Derrick Henry was not happy with his first audition to be the Tennessee Titans’ workhorse back last Sunday.
Henry was asked about carrying the bulk of the load – 28 carries in the Titans’ playoff-clinching win over Jacksonville – and the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner called his performance “soft.”
“I didn’t feel like a workhorse back. I kind of felt soft. I’m not happy about that game at all. It hasn’t left my mind since the clock hit 0:00. That’s why I’m working hard this week, trying to get better than I was last week and looking forward to this game on Saturday,” Henry said. “I just feel like I didn’t run like myself. I wasn’t really happy. I could say other words, but I have to play better.”
Asked to expound upon that, Henry pointed to his negative runs that included losses of 2 yards, 1 yard and 12 yards on his first three carries of the game.
“Running and just getting yards falling forward. Not losing 13, but get a positive gain and not running soft,” Henry said.
Henry finished with 51 yards rushing on the day as the Titans earned their first postseason bid in nine years and travel to Kansas City on Saturday. He also turned a screen pass into a 66-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota, for the Titans only TD of the game.
Henry was the only running back to get a carry Sunday, as it was his first go as the bell cow back with DeMarco Murray sidelined with a sprained right knee. He is likely to carry the load again with Murray still unable to practice because of a knee injury.
Also, the Titans were missing three players in the secondary from practice Wednesday. Cornerback Logan Ryan and Da’Norris Searcy were out due to illness, while cornerback Brice McCain was out again due to a hamstring injury.