Ten­nessee Ti­tans

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AFC SOUTH - Con­tribut­ing: Stephen Holder (In­di­anapo­lis Star), Ja­son Wolf (Nashville Ten­nessean), wire re­ports

The run­ning game dom­i­nated the Ti­tans’ of­fen­sive ef­forts last sea­son, but early off­sea­son indi­ca­tions from coach Mike Mu

larkey sug­gest a heav­ier em­pha­sis on us­ing QB Mar­cus

Mar­i­ota in the pass­ing game. With RB DeMarco Mur­ray side­lined by a ham­string in­jury for the first two pre­sea­son games, the Ti­tans gave backup RB Der

rick Henry ex­tra work, and he im­pressed in find­ing holes as a rusher and catch­ing passes as a re­ceiver. Mur­ray started the third pre­sea­son game against the Chicago Bears and had four car­ries on the team’s first six plays.

Henry broke a shutout with a 3-yard TD catch to be­gin the fourth quar­ter, cap­ping an 11-play, 90-yard, 51⁄ 2- minute drive.

“It was a good way to fin­ish,” Mar­i­ota said. “But that be­ing said, we’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ll find ways to im­prove.”

Rookie watch: WR Corey Davis (ham­string) sat out, and there were grow­ing con­cerns he might not be ready for Week 1. … Mu­larkey praised TE Jonnu

Smith for the job he had done as an un­der­study to De­lanie Walk

er. … CB Adoree’ Jack­son, the 18th over­all pick, con­tin­ued to shine in pass cov­er­age and as a punt re­turner.

Note­wor­thy: DT Jur­rell Casey, CB Lo­gan Ryan and LB Wes­ley Wood­yard raised their right fists in protest af­ter the na­tional an­them. … WRs Eric Decker (an­kle), Mekale McKay (ham­string), Harry Dou­glas (knee) missed the game. … WR Ta­jae Sharpe and DL Karl Klug made their pre­sea­son de­buts.

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