It’s DeMarco Murray’s show to begin the season for the Tennessee Titans.
When asked about running back playing time, head coach Mike Mularkey told Teresa M. Walker of the Associated Press it’s Murray. Derrick Henry will come in when Murray needs a break.
On RB play time, Mularkey says its Murray with Henry in when Murray needs break for #Titans.
— Teresa Walker (@TeresaMWalker) September 7, 2016
Offensive lineman Taylor Lewan told ESPN earlier today the Titans’ duo can make the running game desirable again. “I think our backs can make running sexy again” Lewan said. “They’ve done a good job. We’re just the guys here for them to make us look good.”
The Titans have clearly made a commitment to making the running game a notable part of their offense. They drafted Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, in the second round. He has impressed throughout the preseason, rushing for 216 yards on 34 carries.
Murray was the NFL’s leading rusher during the 2014 season, tallying 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles the next season, but the situation was never quite right. Many, including Murray, felt he wasn’t featured enough in the offense.
Enough work will not be a problem for Murray in Tennessee. They have done everything short of putting 34 counter up on the scoreboard. With these two handling the carries, opposing defenses better stay hydrated.