NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – No team in the NFL has had two players rush for 1,000 yards since 2009, but former Titan great Eddie George expects that to end this season.
George says he thinks both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry will do it for the Titans.
“I think so. I totally believe so because Derrick Henry has the speed. You give him 15 carries, somewhere in that range 10 to 15 carries He’s gonna rip off a big one; he’s got the speed to do it,” he explained.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey has made it clear from the moment the Titans drafted the Heisman Trophy winner that Murray is still the starter, but after a big preseason with 216 yards on 34 carries, Henry has shown he can help the team and will get on the field.
Getting 1,000 yards means averaging about 63 yards a game, and George says Henry can do that “easily” in a backup role because of his speed.
“Derrick Henry in my opinion is going to be a superstar in this league. He is not just an in between the tackles kind of guy. He does have lateral quickness, he can get up field… Eventually, he can become the starter,” he told News 2.
Murray has topped 1,000 yards twice in the NFL including 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys when he went for a whopping 1,845 yards earning NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
George sees him returning to that form.
“DeMarco is playing with a chip on his shoulder, he was very quiet, didn’t say a whole lot. You know, he dealt with the drafting of Derrick Henry, he embraced that. He’s coming to prove something,” he said.
George loves the combination and the way the Titans plan to utilize them.
“They’re getting back to the mode of throwing iron fists. You know, they have two sledgehammers back there,” he told News 2.
In all, six NFL backfields have had two 1,000 yard rushers in a season, with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams last doing it for the Carolina Panthers in 2009.