Titans Derrick Henry extra-impressive with DeMarco Murray out

NASHVILE, Tenn. – Since DeMarco Murray tweaked a hamstring Wednesday, Derrick Henry has worked as the Titans’ lead running back.

And boy does he look like a guy ready, willing and able to handle the load.

Mike Mularkey wasn’t happy with the offense and the line out of Saturday night’s practice at Nissan Stadium. But after a day off, the group returned with a vengeance Monday evening.

Henry got a lot of reps and ran hard, and some of the time he really didn’t need to do a lot because of the holes that were carved out for him.

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Titans initial, unofficial depth chart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's the Titans initial, unofficial depth chart.

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Read it all the way across, left to right, then go to the second line at a position. 

Of note: Taywan Taylor is the top slot receiver with Corey Davis out and Eric Decker moving into his starting slot. But the base offense is two-back here (and is two-tight ends in actual practice) so Taylor is listed as a third-teamer, behind Tre McBride, who's also been good.

Philip Supernaw rates ahead of rookie Jonnu Smith as the second tight end on paper, but practice suggests they will probably start off the preseason splitting up that work.

Eric Weems has both return jobs here, but I would sure hope Adoree' Jackson is the punt returner on opening day.

Seniority is always at play.


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Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews viewed himself as a 'fraud'

IMG 0871NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Different things motivate different people.

My Midday 180 guys and I spent Friday in Canton, Ohio around a lot of men wearing the gold jackets that delineate them as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The best players in the history of their sport surely knew they were good along the way to getting a bronze bust to memorialize their career.

That’s what was so striking about a line we heard on Friday.

Bruce Matthews, the only guy to wear a Tennessee Titans uniform who’s earned membership in the Hall, said this:

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Reviewing weekend Twitter spat with deleter Jason La Canfora

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So part of what I’ve promised you here is more of me unleashed.

At ESPN, I was not allowed to offer any media critiques, and that was understandable. The biggest sports site around didn’t want to be critiquing competition.

Now I am free to offer thoughts on other media both good (The Tennessean did a great job getting Predators captain Mike Fisher to give them a personal account of his retirement decision) and bad (The Tennessean’s Jason Wolf is not a good beat writer on the Titans -- at all.)

I’m not looking to blow people in the business up, generally. But it's all on the table now. I have a great deal of respect for the vast majority of sportswriting and sportswriters I come across. I love reading other people’s stuff and being part of the fratenity.

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Me, on the world-famous Titans Tube (All four pieces)

These two characters invited me onto their "show." Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow convinced me I should do it.

It actually turned out to be amusing. And while I mocked them for taking too long with post-production, it turns out there is some significant post production.

Their limited bandwith, or something like that, forced them to break it into four pieces, however.

I offer you all four.

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Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame party: Top shelf drinks and Justin Timberlake

CANTON, Ohio -- After a day of Pro Football Hall of Fame interviews on The Midday 180 that included quality chats with Steve Largent, Jim Kelly, Bruce Matthews, Terrell Davis and Jimmy Haslam, Jonathan Hutton and I took in the Gold Jacket Dinner and then headed to Glenmoor Country Club.

There, we were among roughly 1,000 guests at Jerry Jones' party, shortly after he put on his jacket and the night before his bust is unveiled and he's inducted into The Hall of Fame.

Friends who were at Eddie DeBartolo's shindig last year said Jones worked hard to trump what rated as an all-time bash, and succeeded.

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There was only one shelf of liquor, and it was a top shelf. Black wristbands like ours got you on the floor while white wristbands got people into tiered levels above where the host had a great perch to visit with friends, family and Hall of Famers and see it all unfold in front of him.

The cocktail napkins were made for the occassion. The cocktail stirrers were topped with "JJ." The glass table tops in our area covered pictures of Jones and friends and Jones' families from different eras.

He offered a short greeting and talked about the place being filled with people on whose shoulders he rode to such success as the Cowboys owner. The team's won three Super Bowls under his watch, and he helped the league move into a new television stratosphere.

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