Derrick Henry won’t be carrying the same type of load for the Tennessee Titans that he did at Alabama when he won the Heisman Trophy last year.
But Henry will get sufficient opportunities to be involved in the Titans offense, Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday.
“Until we start putting game plans together and we get a good day-and-a-half of sitting there with an offense together (we won’t know how much we will use him, but), we’ll find ways to get him on the field. We know what he’s capable of doing,” Mularkey said of the rookie running back who is slated to back up starter DeMarco Murray.
Mularkey said he isn’t worried about balancing out the carries between the two. He said he tried to monitor how the football was distributed in the offense with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002, and it didn’t work.
“We’re going to do what’s best for the team like we’ve been doing from the beginning, and whatever that is, if he’s a large part of it, it is. He’ll have a role, definitely,” Mularkey said.
The Titans have even shown a package in preseason where Henry and Murray are on the field together in a two-back set.
The rookie, who gained more than 2,000 yards last year and had 400 touches in 2015, said he doesn’t worry about
“I’m just trying to make plays for the offense,” he said. “I’m not really worried about last year. I’m in the pros now. I’m just taking it day by day and trying to get better.”
So while Henry will get his carries, it doesn’t sound like Henry will be overtaking Murray anytime soon either.
“DeMarco hasn’t shown me any reason not to be on the field. It’s going to be hard to get them all the ball. They all have a role to play,” Mularkey said. “If they don’t have it, they’re going to play a piece in the play to make the play successful. But again, we have not gotten into a total game plan as of yet with all the guys we have now.”