Trending: Baltimore Ravens New Addition Derrick Henry Sends 5-Strong Word Message to Doubters

Derrick Henry, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency, is one of the most notable benefactors of the league’s revived running back market.

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One year after the New York Giants tagged Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs was tagged by the Las Vegas Raiders, and free agent backs struggled to cash in, Barkley signed a $37.5 million deal with the Eagles, Jacobs signed a $48 million deal with the Packers, and Henry’s deal in Baltimore is for $16 million over the next two years.

However, not everyone believes Henry is still the powerhouse running back he once was in Tennessee.

Henry has a powerful message for his critics.
“Tell them to keep watching,” Henry told reporters, per ESPN.

There may not be a better combination of scheme, running style, and need than pairing Henry in the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield with dual-threat quarterback and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.

Henry believes he still has a lot to offer the Ravens after joining a team that bullied its way to the AFC Championship game.

“People always going to have something to say — always going to have opinions,” he says. “I’m just ready to work, ready to get things started and do my best to help this organization.”

League Insiders Praise Baltimore Ravens’ Derrick Henry Signing

Henry, who plays with Jackson in the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield, has the opportunity to be a short-yardage battering ram.

Furthermore, Henry exemplifies the type of running back that can wear down opposing defenders while still dealing with Zay Flowers’ perimeter speed in the throwing game. Not to mention the concern regarding Jackson’s potential to make a major play with his legs at any time.

Last season, Henry averaged 3.32 yards after contact per attempt and had 23 explosive runs of 10 yards or more, according to Pro Football Focus.

“I love Derrick Henry coming to Baltimore,” an AFC Personnel Director recently told me, citing Henry’s signing as his favorite offseason move. “It’s like they dropped Secretariat alongside Lamar Jackson.”

Henry carried for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023, but given the Ravens’ punishing run-centric approach, he could have a more productive season in 2024.

What is the Ravens’ Biggest Remaining Need?

As the Kansas City Chiefs demonstrated in the conference championship game, the Ravens are far from finished. Even with Henry.

According to ESPN, in order for Jackson to take the next step and Henry to be most effective, Baltimore must continue to strengthen the offensive line in front of them.

“Offensive line,” Jamison Hensley notes as Baltimore’s most pressing issue. “The Ravens have three starting positions to fill. The Jets traded for right tackle Morgan Moses and signed Baltimore free agent left guard John Simpson. Right guard Kevin Zeitler also left to join the Lions. The Ravens are likely to sign a starter in free agency and choose one in the first two rounds of the draft.

 

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