Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry did not show up to the Tennessee Titans first voluntary workout on Monday. One of his teammates didn’t hide his feelings on the former Heisman Trophy winner’s absence.
“It definitely puts that little checkmark in the back of my mind and lets me know who I can count on, who I can’t count on,” Titans Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said about teammates who don’t arrive ready to work on day one, according to Jason Wolf of The Tennessean. “To see your teammates show up is definitely great.
DeMarco Murray, the 2016 AFC rushing yards leader, was less concerned about his backfield partner, although he has not spoken with him.
““I’m sure he’ll show up at some point but that’s something that I’m not too worried about.”
According to Jim Wyatt from titansonline.com, head coach Mike Mularkey said in his press conference that he didn’t know why Henry missed the workout. Mularkey didn’t seem all that upset, but he said that he would reach out to him.
“Maybe I used to get disappointed. I have no control over it. It’s their option. It’s their choice. It’s whatever they feel is best for them. I do know this – we’ve had coaches down at Tuscaloosa for the workout. I’ve seen some video of Derrick in the weight room. He’s absolutely working out, so I know he’s in great playing shape right now. I have no concerns about it, and won’t.”
Everything at this point of the NFL’s offseason program is voluntary, so Henry will not face any discipline. However, last year’s second-round pick skipping the first day of OTA’s is not a good look. The Titans, behind Casey, Murray, Henry, and quarterback Marcus Mariota, are looking to build upon last season’s 9-7 record.