|Titans remain stubborn on two-headed backfield|
Mularkey: "I think we have two starters."
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 30, 8:25 pm
|Titans HC Mike Mularkey likes both (DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry), and plans to continue using them as a one-two punch.
“I think the way it has worked out, it has worked just fine,” Mularkey said on Thursday. “I think we have two starters, and if somebody wants to just line up on the first play of the game to justify, ‘This guy is the starter,’ I don’t know. It is not something we are worried about. They are both really good at what they do.” (TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: It seems pretty clear at this point Murray isn't going to be completely healthy this season. It is also completely possible he isn't going to return to his 2016 form either. Henry hasn't been nearly as good as some are making him out to be and the line hasn't blocked nearly as well this season, but he has consistently proven to be the better runner this season. However, until Mularkey's mind changes, both backs will be little more than low-end RB2s.
| DeMarco Murray battling knee problem|
HC says RB past shoulder and hamstring issues
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 6, 5:50 pm
|HC Mike Mularkey: DeMarco Murray gets right back in, doesn't let anything hold him back. If he's effective we'll allow him to continue to play. (Paul Kuharsky)|
FFToday's Take: Regardless of what Mularkey says, Murray has not been effective for the bulk of the season. He is averaging 3.3 yards per carry or less over his last three games, and the Titans' offense in general has been tough to watch for most of the season. But since it appears the Titans have no plans to let Murray get healthy, owners in most leagues should consider him a low-end flex option.
| Walker, Murray expected to play for Titans|
Injured Titans will give it a go
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 22, 7:30 am
|Titans running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Delanie Walker are expected to play through injuries against the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, ESPN reports, citing sources. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Murray got in one limited practice this week (Friday) while Walker hurt his calf on Thursday and missed Friday's session. Murray's availability puts a damper on Derrick Henry's upside but we still expect Henry to out-touch Murray and be a RB2 against the Browns. Murray will likely play the majority of third downs and get some early-down work.
| DeMarco Murray limited Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 20, 2:16 pm
|With DeMarco Murray nursing a hamstring injury, the door is open for Derrick Henry to gobble up a larger share of the carries in Tennessee. Murray was limited Friday after sitting out practice the previous two days because of a hamstring issue, and the starting running back is questionable heading into Sunday's game versus the Cleveland Browns. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Murray missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury that's been bothering him since early August. He will be a gametime decision. “We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to get a good warmup in before the game and see how I feel and then make a decision from there,” Murray said. Even if he plays Derrick Henry would be the preferred fantasy option in the Titans backfield.
| DeMarco Murray absent from practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 19, 2:30 pm
|DeMarco Murray did not practice again today for @Titans with hamstring. Mularkey mentioned Khalfani Muhammad as a potential roster call up if @demarcomurray can’t play for @titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Murray is truly questionable this week against the Browns. If he sits Friday, it will be a good indication that Murray will end up on the Inactive list Sunday. For now, it looks like Derrick Henry will be the Titans RB to play in Week 7.
|Titans will continue to use both running backs|
Derrick Henry earns more carries after MNF performance
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Oct 18, 9:00 am
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There has been so much talk about whether DeMarco Murray or Derrick Henry should be the Tennessee Titans' feature back, and Monday night confirmed the team's decision. They're choosing both. "I'd say that's a pretty good model of what we're looking for," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday. "It's a good combination, and it's tough to defend." (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray has been dealing with a hamstring "issue" for much of the season so it makes sense for Mike Mularkey to talk up a more defined RBBC after Henry's Week 6 performance. Henry should see at least half of the carries moving forward and may continue to out-touch Murray in the coming weeks.
|More work forthcoming for Derrick Henry?|
OC praises RB's patience and work ethic
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 12, 6:20 pm
|Titans OC Terry Robiskie said team plans to get Derrick Henry more involved. Said RB has been patient, and continues working hard. (TitansOnline - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: Robiskie must really love what he is seeing in practice because Henry hasn't been doing it over the last two weeks in games (10 carries, 16 yards). DeMarco Murray is simply running better at the moment, so this feels more like something to light a fire under Murray or an announcement the team plans to run more often in general than an actual change in carry distribution. Owners may get their answer on Monday Night Football when the Titans face the Colts to end Week 6.
| DeMarco Murray more than likely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 24, 7:30 am
|Titans RB DeMarco Murray, listed as questionable for Sunday, is “more than likely” to play vs Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was limited in practice this week, but it sounds like he will be on the field. His role remains to be seen, but smart money would be on Derrick Henry receiving the bulk of reps at running back. Murray can't be trusted in Week 3.
| No practice for DeMarco Murray on Thursday|
Sat out Wednesday as well; still day-to-day
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 21, 8:05 pm
|DeMarco Murray (hammy) didn't practice today. He was inside on the treadmill during the viewing period. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tennessee seems willing to let Murray play and start if he can show the coaching staff something before the end of the week, but owners probably need to consider other alternatives considering he is obviously less than 100 percent and the matchup (Seattle). If he ends up sitting, Derrick Henry figures to be a strong candidate for 20 touches and should be trusted as a RB2, even in a difficult matchup.
| DeMarco Murray, Corey Davis day-to-day|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 18, 4:45 pm
|Titans injuries: DeMarco Murray and Corey Davis day to day with hamstring injuries. (TitansOnline - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: While it appears the Derrick Henry era is about to begin in Tennessee, owners should pump the breaks just a bit, especially with Seattle and Houston coming up next. Murray had an 8-2 advantage in touches before half and enjoyed a 37-30 edge in snaps despite barely playing after the break. It does seem as though Murray would be well-served by sitting out a week or two, however, so Henry would be worth a fantasy start should that end up being the case.
| Murray leaves in 3rd quarter with hamstring injury|
Titans turn to Derrick Henry in Murray's absence
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 18, 10:45 am
|DeMarco Murray had just 25 yards on nine carries, the fewest since he joined the team, and left in the third quarter with a tight hamstring. It was the same hamstring that caused him problems during the preseason. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Derrick Henry finished with a career-high 92 rushing yards on 14 carries in Murray's absence. Most of Henry's high draft cost was directed at his enormous upside and likely RB1 status if Murray were to go down with injury. Murray has 69 rushing yards on 21 carries through two games.