Texans' Justin Reid offers advice for tackling Titans' Derrick Henry: 'Don't leave your chest open'

By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Everyone has seen this video by now.

It’s Titans running back Derrick Henry thumping Bills cornerback Josh Normal on an unusual Tuesday night football game.

At this point, it’s just what Henry does. He famously stiff-armed then-Ravens safety Earl Thomas in the AFC Divisional game last season.

Defensive backs should be on notice by now -- come at the 6’4”, 250-pound back, you better be ready.

As an AFC South rival, Justin Reid played against Henry four times in his first two seasons with the Texans.

Reid gets his next shot at Henry on Sunday when the Texans visit Nashville. He offered some advice on how not to get thumped by that stiff arm, which he’s all too familiar with.

“A guy like that who’s so big and strong and physical, you’ve got to stop him before he gets started,” Reid told SportsRadio 610 during a Zoom conference Wednesday. “So, containing him in the hole before he gets around the edge, before he starts turning downhill, will be huge.

“I would advise anyone not to run laterally alongside him. It didn’t really work for Josh Norman, or other players who have done that. So, you’ve really got to be just physical. Make sure you attack him, get low and don’t leave your chest open for him, man, because I hear he really likes that.”

The last time Henry faced the Texans was his biggest game against the team since entering the league in 2016, though the Texans rested a lot of their starters after securing a playoff spot.

Still, Henry ran for 211 yards on 32 carries (6.59 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.

Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel conceded earlier Wednesday that if Henry gets to the second level, it could be a problem for any defense.

“(Defensive backs) have a hard time tackling the guy. Sometimes, lineman have a hard time tackling him,” Crennel said of Henry. “So, he’s a weapon that they have and they use him effectively. And that helps (quarterback Ryan) Tannehill, because he knows that his play action passing game goes, because everybody has to come down to the line to try to stop the runner.

“So then, when he’s throwing play action, he’s an opportunity to get the ball down the field to those receivers and that space in the underneath zone.”