The Titans list RB Derrick Henry as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys. He has been listed with a hip issue all week but put in limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday after sitting out Monday. This is clearly a move by the Titans to save up some key players for a Week 18 meeting with the Jaguars that will determine whether they make the playoffs. With Henry out and Dontrell Hilliard already on IR, the Titans will turn to Hassan Haskins and Julius Chestnut. With 11 and 5 carries for the season, respectively -- 7 and 2 targets -- neither is a strong bet to grab the clear backfield lead. Try to avoid this offense altogether in your Week 17 fantasy football lineups.
The Titans have promoted passing-game coordinator Tim Kelly to OC. 2022 was Kelly's first season in Tennessee. He spent the previous 3 years as Houston's OC. Those first 2 Texans teams had middling finishes in points and total yards under QB Deshaun Watson before sinking to bottom-3 levels in 2021 with QBs Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor. It's not an overly inspiring hire by Tennessee. Expect the offense to again revolve around RB Derrick Henry in 2023.
The Titans fired OC Todd Downing. He deployed slow-faced, run-heavy offenses the past 2 seasons. Tennessee sunk from 17th in total yards and 15th in points in 2021 to 30th and 28th this past year. We'll see who the Titans tab to run the offense going forward -- and if that guy will open up the passing game a bit. RB Derrick Henry turned 29 last week, and Tennessee has a couple of intriguing, young talents in WR Treylon Burks and TE Chig Okonkwo.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hip) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice. It's confirmation that he'll be ready for roll for Saturday's must-win game vs. the Jaguars.
As expected, Titans RB Derrick Henry (hip) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Cowboys. He'd be playing if this game meant anything to Tennessee and will be back out there for the finale against Jacksonville. Rookie Hassan Haskins is expected to operate as Tennessee's lead back tonight but should be considered just a low-upside RB3 in fantasy lineups. The Titans are implied for 13.25 points.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero has confirmed what we all suspected: that the team "fully" expects RB Derrick Henry to be ready for full use against the Jaguars in Week 18. Henry is doubtful for tonight's game against the Cowboys, listed with a hip issue. But he finished the week with 2 limited practices. He's clearly just being held out of a game that has no bearing on the Titans' playoff hopes. Pelissero added that rookie RB Hassan Haskins is in for a big role and didn't mention RB Julius Chestnut in his report. So Haskins sounds like the guy if you need a Titans runner. We wouldn't go out of our way to target this situation, however, in what Vegas projects to be the lowest-scoring offense of Week 17.
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