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In his rookie season Navy Dion Lewis Jersey , Derrick Henry showed glimpses of what he could do with a limited amount of touches. In year three, it appeared that with a new coaching staff in place and Murray out of the picture, the real Derrick Henry would stand up and his production would be booming.But...that hasn’t happened.It is evident that Matt LaFleur still hasn’t figured out how to properly use Henry where his effectiveness can make an offensive impact.Understanding HenryHenry’s physical size is deceiving when trying to understand exactly what he is capable and can excel at. He’s not a bruiser. He doesn’t boast a pounding, physical run-style. His physicality isn’t even his biggest strength - and some would say it is one area he lacks. Henry is not a violent runner, despite being built like one. He is a home run hitter. He is a threat when he builds up steam. He is virtually unstoppable once he accelerates to the second level of the defense. He is also completely ineffective when his legs are wrapped up in the backfield, when he doesn’t trust the hole and when he’s has a low volume of carries.Bring Back the CloserHenry is slated in the starting role, but what does that really mean?Sure, he gets the nod to be the first back on the field. However, after a series, Dion Lewis receives most of the workload due to being better in the passing game. Why start Henry just show a start is credited to his stat line? If the goal is solely just to give Henry the start so he is labeled a “starter”, that is weak and is not allowing the offense to prosper. To fix this issue, LaFleur must start Lewis. Give him nod, and then bring in Henry when he is most effective - late in games when defenses are worn down. It’s better for his confidence because a fresh-legged Henry is able to do damage against a fatigued defense.Henry isn’t a back that can thrive in an offense that will give him the majority of his touches in the first half. He needs volume, or at least the majority of his carries to be in the third and fourth quarter.Tale of Two HalvesHenry only carried the football three times in the second half against the Ravens. Sure Youth Dennis Kelly Jersey , with only a handful of offensive possessions and trailing 21, it’s somewhat understandable as to why the Titans decided not to run the ball. The team needed points and the fastest way to score is through the air - usually. However, Baltimore’s relentless pass rush essentially eliminated the Titans pass attack as they wrapped up Marcus Mariota nearly a record amount of times for the sack.But - let’s look back to the previous games and the usage of Henry.Against the Buffalo Bills, Henry toted the football 11 times for 56 yards. He only had three carries in the second half.Against the Eagles, Henry had eight carries for 24 yards. Again, three carries in the second half.Against the Jaguars, Henry rushed 18 times for a total of 57 yards with 13 carries accrued in the second half of play. Yes - this is an outlier that goes against my arguement. If Henry is fed the ball 18 times but only had 57 yards, why would they elect to force feed him? The answer is because no two defenses are the same and Henry’s ability to break one off is undeniable.When the Titans faced Houston, Henry had 18 carries for 56 yards. Similar to the above stat line - however, Henry was an essential ingredient to a winning formula. The incorporation of the Wildcat offense centered around Henry. He was able to move the chains and put the Titans in position to score points. Remember, Henry’s stats in the season opener are deceiving. He finished with 26 yards on 10 attempts. He also had a 60+ yard touchdown negated due to a bogus penalty. With all that being said - it’s clear that Henry hasn’t been used right and in order for the offense to take off, LaFleur must brainstorm on ways in which the team can use Henry’s abilities to produce offensive points or sustain drives.Trial and ErrorWhen the Titans travel to London to face the Los Angeles Chargers, Lewis should be the starting running back. Try to ignite the passing offense early and mix in some Lewis runs to get the defense off balance. Then, once the defense is teetering, send in Henry.Henry doesn’t need to start to make an offensive impact. He just needs to be used in the right circumstance. Early in games - especially on first down - Henry may have some carries that go for no gain or a loss of a few yards.

This causes drives to stall and can be a shot to the offense’s - and Henry’s - confidence. Reverse the course by allowing the offense to not be easily identifiable in the opening series. With Henry cemented as the starter http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-brett-kern-jersey , defenses know the Titans are going to try and run the ball early. Adapt, adjust and let Lewis start.Then, give Henry some work. The team will benefit by understanding when and how to use Henry. LaFleur must realize this sooner rather than later.Recap: Packers beat Titans 31-17 It’s the preseason, so no true game story tonight. Instead, here’s a collection of takeaways from the first watch of tonight’s game. The Titans lost 31-17. This does not matter at all.Corey Davis did go through warm-ups before the game. He did not play, however. No Rishard Matthews either, as expected. It was Darius Jennings and Taywan Taylor getting the start at receiver. It’s notable that Tajae Sharpe played behind Jennings tonight, just as we have seen in practice. First Team OffenseMarcus Mariota hit Nick Williams out of the slot on a short throw. Williams broke a tackle and got free, flipping the field and getting the Titans in striking distance. Mariota tossed a really nice fade route to Taylor, who tripped. That was an easy six points had Taylor not lost his footing. Mariota came back with a short touchdown pass to Jennings. It was a really nicely designed play, featuring a couple of picks on the inside. Jennings ran a quick inside route and easily scored. Derrick Henry took three carries for 11 yards while Dion Lewis handled one carry for seven yards on the opening drive.Mariota played just one series. He finished 2-3 for 42 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball once for seven yards.First Team DefenseHarold Landry got the start on the edge in place of the injured Brian Orakpo.That new secondary we were all so excited to see? Well.... not a great start. It was Adoree’ Jackson getting beat a couple of times for short gains, then Malcolm Butler gave up a deep completion to Davante Adams. Butler was in decent position, but the ball was spot on from Brett Hundley.Hundley finished off the drive with a short pass to Jamaal Williams, who capitalized on a missed tackle from Jayon Brown.Other notesRookie safety Dane Cruikshank went down with an injury on punt coverage. He was attempting to recover a fumble when he landed awkwardly on his arm/shoulder.Harold Landry made an impact early. He fired off the left side of the line and dipped under the left tackle, coming free for a sack. He stripped the ball from Hundley in the process. Mike Vrabel chose to go for it on 4th and 4 from the Packers’ 12 yard line in the second quarter. Akrum Wadley was able to convert. Do with that information what you will Jonnu Smith Jersey , but it was nice to see the Titans make such an aggressive move early on. Gimel President was able to get pressure and a hit in on Hundley, forcing a fluttering pass which was picked off by Jayon Brown. LeShaun Sims had a huge first half. After forcing a fumble on a punt, Sims came back and was super active in man coverage. He nearly single-handedly ended a Packers drive with a couple of pass breakups in the endzone. Anthony Firkser didn’t have a great night. He caught a pass in the first quarter with open field in front of him, only to fall down on his own. He backed that up with a drop in the third quarter. Akrum Wadley showed some flashes of ability tonight, but lost a fumble to open the fourth quarter. Cameron Batson handled most of the kick-off returns tonight. Wadley got the last two, taking the last one 50+ yards. Luke Falk missed on a deep attempt late in the game. Devin Ross came free deep, but Falk was a good ten yards short. He followed that up with a nice timing out-route to Deontay Burnett, however. Falk finished the night strong, capping off a touchdown drive with a throw to Tim Semisch.Rico Gafford, Demontre Hurst and Joseph Este had rough nights in the second half. The first five cornerbacks seem firmly set, as expected.Stay tuned to MCM for full coverage as we wrap this one up.
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