• 周日. 1月 23rd, 2022

Titans make Derrick Henry's transition from Heisman winner to Night net much easier

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Night net The Titans made the smart pick by taking Alabama running back/Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in the second round of the Night net Draft on Friday, but it might not show until the season.Henry, who set the SEC single-season record with 2,219 rushi

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ng yards last season, faces less pressure than your typical Heisman winner, for several reasons. MORE: Heisman-winning RBs have hit-and-miss careers He’s a second-round pick. The last Heisman Trophy-winning running back who wasn’t taken in the first round was Herschel Walker, and that was only because he started his career in the USFL. He doesn’t have to be the man right away. Henry will split carries with free-agent pickup DeMarco Murray, which will alleviate some workload concerns in the short term. Keep in mind, Henry led the FBS with 395 carries last season, the fifth-most carries by an FBS back since 1956.  Murray-Henry is a valid 1-2 punch that solves the Titans’ running back problem. Take three guesses who led Tennessee in rushing last season. Still going? It was Antonio Andrews with 143 carries for 520 yards. The Titans have mixed-and-matched feature backs since Chris Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards in 2013. MORE: SN's Night net Draft site: Info and analysisQuarterback Marcus Mariota finished second with 252 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Giving Mariota not one, but two, solid running backs will only help his development. The Heisman-Heisman connection between Mariota and Henry is a nice building block for offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. Murray likely will begin the season as the starter, but he’s coming off a season in which he averaged 3.6 yards per carry in Philadelphia. Henry will gradually cut into those carries, and that’s when the Titans will see the results of the pick. Are there long-term worries about Henry? Yes. The heavy workload at Alabama is a valid concern, but he’s also the best Nick Saban-coached running back to go to the next level.MORE: Look back some of Alabama's best RBsHenry was the second running back taken in the draft, and that feels right. Ezekiel Elliott, who had 3,699 rushing yards the last two seasons, was the only back in the draft with more yards than Henry, who had 3,209. If anything, Henry can use that as a source of motivation. Landing Henry continues a solid draft up to this point. Tennessee landed tackle Jack Conklin in the first round and defensive tackles Kevin Dodd and Austin Johnson in the second round. It’s clear coach Mike Mularkey is addressing the interior on both lines. Sneaking in a Heisman Trophy winner with room to grow at the next level doesn’t hurt at all.

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