Derrick Henry's pass catching gives Tennessee Titans' opponents something new to worry about

After the Tennessee Titans ran into trouble getting Derrick Henry through and around opposing defenses, they tried something new Sunday. They sent Henry over the Vegas Raiders' defense by tossing him the ball, and it worked.

Henry had more carries and catches than any Titan in the 24-22 win at Nissan Stadium.

The Raiders (0-3) had started shutting down some of the Titans' (1-2) intermediate pass plays so Henry was split out and became a receiver. It was an opportunity, coach Mike Vrabel said, to show off Henry's versatility.

"They were trying to get back to try to stop some of the intermediate play passes that we've had and like to have success with," Vrabel said. "I thought the best thing was that Derrick was available. He got to those spots quickly and then Ryan (Tannehill) was able to find him. Derrick did a nice job of putting the ball away and turning up and gaining some valuable yardage."

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Henry ended up with his best game since breaking a bone in his foot in Week 8 of the 2021 season. He had 20 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown along with five catches for 58 yards. That was one shy of his career-high for catches and his third-highest total for receiving yards.

It didn't take long for the plan to work. Henry caught a screen pass and gained 23 yards on his first catch of the game, which also was his first catch of the season.

The receptions he made downfield got Henry in open space after he had been bottled up and held to 25 yards on 13 carries the week before against Buffalo.

"Space is hard to come by for Derrick," Vrabel said. "It was cool to see him get going. He's just got to try to catch it a little cleaner so that the timing of some of those things is better. Those have to be good plays for us and still try to find ways to use his skillset along with running the football."

It was the 18th game of Henry's career with at least 140 scrimmage yards.

Henry became the third player in franchise history to score 70 career touchdowns with his 1-yard score in the second quarter. Eddie George holds the franchise record with 74 touchdowns (64 rushing, 10 receiving) and Earl Campbell had 73 (all rushing).

Henry needs 11 yards this week at Indianapolis to become the franchise's fourth player to rush for 7,000 career yards. George had 10,009 yards, Campbell had 8,574 and Chris Johnson had 7,965.

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