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Texans Preparing For Thunder, Lightning

Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis An Ideal Backfield

September 13, 2018 - 4:16 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis give the Titans the thunder and lightning that offensive coordinators covet in their backfield.

“That’s the ideal backfield. You’ve got a big back, power back and then you have a guy that can work in space. Henry, he’s downhill, but if you give him the edge, most guys won’t catch him. Dion Lewis is kind of the same time of back that we faced last week with James White. They can run him out of the backfield, they can line him up outside. They have a lot of different options that they like to use on offense. We just have to be ready to match up with those guys,” Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu told the media on Thursday.

Henry enters his third year in the NFL ready to be the workhorse running back after being drafted by Tennessee in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Last year, despite backing up Demarco Murray, Henry ran for 744 yards.  To help ease the load for Henry the Titans signed Dion Lewis in the off-season.  Lewis spent the last three years in New England, and had over 1,000 all-purpose yards last season.

“That’s a good duo. Big and small. (Dion) Lewis is a very, very good back out of the backfield, can catch and run. (Derrick) Henry, downhill, you don’t want to let him get his feet going. Try to contain both of those guys is going to be a tough task for us, but I think we’re up for it,” Jadeveon Clowney added.

The year didn’t start like the Titans running back tandem would have liked.  In a 27-20 loss to Miami, Lewis dominated the production with 110 total yards and a touchdown, while Henry only had 26-yards on 10 carries.  Despite the lopsided production, both are home run threats.

“They got two very good running backs. One of them is a little bit bigger, stronger, runner, the other one is a little bit quicker runner. So, we just have to know who’s in the game and understand what their abilities are and how we need to defend them,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said.  “But, both of them we need to get guys to the ball, as many guys as we can, to keep them from getting a seam or a crease because both of them, if you give them a crease, they can run for a touchdown."