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Derrick Henry lands at No. 12 on PFF’s top 50 players heading into 2021

The King gets some much deserved love here.

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Running backs don’t always get the love they deserve. A two-time Pro Bowler and the team’s best overall player, Derrick Henry is coming off a historic season that saw him join the elite 2,000 yard rushing club. He’s well on his way to going down as one of the all-time greats at the position.

The longer Henry can sustain this elite level of play, the better his reputation outside of Nashville becomes. The Titans possess a great offense with several excellent players, but make no mistake — Henry is the engine that makes it run.

There’s a major outlet showing Henry some love today. The King ranks No. 12 on the Pro Football Focus top 50. Henry didn’t make the list last year. He certainly made the folks at PFF look foolish for omitting him. At least they owned up to their egregious error and ranked him fairly high this year.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Over the last two seasons, Henry has been on a one-man mission to prove that running backs do matter, and it’s tough to argue with what he’s done. He has piled up more yards after contact over that time (2,758) than any other running back has in total rushing yards (Dalvin Cook has 2,692 total rushing yards). Henry also leads the league with 133 broken tackles since 2019 and has averaged 3.7 yards after contact per carry in the playoffs.”

Henry is the third (and probably final) Titans player to make the list after A.J. Brown came in at No. 38 and Julio Jones was ranked No. 35.

What do you think? Should The King have ranked higher or is this a fair assessment? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.