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Derrick Henry displays pass-blocking abilities for Tennessee Titans at OTAs

Derrick Henry celebrates a rushing TD versus Michigan State in 2015 Cotton Bowl
Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry (No. 2) scores TD vs. Michigan State in CFP semifinial game: Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

Media personnel pointed out his rough footwork during a drill in rookie mini-camp, but Derrick Henry quickly showed them why he won the 2015 Heisman Trophy in pass-blocking drills.

The second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans joined DeMarco Murray and Dexter McCluster in pass protection drills for the first week of organized team activities. Henry was able to get into the gap and pick up blitz protection with ease. He provided this skill set a lot for Alabama last season, giving Jacob Coker (3,110 yards, 21 touchdowns) time to scan the field and find open receivers in space.

Coach Mike Mularkey and the Titans understand the type of back they are getting with Henry—production wise—but if he can chime in on pass protection and catch the ball consistently, then the former Alabama running back will be a force in the National Football League.

He totaled 2,219 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries a year ago.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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