The Tennessee Titans have an explosive running back in Derrick Henry and may try to utilize him more when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday in an AFC South contest. Henry has rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries and caught three passes for 87 yards and a 75-yard score in Tennessee's first two games - a 43-13 victory at Cleveland in Week 1 and a 19-17 division loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.
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"Derrick's a great player, and you've seen his body of work," Titans tackle Dennis Kelly told reporters. "When he gets rolling, it's hard to bring him down. That's part of our goal (as a line), is being able to get him into his flow and be the player that he can be." Henry rushed for career highs of 238 yards and four touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard jaunt, in a 30-9 victory over Jacksonville in their last meeting - also on a Thursday night - but none of that matters after the loss to the Colts. "It's a team thing," Henry told reporters. "So we'll go in and get coached, make our corrections and get ready." Jacksonville nearly stunned the Texans last week but was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt with 36 seconds left in its 13-12 setback at Houston.
TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Titans -1.5. O/U: 39
ABOUT THE TITANS (1-1): Marcus Mariota has thrown for only 402 yards but has taken care of the ball with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Rookie wideout A.J. Brown has recorded a team-high 125 receiving yards but has yet to find the end zone. Defensive end Cameron Wake, who registered 98 sacks in 10 seasons with Miami, has notched a team-high 2.5 in his first two games with the Titans.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS (0-2): Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew performed admirably against the Texans in his first career start in place of Nick Foles (broken clavicle) with 213 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as 56 yards rushing, but the result was all that mattered. "Not good because we lost,'' Minshew told reporters. "We lost. And that's the moral of the story. Silver lining is we have some things we can build on, some things that if we clean up, we can be a really, really good team. That's very encouraging." It is unclear whether or not cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who is the only player with 200-plus tackles (202) and at least 45 passes defended (45) since he entered the NFL in 2016, will play on Thursday if he's still with the team after requesting a trade following a spat on the sidelines Sunday with coach Doug Marrone.
1. Jacksonville second-year WR DJ Chark Jr. (team highs of 11 catches and 201 yards) looks to record a touchdown catch for the third straight game.
2. Tennessee S Kevin Byard (one interception this season) has recorded an NFL-most 13 picks since 2017.
3. The Jaguars have won four straight meetings and six of the last seven.
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