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New Titans GM eager to see how Derrick Henry shapes up

New Titans GM eager to see how Derrick Henry shapes up

The new general manager of the Tennessee Titans ran for two NFL seasons in Florida and with the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Carthon’s father, Maurice Carthon, played eight seasons as a fullback and served 19 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL, starting as a running-backs coach.

So the run is a spot on the football field close to Carton’s heart, and getting closer to Tennessee running back Derrick Henry is one of Carton’s first priorities after leaving his job as director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. .

“More than anything, I can’t wait to stand next to him to see how big he really is,” said cartoon,

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roster of titans Says Henry is 6 foot 3 and 247 pounds, but he’s bigger than that – at least for the Tennessee offense.

Henry has rushed for 7,101 yards and 68 touchdowns in his five seasons as the Titans rebound. Both numbers lead the NFL since the start of the 2018 season, and the TD figure is 20 more than any other player.

In addition to leading Tennessee in rushing each of the past five seasons, Henry led the NFL in rushing in 2019 and 2020, leading the league in 2021 when a broken leg forced him to miss the final nine games of the regular season. Caused and ended up runner-up in 2022.

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“I’ve been seeing Derrick since he was in Yuli High School – a Florida boy,” Carton said, who was a prep star at Key West High School. “I remember coach (Bill) Parcells telling me once: ‘Running back is a production-based position.’ If you didn’t get yards in high school and college, you ain’t getting them at this level. If you look at Derrick’s history, he got yards in high school, he got them in college and he got them at this level Received on

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Playing for the Yulie Hornets from 2009 to 2012, Henry set the national high school record for career rushing yards with 12,144, including 4,265 in his 13-game senior season.

At Alabama, Henry set SEC single-season records with 2,219 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in 2015, when he won the Heisman Trophy and helped the Crimson Tide capture the CFP national championship.

Over the past four seasons, Tennessee posted a 51–24 regular-season record, won the AFC South twice, went to the playoffs three times, and reached the AFC Championship Game once.

But in 2022, the Titans finished their last seven games at 7–10 and were eliminated from the playoffs, although a win in the regular-season finale would still have gotten Tennessee into the postseason. The Titans lost that game 20–16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed five games this season, and Tennessee went 1-4 without him. Rookie Malik Willis, a former Auburn QB, started three times in Tannehill’s place, but Joshua Dobbs, selected from the Detroit Lions’ practice squad on December 21, started the last two.

Carthon said that he thought that an offense built around a running back could still be part of a championship team in the NFL.

“Love playing Golden State Warriors football on October, September,” said cartoon“But when those situations change and you can’t throw the ball up and down the yard, you’re able to run it and you’re able to defend it. And I think if you can get those Look at the teams that are in the playoffs and are still playing at this level, everyone is capable of running the ball, so I think you can win championships that way.

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Carton’s job was left open when Tennessee fired John Robinson on December 6, in his seventh season as general manager of the Titans.

The Titans currently have six selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, starting with the 11th pick.

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Mark Inabinet is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @AMarkG1,

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