Mularkey: Derrick Henry ‘very special’ but DeMarco Murray still ‘the guy’ as Titans RB

Derrick Henry
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Derrick Henry could possibly see an increased role with the Tennessee Titans next season, but it won’t be as the starter as things stand now.

During the Titans’ annual “Tailgates and Tuxedos” event last week, coach Mike Mularkey said it was DeMarco Murray who will remain as the centerpiece at running back for the team.

“Derrick is an important part of our offense,’’ Mularkey said via “Obviously DeMarco Murray is the guy. He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy.

“But I will say this: Each week we put a different game plan together. We spend a lot of hours preparing to play the opponent. And Derrick, and as you saw, some games he was more involved than others. And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent. We know (Derrick) is very special. He is going to have a long, great career here and he is going to be a big part of our offense next year, as he was this year.

“I like we have a one-two punch to smash it down peoples’ throats to be honest with you.”

Henry rushed for 490 yards and five touchdowns on 110 attempts last season as the Titans’ primary backup running back; Murray rushed for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns on 293 carries.

Henry was a rookie who had been selected by the team in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Henry won the 2015 Heisman Trophy at Alabama, when he rushed for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

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