There weren’t many positives to come out of Miami for the Titans yesterday, but former New England Patriot running back Dion Lewis was one of them.
Lewis carried the bulk of the load with 16 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown compared to Derrick Henry’s 10 carries for 26 yards. The day could have looked a lot different for Henry if it weren’t for a horrendous officiating call that negated a long touchdown run. Thanks, Jerome (Booger).
Despite the long run, though, Lewis looked much more stout than Henry throughout the game. He broke more tackles, made more people miss, and simply brought a new energy to the running game. He was the best back on the field and by quite a large margin.
For a year that Derrick Henry was looking forward to as the feature back, we may have a “not so fast” situation on our hands.
Since Henry has been in Tennessee, he’s been wildly inconsistent. There have been weeks that make Titans fans jump out of their seats at the power and speed he has shown, and then other weeks when he drops like a fly at the slightest hint of contact. That’s always been frustrating because he is a gigantic human being.
As the season progresses, we’ll see more and more how the carries even out, but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being very similar to 2016 and 2017 with Demarco Murray in the backfield. And who knows? Maybe Lewis runs away with it even more.
Overall, I was impressed with the way Lewis ran the ball in the opener and he’s going to be a big asset for this offense. It’s way early, but he’s looking like the better fantasy option than Henry as well.
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