NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Day five of training camp for the Tennessee Titans saw head coach Mike Mularkey call out a surprising target, rookie running back Derrick Henry.
While fans and national “experts” continue to predict Henry will eventually pass Demarco Murray as the Titan’s starter in the backfield, Thursday Mularkey indicated he has not been entirely pleased.
Mularkey wants more urgency from the Heisman Trophy winner saying, “I will say this about Derrick, I don’t think he’s a fast starter. 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.”
The “tempo period” comes very early in practice and is about getting guys going quickly, Mularkey added, 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.”
After practice Henry did not duck the issue saying, “Oh yeah, I definitely need to play faster. You know, that’s all about training camp, just improve on everything you need to get better at.”
No one was better than Henry last year Alabama when he rushed for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.