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Derrick Henry makes bold claim about Ryan Tannehill’s MVP candidacy

Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Titans

The Tennessee Titans are just one of three unbeaten teams in the NFL entering Week 7, and running back Derrick Henry is a big reason for that. Henry is coming off a monster performance in the Titans’ overtime win against the Houston Texans, was named as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 6, and has rightfully entered the MVP conversation. 

But if were up to him, the 26-year old would cast his MVP ballot to someone else: his teammate and Titan quarterback Ryan Tannehill. According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, Henry said that the MVP conversation needs to start with Tannehill while looking back at his signal-caller’s progress from a backup to where he is today:

“We see the throws, we see the plays he makes in the game, and I think that’s where the MVP conversation needs to start, is Ryan Tannehill.I think whenever he came he just approached practice, the preparation, as a starter. We know what he’s done in Miami so we know he had that type of ability. From the time he came in and took over for the position just been a general. He’s been spectacular.”

Against the Texans last week, the 32-year old Tannehill made 30 of 41 passes for 366 yards and a 73.2% completion rate, with four touchdowns and one interception. Tannehill was drafted with the eighth overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 Draft before joining the Titans as a backup last year.

Since then, he has played 16 games as a starter for coach Mike Vrabel, completing 70.1% of his throws, passing for 4,113 yards, with 35 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions while adding five rushing touchdowns. 

Henry and Tannehill will look to join the MVP conversation once again when the undefeated Titans (5-0) faces another unbeaten team in Pittsburgh (5-0) in a game that was postponed for this week due to some of their players and staff testing positive for COVID-19.