Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry looks on track to finish the 2021 season with at least 1,500 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
Meeting those benchmarks for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns will make Henry the first player in NFL history to do that in three consecutive seasons.
Through four games of this season early on, Henry already has 510 yards and four touchdowns, putting him on pace to gain 2,168 yards and score 17 rushing touchdowns in a 17-game season.
In Week 5, Henry torched the Jaguars en route to 130 yards and three scores. It was a slow start for The King, but he turned on the juice in the second half, tallying 99 of his yards in the final two quarters to close things out.
The previous season, Henry had 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns, and the year before that he had 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns. It’s as if Henry is in a league of his own.
The Titans RB is also well on track to break the all-time record for rushing yards in a season.
Doing so, he will become the first player ever with two consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons.
The consecutive feats will etch his name in NFL history, making him the first player to lead the league stats in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in three straight years since Steve Van Buren did it from 1947 to 1949.
Every season in the NFL, Henry has improved, and it's directly related to his promotion to full-time starter in 2018. In 2021, he shows no signs of slowing down or being slowed down, which could make the struggle for his crown this season exciting to watch.