Derrick Henry already a Hall of Famer? FOX Sports analyst believes RB has an argument
Derrick Henry is putting up unreal numbers at an incredible pace in 2021. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Tennessee Titans running back led the NFL in rushing in both 2019 and 2020, and he’s cruising toward another rushing title this season.
On Monday night, Henry had another electric performance, running for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns while leading the Titans to a 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. Through 6 games, he has 783 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 130.5 yards per game would be a career high.
Since Tennessee took Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the former Alabama running back has continued to get even better. Is it possible the 27-year-old has already done enough in his 6 NFL seasons to merit consideration for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction?
Peter Schrager, an analyst for FOX Sports and NFL Network, believes so, as he shared his take during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday.
“If he doesn’t take another snap his entire NFL career, he has a Hall of Fame argument to be made,” Schrager said on the show. “He’s won the rushing title twice, he’s carried his team to the playoffs twice, he’s had big playoffs moments in Baltimore, in New England. And what he’s doing this season might be his coup de grâce.
“So I don’t think there will be another one like him, just the way these offenses are built and just the way that he’s built. Najee Harris was the first running back taken in this year’s NFL Draft. He’s a nice player, he’s going to have a great NFL career. Is he ever going to be Derrick Henry? No. I don’t know if anyone will, just the way that they use him and the way that he gets better and better as the seasons go on.”
But a Hall of Famer? Already?
“I think so, he’s the best of his generation,” Schrager said. “I think if you write the history of the NFL, who was the best in his generation? Adrian Peterson’s going to the Hall of Fame, yeah. Who’s the next one? You can’t just say there’s not going to be a running back for 15 years. And he’s the guy.
“It’s going to be a nice 4-year window, 5-year window in NFL history where he’s going to be first-team All-Pro every year. I could make the argument that if he never takes a snap, he’s in the conversation. Does he get in? I don’t know. If Terrell Davis gets in with 6 seasons of great numbers and what Derrick Henry’s doing is eclipsing all of that — except for the Super Bowl rings, of course — I think there’s a conversation to be had for Derrick Henry in the Hall of Fame.”
"If he doesn't take another snap, he has a Hall of Fame argument to be made."
-Pete Schrager (@PSchrags) on Derrick Henry
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) October 19, 2021
Henry will look to keep it going in Week 7, as the Titans will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.