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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Could Henderson still fit in division?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

John Henderson is a Nashville favorite son, so naturally when he was let go by the Jaguars, the question started flowing: Would the Titans bring him in?

After dealing Kevin Vickerson for next to nothing on the draft’s final day, the Titans consider themselves at least four-deep on the interior with Tony Brown, Jason Jones, Sen'Derrick Marks and Jovan Haye. They also drafted seventh-rounder David Howard out of Brown in the seventh round.

To me, Henderson doesn’t fit the high-motor qualification that’s mandatory for Titans defensive linemen. Plus, they are going younger on defense.

Nevertheless, many e-mailers are saying if the Titans could get him for the minimum as a space-eater as part of the rotation, they should jump.

I suspect he will do better, largely on reputation not his résumé over the past two seasons. He will reportedly visit the Chiefs Wednesday.

I bounced Henderson staying in the division off of Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.

Health is an issue for sure. But if you look at him as just a space-eater with good power at this point, I think he has value.
Williamson: "Jacksonville had to improve their pass rush. They are trying by signing [Aaron] Kampman for the outside and getting a different type of DT for the interior. Upfield high-motor guys with excellent quickness. Obviously, that is not Henderson any more. ...

"At this stage of his career, I don't see a dominant all-around player like he and Marcus Stroud were back in the day. Those two were really something with their length, power and athletic ability. Henderson still has some of that, but I see less playmaking ability and certainly less pass rush. To me, he is now the stronger heavier run stopper in a 4-3, which is what Houston needs. Put a guy with Henderson's beef next to [Amobi] Okoye and in front of those linebackers and their run defense might really improve. Not saying that Tennessee couldn't use him, too, but I like the fit in Houston better. No matter what though, I would like to see him in some sort of a rotation and not as a guy who plays nearly every snap."