New Orleans Saints: 4 toughest running backs on 2021 schedule

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Toughest RBs on New Orleans Saints Schedule – No. 1: Derrick Henry

As if the addition of a 17th game wasn’t annoying enough, for the Saints, it means having to attempt to slow down Titans running back Derrick Henry, who they’ll face in Week 10. Henry rushed for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns last year while also tacking on 114 receiving yards.

As good as Henry is, he isn’t much of a pass-catcher with his career-high being 206 receiving yards. This is about the only upside when facing him though. The guy is a monster and any team who thinks they’ll be able to slow him down has another thing coming.

Henry’s best performance last year came against the Texans in Week 6 and ooh boy, it was quite the show he put on. Henry finished that game with 212 rushing yards (not a typo), two rushing touchdowns, and 52 receiving yards. He averaged 9.64 yards per carry. Insane.

The Saints haven’t actually faced Henry yet, as he was inactive in the Week 16 game against them in the 2019 season. They were fortunate to dodge him in that meeting but now they’ll finally get to face the NFL rushing yards leader from a season ago. Good luck trying to slow him down.

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These four running backs are going to give the Saints some trouble but the hope is that they can get out to a commanding lead and force these teams to go away from their running backs and have to throw instead.