Derrick Henry is coming off a foot injury from last year against the Colts. He broke his fifth metatarsal, while it’s not a major injury it does take time to recover. Since his injury, Henry has made a full recovery and is practicing in minicamp. What can we expect to see from Derrick Henry in the 2022 Season?
The Upside of Henry’s Return
As Fans of Football we would love to see Henry dominate the field. In his last two years he has had Nearly 3000 rushing yards and 27 Touchdowns. With this historic numbers come historic usage rates. He has over 500 carries in the last two seasons as well. In the 2022 season we could see Henry exceed the amount of carries he had in the 2020 season, with the expectation of another 2000 yard season. And there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect these numbers. With the lack of receiving options, Mike Vrabel could see this offense become more run dominant than it has been. And why not? Henry is the most dominant running back of the last 10 years. He has impressive speed, towering size, and strength not seen before.
With injuries it is scary to see players get played at any capacity. This case is scary for Henry, Likely to still receive over 300 carries in the 2022 NFL, because this could lead to possible new injuries. This isn’t the probable case for Henry. He had a minor injury to a bone in his foot, not one connect to any part of the body that gives incredible balance or power. It is like breaking a pinky. Once properly healed and strengthened the chance of reinjury is minimal.
What To Really Expect Of Derrick Henry’s Return
The reality of the situation is Henry’s production will not decline on his ability, but the limitations placed on him in order to remain healthy. The Titans will have to adapt to the situation to where Henry and the Team both succeed. He will likely see less reps in the beginning of the season. Then as they reach the end of the season we will likely see 25 carries a game from Henry, with monstrous rushing totals and touchdowns. Not exactly on pace for another 2000 yards season, we will expect to see him have a great season for any running back in the NFL.
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