ESPN Ranks Derrick Henry as The No. 1 Running Back in the NFL
In a recent article, ESPN ranked Derrick Henry as the No. 1 running back in the NFL. The network surveyed more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to put together this list.
Last season, Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. His 2,027 yards set a new Titans franchise record and are the fifth-highest rushing total ever.
He was named the 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the "Tennessean of the Year" by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. and earned first-team All-Pro honors by the Associate Press. Henry also became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-2007) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive season.
Over the last two seasons, Henry has more rushing yards after contact than any other running back has total rushing yards. Since 2018, Henry leads in the NFL in rushing yards (4,626) and yards per game (98.4). Henry has recorded five career games with 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the most in NFL history.
The former Heisman trophy shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his sixth season in the NFL. Henry's intense workouts have been on full display this offseason. At 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Henry has made a living off of throwing grown men out of his way and running by them.
Former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs was also listed in the top 10. The 23-year old back has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first two seasons. Jacobs rushed for 479 yards after contact last season, which ranked sixth in the NFL. After scoring seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, he scored 12 in 2020. Jacobs would also earn his first trip Pro Bowl.
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