Titans coach Mike Mularkey comments on Derrick Henry's 2017 role
Though former Alabama RB Derrick Henry didn’t have the same impact on the Tennessee Titans in 2016 as he did for the Crimson Tide in 2015, he was still a valuable part of the offense.
Henry, who won the Heisman Trophy in his final year in Tuscaloosa, ran for 490 yards and five touchdowns on 110 carries and added 13 catches for 137 yards.
On Tuesday, Titans coach Mike Mularkey told TitansOnline.com that he doesn’t expect Henry’s role to change that much when the 2017 campaign kicks off this fall:
“I think everyone wants Derrick (Henry) to have a bigger role, including Derrick,’’ Mularkey said. “We’ll see how that unfolds. (But) I’ve said it before: DeMarco Murray is our No.1 back. He is our workhorse and you saw that he is capable of doing that and being very effective.
“Derrick is a good No.2 player for us right now, with his role, with what he did. I thought he was effective every time he got to play, especially for a rookie. And I understand it is hard to come in as a second back. It is hard to get into a flow. But when he had to play, he was very effective.”
Murray ran for 1,287 yards and nine scores in 2016, so the Titans clearly have an enviable backfield situation. However, considering how well Henry played at Alabama, Mularkey may want to try to get the ball in his hands a bit more often this fall.