Even by metrics that are arguably made up, Derrick Henry is the best running back in the NFL. Nick Shook of NFL.com has an article out that looks at the running backs that exceeded expected rushing yards and Henry was atop the list.
From the article:
As you’ll see, Henry, who recently signed a well-deserved four-year, $50 million deal with the Titans, was the only running back in the entire league to post a rushing yards over expectation per attempt of more than 1 yard (1.05) in 2019. Only 10 running backs in the entire league posted a rate of 0.55 yards or better, and only two were even within 0.25 yards on average of Henry’s mark.
It’s funny to me that people still want to act like running backs don’t matter. There are a lot of running backs that are essentially the same, but Henry is an outlier. Add to that the fact that he is in a system that is set up perfectly for him, and it is a no brainer to give him the contract they did.