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Sport Chiefs' Clark: Derrick Henry is 'not hard to hit'

22:20  18 january  2020
22:20  18 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Titans running back Derrick Henry is seen as one of the hardest players to tackle in the NFL, surprisingly fast at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds. But apparently some Chiefs players aren’t too concerned about difficulty in bringing him down. Kansas City defensive end Frank Clark is definitely one of them. “He’s not hard to hit ,” he said. “He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250, honestly he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don’t see no difficulty in tackling him… He’s just easy to me up front because I don’t look at any running back like they can’t be tackled.

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark played in Week 10 against the Titans, when Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a Tennessee victory. So he shouldn't underestimate Henry 's ability to repel (or run away from) tacklers. But Clark has. While speaking with the media on Friday, Clark , who is listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, downplayed the difficulty of tackling the league's hottest ball carrier, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds. "( Henry is ) not hard to hit ," Clark said, according to NFL Network.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark has an unpopular opinion about Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.

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"He's not hard to hit. He's just a big guy," Clark said, according to NFL Network's "Good Morning Football." "240, 250, 260 (pounds) - honestly, he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don't see no difficulty tackling him. ...

"He's just easy to me up front because I don't look at any running back like they can't be tackled. He's not one of the best guys at breaking tackles to me, honestly."

Henry has taken the NFL by storm recently. The 26-year-old amassed 959 yards and 11 touchdowns in 152 carries through the final seven games of the regular season before rushing for the most yards in any two-game span in playoff history (377) against the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

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"( Henry is ) not hard to hit ," Clark said, according to NFL Network. "He's just a big guy honestly he should be running harder at his weight and his size. I don't see no difficulty in tackling him." " He's just easy to me up front because I don't look at any running back like they can't be tackled. While Clark is free to give his scouting report, the Chiefs had a hard time stopping Henry earlier in the season. The two teams met in Week 10, and Henry went off for 188 yards and two touchdown in a 35-32 Titans win. The 26-year-old Henry has turned in similar performances in both of the Titans’ playoff games.

Derrick Henry has rushed for more than 180 yards in three straight weeks, a Herculean feat. He's put the Tennessee Titans on his back in playoff wins at New England and Baltimore. He's large, in charge, and an absolute menace to tackle. Or at least that's the conventional wisdom. Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark has a different take. I had a long one on one conversation with # chiefs Frank Clark this week. On Derrick Henry , he told me: "He’s not hard to hit . He’s just a big guy.

Henry has gained 1,567 yards after contact (including postseason games), the most in a single season since 2006, per PFF.

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Clark, meanwhile, has been a key piece of the Chiefs' emerging defensive unit. He closed 2019 with four sacks and one forced fumble in the final seven games of the year and recorded three sacks in the divisional round against the Houston Texans.

Kansas City has allowed an average of 13.8 points per game since the team's bye in Week 13. Over the entire regular season, the Chiefs averaged 19.2 points and 349.6 yards allowed per tilt, which ranked seventh and 17th in the league, respectively.

Winners, losers from Chiefs' win over Titans in AFC Championship Game

  Winners, losers from Chiefs' win over Titans in AFC Championship Game The Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl, and Mahomes is playing at a level that might help them win it all. Loser: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Chiefs provided Henry with bulletin-board material this week. After rushing for 377 yards against two of the NFL’s best defenses, Henry seemed to disappear after being called out. When the Titans needed him the most, the 6-foot-3 running back came up small.He rushed for 32 yards and a score on Tennessee’s first two drives. Following those eight carries, Henry struggled to rack up 37 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry.

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark believes he can, and he’s not afraid to say so. “He’s not hard to hit ,” Clark told James Palmer of NFL Media. “He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250. Honestly he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. Clark is definitely the aggressor when it comes to the war of words. And that surely won’t make Henry any easier to tackle on Sunday. It’s one thing to believe these things and to say them to teammates in the locker room or on the practice field. It’s quite another to say it publicly, to give Henry (who already is playing like a man on a mission) even more of

Derrick Henry led the league in rushing this year and has powered the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship Game, but he hasn't impressed one of the guys who will be charged with tackling him on Sunday. "He's not hard to hit ," Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark told NFL Network on Friday. "He's just a big guy. 240, 245, 250 [pounds]; honestly, he should be running harder at his weight and at his size.

The AFC West club conceded 128.2 rushing yards per contest, seventh-worst in the NFL.

The Chiefs and Titans met in Week 10. Henry rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns to help Tennessee clinch a 35-32 home victory.

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