By Austin Payne
The Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry has been nominated for FedEx’s FedEx Ground player of the week for their week 17 win over the Texans and his contribution in the running game throughout that matchup.
As a part of FedEx’s commitment to and partnership with service members of the US, FedEx will be donating $2,000 to the USO on behalf of each selected winner. The total of a $4,000 contribution will help facilitate the growth of USO Pathfinder, which provides numerous outlets and unique aids to assist service members as well as military families in their acclimation back to traditional life.
Henry, along with several other players including quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, as well as fellow back field members Joe Mixon and Damien Williams. FedEx facilitates this award by attributing the top passing and rushing performances of the week via their FedEx Ground and FedEx air services. You can vote for the selected nominees up until Thursday at 3 p.m. ET at this link, or on the NFL’s available polls posted on Twitter.
Henry is coming of a career year where he put up breakout numbers in his fourth year in the league. Claiming the leagues rushing title by racking up 1,540 yards on the ground to go with his 16 touchdowns as well as an additional 206 yards through the air. Albeit this has been a down year for running back performance in the NFL, with down years from Todd Gurley, injuries to Saquon, and David Johnson ending up in the doghouse somehow, we would typically see a slightly higher number be required to attain a rushing title.
Despite all of that, Henry’s progress and consistent improvement throughout his career all culminating into this type of season is exactly what the goal of drafting a player is, and precisely what the Titans hoped to see. It will be intriguing to see the type of contract he garners this offseason, and whether or not the Titans are the ones to give it to him.
Derrick has become a focal point of this ground attack the Titans have relied upon ever since the Quarterback switch made by head coach Mike Vrabel. The Titans now head into the playoffs to match up against the Patriots, which is no easy task regardless of the type of season they may have had.
For the Gamblers reading, the January 4th a game in which the Patriots currently sit at -4.5 point favorites, a surprisingly low number from Vegas, though i would expect to see it creep toward -7 throughout the week.