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Derrick Henry flashes hands and route running prowess at Titans OTA’s

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Could we see more passes to Derrick Henry in his third NFL season? 

The possibility is there, especially after watching what Tennessee Titans senior writer Jim Wyatt posted Tuesday via social media. In capturing organized team activities, a short video was uploaded on Henry quickly getting into his break and catching a pass from Marcus Mariota. 

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound running back appeared to have swift feet for his size and while he was seldom used in the passing game at Alabama – 17 catches, 285 yards, three touchdowns – new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur could be creating a new tune for Henry out the backfield. 

To pair with 744 rushing yards and five scores in 2017, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner also snatched 11 passes for 136 receiving yards and a touchdown. Henry averaged 12.4 yards per reception on 17 targets and looks forward to helping Tennessee make a deep run in the playoffs.  

Hailing from Yulee, Fla., Henry mastered winning at Tuscaloosa as he played a prominent role for two Southeastern Conference championships (2014-15) and a College Football Playoff national title in the 2015 season.  

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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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