Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry

30-Year-Old Running BackRB
Baltimore Ravens
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Henry is one of a kind with no true case study for a player bearing his traits, making it especially difficult to make the right call on the question of physical decline -- something that's already difficult enough to determine for running backs. The decline always happens, but in Henry's case there's reason to suspect he can remain productive into his early 30s. As much as his career workload of 2,030 carries (2,186 including playoffs) is a concerning figure, it's defenders who tend to get the worst of the collisions that involve him, and there might be a different exchange rate of usage to decline for someone with his combination of size (6-3, 247) and speed. That combination could prove a dangerous fit in a Ravens offense that already spreads defenses thin with the rushing threat posed by Lamar Jackson. Good as Henry might be as a rusher for the Baltimore offense, he'll have a hard time matching his workloads from Tennessee and isn't likely to catch many passes (Justice Hill paced Baltimore running backs with 28 receptions in 16 games last year). The 30 year old may be even more reliant on touchdowns than in past seasons, though he at least figures to spend plenty of time in the red zone now that he's with a much better team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year contract with the Ravens in March of 2024.
Lands with Ravens
RBBaltimore Ravens
March 12, 2024
Henry is signing a two-year contract with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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It's a match that's been rumored all offseason, after the Ravens infamously attempted just six RB carries in an AFC Championship Game loss to Kansas City. For Henry, it'll be the first change of scenery in his pro career, following an eight-year stint with the Titans that featured five 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including three over 1,500 and one over 2,000. He led the league with 280 carries in 2023 and hit pay dirt 12 times, though he averaged a career-low 4.17 yards per attempt while ceding nearly half of Tennessee's backfield snaps to rookie Tyjae Spears. There's reason to believe the 30-year-old's YPC mark will rebound with the move to Baltimore, where he'll have superior QB play and likely a better offensive line. Henry's contract reportedly has a base value of $16 million over two years, with $9 million guaranteed and then another $4 million available via incentives.
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How do Derrick Henry's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
17.5%
 
Positive Run %
84.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
74.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.1
 
Rushing TD %
4.3%
 
Touches Per Game
18.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
57.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.15
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.8%
 
% Team Targets
7.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
77.8%
 
Drop Rate
5.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.9
 
% Targeted On Route
19.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.16
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Derrick Henry's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
247 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.38 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.20 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
130 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Heavy workload in 2024?
RBBaltimore Ravens
May 25, 2024
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said Thursday that getting Henry to 300 carries in 2024 is a goal for the Ravens in 2024, Michael Baca of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Henry is the clear-cut RB1 for the Ravens, with Justice Hill projected to serve as the primary backup. Henry has registered 280-plus carries in four of the last five seasons, and he failed to reach that mark in 2021 due to a broken bone in his right foot. Since 2018, the veteran running back has led the league with 1,744 carries for 8,268 yards and 80 touchdowns. After spending the first eight seasons of his career with Tennessee, Henry will serve as a formidable one-two punch in the running game alongside quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.
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Henry's remarkable career appears to be trending downward somewhat, or at least that's true of the Titans in general, but he was still plenty capable in 2022 and settled any concerns regarding the foot injury that he suffered in 2021. Henry had no trouble planting the foot and inflicting his customary level of punishment on defenders, and encouragingly his big-play ability was about the same as ever. Henry's 10 carries of 20-plus yards last year are the second most of his career, and his four carries of 40-plus tied a career high from 2020. Not just that, but Henry showed real growth as a pass catcher, drawing a career-high 41 targets (previous high 31) and catching 33 for 398 yards (a new high by 192 yards). He'll turn 30 in January and is coming off four straight seasons with more than 20 carries per game, so the specter of decline understandably might give some fantasy investors pause, though it's difficult to tell what rules apply to a runner as freakishly built as the 247-pound Henry. Other running backs would've slowed down years ago with usage like Henry's, but it hasn't happened to him yet.
A foot injury that cost him the second half of last season was the main obstacle standing between Henry and a third consecutive rushing title, and maybe even a second consecutive 2,000-yard campaign. He averaged career highs of 27.4 carries and 2.5 targets per game, up from 23.6 and 1.9 the year before, and ran for 937 yards and 10 TDs in eight games despite seeing eight-man fronts 36 percent of the time, one of the highest marks in the league. But there were signs his huge workload was catching up to him, even before he got hurt. Henry's 4.3 yards per carry was a step back from his performance the previous two seasons, and the downturn partially came from breaking tackles at a lower rate. He averaged 2.2 yards after contact in 2021, following 3.2 in 2019 and 2.8 in 2020, and his 10 broken tackles in those eight games was almost half his usual rate. On the other hand, he still ran with shocking speed for a big man, as rushing champ Jonathan Taylor was the only running back to post a faster top speed on a touchdown in 2021. Last season also was Henry's best yet in terms of per-game fantasy production, boosted by the ridiculous volume, and he even returned from his foot injury for a playoff loss to the Bengals. The Titans will keep riding their 28-year-old workhorse as long as he'll hold up, with the burden on the running game as large as ever this season after star wide receiver A.J. Brown was shipped to Philadelphia on draft day and replaced by rookie Treylon Burks.
It's still mind-boggling that as recently as 2018, the Titans thought Henry needed to split touches with Dion Lewis. Since then, he's proven to be the most physically dominant back in the league, winning consecutive rushing crowns and posting the eighth 2,000-yard campaign in NFL history. Henry hasn't wilted as his carries have increased either, keeping his YPC higher than 5.0 for the second straight season and finishing second to Dalvin Cook in broken tackles. In fact, Henry seems to thrive on dishing out punishment to defenders, and if you only counted his yards after contact, he still would have finished fourth in the league in rushing. There's just nothing subtle about his running style, as he uses his 6-3, 247-pound frame to bludgeon his way through holes and over would-be tacklers, while his nimble feet and breakaway speed are what set him apart from large backs who get stuck in short-yardage roles. The Titans will look for 2020 third-round pick Darrynton Evans to take a step forward and become a reliable passing-down option, but there's little else on the depth chart behind the duo as the team has clearly learned its lesson. Henry should once again see a big workload, pound out yards and wear down defenses, allowing Ryan Tannehill to do damage off play-action.
Henry's eruption at the end of 2018 proved to be merely a prelude to a thunderous 2019. He edged Nick Chubb for the rushing crown thanks both to a league-high 303 carries and 5.1 YPC, while also tying Aaron Jones for the league lead with 16 rushing touchdowns. At a beastly 6-3, 247, Henry is nearly impossible to bring down once he gets a head of steam - he tied for third in the NFL with 29 broken tackles (emphasis on the "broken") while ranking second with an average of 3.2 yards after contact. The Titans remain reluctant to use him much in the passing game, putting a ceiling on his overall fantasy production, but he continues to show some ability as a receiver, and there may be no more terrifying situation for a cornerback than seeing Henry get the ball in the flat and realizing you're all that stands between him and the end zone. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill thrived with the play-action opportunities Henry helped to create, and it is unlikely offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will add too many wrinkles to a formula that worked so brilliantly in the second half of last season. Henry even signed a long-term contract in July, removing the possibility of a holdout. Given his low workload prior to 2019, he should still have a few more seasons of peak output in the tank despite his punishing running style.
Henry's 2018 campaign really doesn't make much sense on paper. For 12 games he struggled in a timeshare with Dion Lewis, pigeon-holed as a short-yardage and power complement to the shifty former Patriot. Then Week 14 against the Jaguars happened. It's hard to believe a single performance could so radically change a club's perception of a player, but when the player rumbles for 238 yards and four TDs in four quarters, that's exactly what happens. Henry took on a heavier workload as the unquestioned lead back after that, and all told he piled up 55 percent of his rushing yards and seven of his 12 TDs in the season's final quarter, looking like a modern-day Earl Campbell while doing it. There's nothing subtle about Henry's skill set. He's a huge back who runs at and through people (his 38 broken tackles on rushes tied Saquon Barkley for second in the league) and while he possesses strong balance and surprising speed, his mindset is to wear down the defense and make it dread trying to tackle him. Lewis remains on hand for passing downs, but now that the Titans have figured out what they have in Henry, expect them to lean heavily on their 247-pound back.
The Titans elected not to bring back DeMarco Murray for 2018, and it's easy to see why after Henry outperformed the 30-year-old on the ground last year. One of the NFL's most intimidating backs, Henry uses every bit of his 6-3, 247-pound frame to inflict damage on any defender with the temerity to try bringing him down. He also displays surprisingly nimble feet, but for the most part his game is pure power, as he muscles through arm tackles in the hole and simply relies on mass and inertia to pick up yards after contact. So far, it's worked - Henry had eight runs of at least 15 yards and scored five TDs in each of his first two NFL campaigns, despite getting minimal work at the goal line. He figures to have more scoring opportunities with Murray out of the picture, but the Titans didn't give Dion Lewis a four-year, $19.8 million contract just to have him watch from the sidelines. Lewis figures to handle third-down work and mix in with Henry on early downs, likely forming a true timeshare. Nonetheless, Henry is poised for a big bump in his production, running behind a strong offensive line with new coordinator Matt LaFleur calling the shots.
Plucked in the second round of the 2016 draft, Henry's chances of making an impact as a rookie were dashed when the Titans picked up DeMarco Murray on the cheap from the Eagles, but he still put together a solid first season in the NFL with his limited opportunities. A huge, bruising force of nature out of the backfield at 6-3, 247, Henry doesn't make many people miss and doesn't need to, instead using his size and power to make himself difficult to wrap up and take down. He started to earn the coaching staff's trust at the goal line as the season progressed, scoring three TDs from inside the 5-yard line in the last three games, and he could see his duties there expand in 2017 as the Titans look to keep Murray healthy. As long as the veteran is around, though, Henry's touches and production will be capped.
Henry finally stepped into a featured role as a junior at Alabama, and he was ready for the work. The Tide ran him into the ground through 15 games: a ridiculous 395 carries, good for 2,219 yards and 28 scores. Henry capped his career with a Heisman trophy in December and a National Championship in January. He rolled up 167 yards and three scores in the clincher over Clemson. Henry starts the year as the clear No. 2 back in Tennessee — behind veteran DeMarco Murray — and Henry's lack of receiving chops (17 career catches) won't get him on the field. His 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame can be seen as a blessing or a curse — it enables him to run over defenders and gain yards after initial contact, but it also makes him a big target. Henry could lead Tennessee in rushing touchdowns, and he should be a weapon.
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Likely to leave Titans
RBTennessee Titans
February 27, 2024
Henry doesn't seem likely to stay with the Titans, though GM Ran Carthon suggested Tuesday that the team will at least have conversations about re-signing the running back, ESPN's Turron Davenport reports.
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Could fit with new coach?
RBTennessee Titans
January 26, 2024
New Titans coach Brian Callahan suggested Friday that he'd like to work with Henry, who is scheduled for unrestricted free agency this offseason, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. "A player like [Henry' fits into any offense," Callahan said. "If he's open to a return, that fits for us. I'm never going to reject good players. "
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Carries load in upset win
RBTennessee Titans
January 7, 2024
Henry rushed the ball 19 times for 153 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-20 win over Jacksonville.
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Held to 12 touches
RBTennessee Titans
December 31, 2023
Henry rushed the ball 12 times for 42 yards in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Texans. He was targeted once but did not record a catch.
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Bounces back with two TDs
RBTennessee Titans
December 24, 2023
Henry had 19 carries for 88 yards with a touchdown and one reception for 11 yards against Seattle on Sunday. He also completed his only pass attempt for a 12-yard touchdown in the 20-17 loss.
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