George: Derrick Henry The Best Running Back In Football

Eddie George had high praise for the NFL's rushing leader

Tiki and Tierney
January 06, 2020 - 7:07 pm

Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing this season, with 1,540 yards and a league-high 16 rushing touchdowns. But it’s possible he saved his best for the playoffs.

Henry rushed 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s 20-13 road win over the Patriots on Saturday, and Eddie George was highly impressed.

“He’s the best running back in the league, bar none, because of his ability to wear you out in between the tackles, but also he’s a home run threat to take it from anywhere on the field,” the former Titans All-Pro running back said on Tiki & Tierney. “No one will catch him from behind. He’s just that good.”

Henry, a second-round pick in 2015, shared the Titans backfield with DeMarco Murray for his first couple of seasons in the NFL.

“Derrick would come in sporadically, so he would try to hit the home run every chance he got,” George said. “He was successful sometimes, and sometimes he wasn’t. So when the reins were turned over to him last year, he struggled with that. He was always trying to look for the home run instead of setting his runs up, taking on the defender versus trying to run around the defender. Once he started to impose his will and use his strength, his size and his sheer intimidation – dude is 6-4, 250, and he’s coming with force and power. He has a stiff arm from hell. Nobody wants to see that. He has just taken off.”

Henry, George said, realized that running between the tackles would be his bread and butter. That is why he’s so dominant late in games and late in seasons.

George believes that Henry, who had a career-high 303 carries this season, can be a bell-cow back for years to come.

“As a running back, you don’t want to share the rock,” George said. “You may say all the right things in the locker room, but feed me. Feed me as much as you can. You only have a small window to, one, make a ton of money at that position, two, to be as productive as you can be, and three, you just want to leave everything out there. I think he can have a good five- or six-year window because keep in mind he split time early in his career. We’re just now starting to see the tip of the iceberg in terms of productivity from Derrick Henry.”

Henry will lead the Titans against the Ravens this Saturday in Baltimore. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.