Mike Herndon: The Titans' Derrick Henry and stacked boxes

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Over the past three and a half seasons, Derrick Henry has compiled some incredible numbers. Since taking over as the Titans' primary back late in the 2018 season, he’s carried the ball 987 times for 5,089 yards (5.16 YPC) and 50 touchdowns in just 43 games.

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An average Derrick Henry game over that stretch looks like this:

  • 23 carries, 118 yards, and a touchdown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the bulk of what’s behind them, the Titans ran their first-team offense against the first-team defense.

For what’s ahead of them, that won’t happen.Malik WIllis

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Now, when the Titans’ offense works, it will be against a defense composed of backup defenders, running sets it looks at on a card prior to each play, meant to imitate an upcoming opponent.

Similarly, the Titans’ defense will be running against a scout-team offense running carded plays that are what coaches have seen from the team and/or coordinator who will be on the field for the next game.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans had a long weekend to come to terms with the loss of a key cog in their defense and two newcomers had some time to start to get acclimated.

Harold Landry is out for the year after tearing his ACL during Wednesday’s practice.

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The team hopes waiver claim Derrek Tuszka (TUSK-uh) from the Steelers can be part of the replacement plan.

And they signed often-troubled Josh Gordon to their practice squad in the hopes of bolstering a weak group that is without Racey McMath for at least four games.

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PodcastArtNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new podcast episode awaits you and you can find it through the very friendly and helpful Linktree.

Whichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I delve into:

  • Harold Landry's injury
  • The top reason to feel good about this team
  • The top things they have to overcome
  • Why there is room for 11 rookies
  • The praise for Dez Fitzpatrick while they cut him, again.
  • Should we trust the judgment on Dennis Daley?
  • Derrick Henry's contract adjustment
  • Craig Aukerman's core special teamers and expecting actual results
  • The Titans and fantasy football

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last week, I wrote about how difficult it was going to be for Rashad Weaver to get snaps on defense despite his excellent training camp and preseason play.

Well, it's not going to be difficult anymore.Harold Landry

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Harold Landry, fresh off a new five-year $87 million dollar contract with $35.25 million guaranteed, tore his ACL at practice Wednesday per Adam Schefter. That means he will be out for the season.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jon Robinson had a superb 2019 draft.

Jeffery Simmons is a game-disrupting defensive tackle. A.J. Brown is a premier wide receiver who was worth so much after three seasons the Titans decided they had to deal him. Third-rounder Nate Davis is a quality right guard. Fourth-rounder Amani Hooker is a very good safety. Sixth-rounder David Long is a good coverage linebacker.

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Only fifth-rounder D’Andre Walker, hurt as a rookie, cut before his second season, busted.

That is a haul of a class.

The follow-up didn’t come close.

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Mike Herndon: Where the Titans will continue to churn the roster

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans released their initial 53-man roster for the 2022 season on Tuesday and there were a few mild surprises, but no true shockers included. Tre Avery and Kevin Strong over Chris Jackson and David Anenih aren’t exactly stunning. Keeping five running backs, while unexpected, ultimately isn’t that big of a deal.

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The roster is relatively good overall. Weak spots remain offensive line, receiver depth, and inside linebacker depth. Starters and players with significant roles on both sides of the ball are pretty set at this point.

Here are my thoughts on each position group and where Jon Robinson may look to continue to churn for depth.

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Kuharsky broadcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans, for now, are loaded with defensive linemen and running backs.

They are thin at tight end and are about to get thinner at receiver -- Terry McCormick reports that Racey McMath is heading to IR.

Let's gather to chat about what the Titans' first version of their 53-man roster looks like and where they ought to head from here.

You can head to the private Facebook page or head below to rewatch a broadcast that was loaded with good questions.

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