NASHVILLE — Everyone in the NFL knows that the Tennessee Titans offense starts and ends with running back Derrick Henry. Coming off an injury-shortened 2021, questions about Henry’s future viability have already started.

Tennessee’s “King” has a message for those who doubt him.

“I get motivated by anything,” said Henry on Tuesday. “Someone could motivate me and they wouldn’t even know. (The doubt) definitely motivated me. The doubters, whatever they want to be, I’m definitely motivated. I’m ready to go. So, we gon see.”

There will be plenty of eyes on Henry and the Titans this season, for certain.

Henry’s not worried about the foot injury

The running back reiterated several times that the Jones Fracture that caused him to miss the final 10 weeks of Tennessee’s regular season is no longer a concern.

“I’ve been working with (physical therapist) Luke Miller, who worked under the guy that did my surgery,” Henry said. “Doing a lot of footwork. Finding my toes, he always tells me that when I’m working out. All type of different stuff, just so I’m balancing my foot. I feel good running hills, doing restricted running, being on the field and catching the ball.”

In the Titans first day of mandatory minicamp, there were no signs of limitations for Henry.

The running back moved well in individual drills with his position group. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got Henry involved when the two units converged later in the day. As for live reps, Henry deferred any questions about potentially playing in any of Tennessee’s preseason games to coach Mike Vrabel.

As to the questions of Henry’s effectiveness moving forward, skeptics of a player at the running back position coming into his late 20’s off of a substantial foot injury are fair.

Henry’s style has never lent itself to making defenders miss, either. The toll of that kind of contact at the NFL level, particularly with the kind of usage that Henry has gotten inside the 20-yard line. The Titans offensive focal point handled red zone carries on 76.4% (3rd) of snaps in 2019 and 67.0% (2nd) in 2020.

There is reason to believe that those numbers would have held steady had his 2021 campaign not been so unceremoniously interrupted. For all the reasons to be wary of Henry’s longevity, it is bad business to doubt him. Tennessee under Vrabel is committed to their ground game.

The Titans are more than dedicated to Henry.

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