The waiting is the hardest part.
It’s a lesson Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is learning as he patiently waits for his big break in the NFL. The former Alabama All-American and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner had a productive rookie campaign playing second fiddle to DeMarco Murray in the Titans’ backfield. But like every other NFL player, the desire to start and taste success might mean waiting longer than expected.
One NFL Hall of Famer and former SEC running back had some advice for Henry as he enters his second season as a pro.
“I think Derrick, he just has to be patient, and his time will come,” Terrell Davis told TitansOnline.com. “He knew going in that they had DeMarco when he got drafted there. He just has to make the best of it, the chances he gets. But I wouldn’t get discouraged, and, hopefully, he is not.”
Davis’ career may have been short, but it was successful enough to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
The former Georgia Bulldog knows a thing or two about defying odds and making his presence known in the NFL. Originally, Davis was a sixth-round pick in 1995. He parlayed that into a starting spot as a rookie and a 2,000-yards season in 1998.
In Henry’s rookie NFL campaign he rushed for 490 yards and five touchdowns on 110 attempts with 13 receptions for 137 yards. Henry completed his Heisman Trophy season for Alabama with 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 rushing attempts.
The Titans drafted Henry after trading for former NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray. Murray ran for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns on 293 carries and caught 53 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.
Because of the effort of both backs, the Titans finished third in the NFL in rushing offense with an average of 136.7 rushing yards per game in 2016.
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