After two preseason games, is it silly to worry about the running game? Probably.
RB DeMarco Murray has been sidelined because of a hamstring injury for most of training camp. He was expected to make his preseason debut in the 34-27 victory against the Carolina Panthers, but head coach Mike Mu
larkey wanted to give Murray more time to recover. In his absence, backup RB
Derrick Henry struggled to generate much momentum against the Panthers. Through two games, Henry has rushed for 65 yards on 24 carries, highlighted by TD runs of 17 yards and 1 yard.
Considering Tennessee’s dedication to the running game was key to their 2016 turnaround, making preseason tweaks ahead of Week 1 is critical.
Rookie watch: WR Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that has been slower to heal than the team originally expected. Davis is unlikely to play in the third preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Mularkey said. … In Davis’ absence, several rookies have taken advantage of their opportunities in the spotlight. TE Jonnu Smith led the Titans with five catches for 47 yards, and WR Taywan Tay-lor made three catches for 41 yards, including one 20-yard pass from QB Marcus Mariota. … CB
Adoree’ Jackson, the 18th overall pick, returned a punt more than 60 yards for a touchdown that was called back but flashed shiftiness and breakaway speed.
Noteworthy: After being held to three points in their preseason opener against the New York Jets, the Titans hung 34 points on the Panthers, alleviating concerns in Nashville. Mariota was 6-for-8 for 61 yards with one touchdown pass vs. the Panthers.
Titans running back Derrick Henry, center, had 16 carries for 36 yards against the Panthers on Aug. 19. Through two preseason games, he has 24 carries for 65 yards and two TDs.