Hot Topics from Mike Mularkey's Press Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Mularkey met with reporters on Sunday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team's 27-10 preseason victory over the Chargers.

Here's a look at five hot topics:


Henry praise**

Running back Derrick Henry piled up 74 yards on just 10 carries against the Chargers. He was strong out of the gate, and found the end zone on a six-yard run.

Mularkey said Henry did more than just lower his shoulder and run over defenders. Henry posted a long run of 16 yards in the game. Running back DeMarco Murray also had a big night, busting off a 71-yard touchdown run early.

"It was nice to see that he has the ability to jump cut and make things happen outside and really outrun defenders,''  Mularkey said of Henry. "I think a lot of those plays were not just the backs making plays, but it was also people upfront sustaining blocks and staying on guys and receivers blocking at the second level.

 "I think that had a lot to do with plays that are designed to hit somewhere and go somewhere else. If they go somewhere else, we need people blocking there and that was the case."


Sharpe O.K.**

Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe caught two passes for 35 yards in Saturday's game, but he left the game early after suffering a head injury.

The good news, according to Mularkey, is Sharpe didn't suffer a concussion.

"He is doing well," Mularkey said. "We did a full evaluation of him and he had no symptoms today and should practice (Monday) night."

Sharpe hauled in a 31-yard reception from quarterback Marcus Mariota on the second play of the game.

Dodd, Matias news

Rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd missed Saturday's game, but he's nearing a return to the practice field.

Dodd had foot surgery during the offseason and began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

"It's not about the X-rays any more," Mularkey said. "It's about the pain and it's really about him, if he can tolerate it. I think we're close. We're getting close. I really do."

The news wasn't as good on offensive lineman Josue Matias. He'll have surgery to repair a "slight tear" of the patellar tendon and is out for the rest of the season.


Solid start**

Jack Conklin started at right tackle against the Chargers, and fared well in his NFL debut, per Mularkey.

The Titans allowed three sacks in the game, but Mariota wasn't sacked in his first quarter of play.

"I think he was solid in both of them (run and the pass),'' Mularkey said of Conklin. "He got an up-and-under late in the second quarter where we got some pressure, but for the most part I was pretty pleased with Jack (Conklin) in his first time in an NFL game. I thought he was solid in both."

Mularkey said he was mostly pleased with the play of the first-team offensive line. The Titans ran for 288 yards in the contest.

"I liked the communication and identification of the defense, where we were going with our scheme, run and pass protections,'' Mularkey said. "I liked their effort. I liked their physical play. They just had a thing about them, their demeanor was good on and coming off the field and in between series."


Hunter, DGB reviews**

Sharpe led the Titans in receiving yards, and no Titan receiver had more than two catches in the contest.

Dorial Green-Beckham caught one pass for 15 yards, while fellow receiver Justin Hunter didn't have a catch.

Mularkey was happy with the block Green-Beckham delivered on Murray's long touchdown run, but he's still looking for more consistency from second-year receiver.

"A little bit of what we've seen in practices. Again, just a little bit of inconsistency,'' Mularkey said. "I think we made too many mistakes with DGB (Dorial Green-Beckham) early. I would have liked to see him have a chance to make that play on the go-route. I thought his release was poor which immediately gives you no chance on the deep ball. Justin had some chances. We tried to take a shot down the field. He fell down. On the one, I know his feet got tangled up, but he should have gone over the corner. Things like that—we've got to just again—talking about consistency, and they know it. I don't have to keep reminding them. They know that."

The Tennessee Titans kick off the 2016 preseason against the San Diego Chargers at Nissan Stadium. (Donn Jones, AP)

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