Titans rookie running back Derrick Henry tossed nose tackle Al Woods while breaking into the secondary on run during training camp Thursday, the team’s fifth day of practice and third in pads.
But he’s slow to get going each day at practice. The Titans open each day with stretching and a period called “tempo,” a physical session designed to get the players competing at a high level.
“I will say this about Derrick: I don't think he's a fast starter,” Mularkey said. “I've got to talk to him about that tempo period because we've got a bunch of guys up front that are creating things for him and he's not hitting it like I'd like to see him hit it.
“Later in the practice—I hope that's not the case in games. We need him to be full-strength. As soon as we call his number, he needs to hit things better.”
The Heisman winner from Alabama has size, speed, strength and has shown surprisingly excellent pass-catching ability. He said he wants to emulate teammate DeMarco Murray's work ethic. The slow starts are likely some thing that will prove. The Titans made the curious decision of drafting Henry after trading for Murray, but the rookie could make some noise if Murray breaks down during (or before) the season. His 9th-round ADP makes him one of the most expensive attrition plays this year.