The Tennessee Titans may have raised some eyebrows Friday night when they selected former Alabama running back Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
That’s because one of Tennessee’s biggest offseason acquisitions was former Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray. Not only do Murray and Henry play the same position, they also run with a similarly bruising style. Now, the two battering rams will share the same backfield, which could’ve made things a bit awkward come training camp.
That wasn’t the case, however. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey called Murray to inform him of the pick, but Murray was all for it.
“His comment was, first of all he loved the pick,” Mularkey said according to The Tennesseean’s Jason Wolf. “He said he’s going to make me better and I am going to do the same for him. I am going to do whatever I can to make him a great player.”
This is great news for Henry and the Titans. Murray was forced to share a backfield last season in Philadelphia, and the results were downright disastrous. Murray ran for 702 yards and six touchdowns in his only season with the Eagles after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards with the Cowboys in 2014.
The Titans had one of the worst rushing offenses in the NFL a year ago, ranking 25th with an average of only 92.8 rushing yards per game. Now that Murray is on board with his new teammate, this brand new backfield tandem could pay big dividends in 2016.