One of the more surprising choices the Tennessee Titans made in the 2022 NFL drawing was Michigan’s fourth-round selection that Hassan Haskins drove back.
That’s not to say we didn’t think the Titans could run all the way back, just not that early and not earlier than what we saw as bigger needs, like a tight ending, that Tennessee would address later.
But the choice certainly makes sense. Derrick Henry is approaching the age of 30, and the Titans are probably hoping to take some of the burden off his shoulders in the coming years.
When asked about his new teammate, Henry called Haskins “a beast” and was impressed by the size of the 6-foot (228-pound) back.
“I was thrilled when we got it,” Henry said, per… Jim Wyatt from Titans Online† “Hassan is a beast. I was able to watch his game against Ohio State when he left. When I see him in person, he’s a big guy, and he’s a solid guy. see him [at practice], I can see everything coming natural to him. I just said to him, ‘Try not to get too overwhelmed, just take it day by day.’
The game Henry is talking about saw Haskins go for 169 rushing yards and five scores – both career highs – in a 42-27 win over the Buckeyes in 2021.
Speaking of beasts, Henry is the definition of one with his massive 6-foot-3, 247-pound frame, powerful running style and underrated speed, all things Haskins raved about meeting Henry?†
‘He is big. I thought I was pretty big, but he’s a big man, I’m not going to lie,” Haskins said via Mickey Ryan from 104.5 The Zone† “It’s crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s so big and so fast, it’s ridiculous.”
The Michigan product says he feels “much more confident” of where he was when the off-season program kicked off, and has wisely watched Henry for whatever knowledge he can gain.
“I’m definitely watching him, all his moves,” Haskins said of Henry. “Just see how he is, how he treats himself. He’s a super cool guy… I just want to keep picking his brain and getting better.”
Looking forward to his rookie season, Haskins will be one of the backs who spell Henry, and the hope is that the rookie can thrive in that role and allow Henry to lighten his workload a bit, which could help further his career. extend.
But of course, Haskins’ ultimate goal is to become a starter. He’s not sure when he’ll get the chance to do that, but it’s nothing new for the 22-year-old to work his way up on the depth sounder.
“I didn’t start right away in college — I had to work my way,” Haskins said. “Now I have to do the same – I have to keep working every day. It may not be tomorrow, maybe not in a few years, but I will keep working and get better to play a part in this team.”
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