1. RB Derrick Henry
No doubt about it, Henry is not only Tennessee’s best player, but one of, if not the best offensive player in the NFL. The former Alabama standout has had three 1000+ yard seasons in his career since entering the league in 2016 as a second-round draft pick. Henry’s best season was in 2020 in which he ran for 2027 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns.
The Titans running back was on track to break the single season rushing yards record in 2021 before he was injured and sidelined for the second half of the regular season. Before his injury, Henry was on track for 2,110 rushing yards, which would have broken the record of 2,105 yards set by Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1984.
This is the first major injury the Tennessee back has picked up in his career. Henry is now 28 years old and this is the point where running backs see regression in performance. Henry is not like other running backs, but he is coming off of a foot injury, which could be the first of more nagging injuries as he ages.
The Giants shouldn’t move their focus away from Henry, as he will still be the focal piece of Tennessee’s offense this season. Preparing to stop the Titans running back is the greatest challenge for any NFL defense, as few have had success in trying. If the Giants are to beat Tennessee come Week 1, then shutting down the running game needs to be part of the game plan.