Anatomy of Derrick Henry's 17-yard touchdown run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Saturday morning, game-plan ideas still were still rolling around Mike Mularkey’s head.

He wanted the Titans to add a run play with a bit of a twist.

“A lot of it’s based on what we’ve done before against them,” he said. “It was just a look, we had the same motion, same set. We ran the same play against them eight times here for pretty successful plays, a couple of touchdowns. I personally, I thought if (Phillip) Supernaw does the same thing, and instead of coming all the way back and running the play we ran against them, if he stops and runs – we call it a lead open – they’re going to think it’s coming over here and we’re going to hit him over here.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Provided the day-to-day DeMarco Murray and his hamstring are fine, nothing is changing regarding how the Titans backfield works, coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday.

Derrick Henry took over as the lead back during the third quarter and had a very effective game, finishing with 14 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.

He was the better back during the Titans 37-16 win in Jacksonville, by a great deal.

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Titans have mixed feelings about 'trash points' for Jaguars

mdi construction barJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake Bortles is good at leading an offense when his team is trailing big.

In his seven games as a starting quarterback for the Jaguars against the Titans, the Jaguars are 3-4. He’s completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,900 yards with 13 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 95.5 passer rating.

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Titans kids ‘bring lighter fluid to the barbecue pit’ in rout of Jaguars

mdi construction barJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On a sweltering afternoon at EverBank Field the Tennessee Titans got contributions from a lot of guys in a dominant 37-16 win over the Jaguars.

First- and second-year players were among the keys that unlocked an excellent road win against a team that crushed last season’s playoff hopes here.IMG 2139

We may obsess over the inactive outside linebacker Kevin Dodd, but Derrick Henry, Adoree Jackson, Taywan Taylor and Jonnus Smith all made contributions or plays to behold in this game, and that bodes very well for the franchise.

“Huge,” veteran outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said as Jackson walked by and gave him grief over Texas’ loss to USC Saturday night. “It’s a great thing. Look at my man Adoree’ over there making plays. Jayon (Brown), Derrick Henry. It’s a nice change-up.

“It’s refreshing when you have a lot of depth on a team. You see it throughout the league. Finally, the Titans have depth.”

Not just depth, but dynamic play.

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With second-half surge, Titans score divisional blowout

mdi construction barJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – So, about that first-half panicking…

It took them awhile, but the Titans morphed into the team we expected them to be Sunday at EverBank Field. A second half explosion produced a 37-16 win over the Jaguars.

Young talent led the way, with running back Derrick Henry playing a huge role in the second-half surge.

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mdi construction barJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Titans need to play better in the division and they need to return to Nashville at 1-1.

Fans are talking about a must win and I've got some people on Twitter telling me this game determines if the Titans are for real or not.

Certainly they need a win.

Per The Big Lead, since 2006, just 10 teams that started 0-2 and advanced to the postseason

But if they lose it's not a death-blow to the season.

They started 1-3 last year and got to 9-7 and had plenty of chances at one more win that would have gotten them to the playoffs.MDILogo2

They can lose today and still make a dramatic improvement in the division. They can lose today and still win the division. They can lose today and still find a way into the playoffs.

They would make it a lot harder on themselves, however.

I believe there is a tank a team draws on during the season, and an 0-2 season requires a team to really draw on that tank early and often. The fight back to .500 is a difficult one, and some of the energy spent doing so isn't available later.

They win this game and head home and everything is fine. They lose and while the city panics they can still be OK.

It'd be nice if they made it easier on themselves.

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Mailbag: Titans' worst 3 picks from the last 5 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before we take off for Jacksonville, let's sort through the mailbag.FullSizeRender 36

@PaulKuharskyNFL what 1/2 rd pick in the last 5 years has hurt the most due to them being a bust and why?

— Logan (@Lgrady25) September 15, 2017

PK: There are three people on this list, and I will order them for you. No. 1 has to be Justin Hunter, the receiver chose 34th in 2013. He did the most of these three, but he’s No. 1 because the Titans traded up to get him. Tennessee traded its second-round pick (40th overall) and seventh-round pick (216th overall) plus a third-round pick in 2014 to San Francisco to move up six spots. You make that move you need a guy who’s at least a productive starter. Second is running back Bishop Sankey, chosen 54th in 2014. The Titans drafted him as the first back

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Titans say they can't be worried about avenging Christmas Eve disaster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – That Christmas Eve dud in Jacksonville, a 38-17 loss ultimately responsible for the Titans’ failure to make the playoffs, stuck with the team into 2017 and the offseason. But throughout the locker room now they said they are not thinking about it now.FullSizeRender 36

“We didn’t play very well,” said Marcus Mariota, who suffered a broken fibula in that game. “It left a bad taste in our mouth. That’s something, I think, for a lot of guys it lingered throughout the offseason. Obviously, we want to play better. We want to play to our potential, and it all started (Wednesday) and as we go throughout the week.”

“That was last year, we have to make sure we’re focusing on this year now,” inside linebacker Avery Williamson said. “Make sure we are locked in, not worried about getting them back. Just go down there and get a game and get a division win.

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