry the first two games of the season, Henry averaged 3.4 yards per carry the next five games. Over the final eight games of the season, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry with five games over 100 yards in the final six weeks. During that stretch he had 11 of his 16 regular season touchdowns.
Henry finished the season as the second highest scoring standard running back behind Christian McCaffrey, and the fifth highest PPR running back. He will be an RB1 in 2020, but with 303 regular season carries, there’s a good chance we see his numbers decline this season. He is still someone you can slot in weekly as your number one back, but a decline in total yards is a decent bet.