NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just held an open locker room session on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Players were on hand to discuss Sunday's 30-17 win over the Dolphins, and also look ahead to this Sunday's game against the Browns.
Three quick hits:
Derrick Henry impact**
Rookie running back Derrick Henry averaged 7.7 yards per carry in Sunday's game, gaining 54 yards on seven carries.
He was part of a rushing attack that piled up 235 yards on the ground. DeMarco Murray led the way, of course, with 121 yards.
"It started up front with the o-line,'' Henry said on Monday. "They were physical, and they did a great job. We just had to make the runs. We just had to do what we do, which is run the ball hard, and get positive yards."
On the season, Henry has 151 yards on 34 carries through five games. He's averaging 4.4 yards per carry, with a long run of 22, which came on Sunday against the Dolphins. Henry played a big role – with 29 yards – on a 12-play, 76-yard drive that produced a touchdown to give the Titans a 14-7 lead.
He got all his carries in the first half.
"I just want to go out there and make plays when I get the opportunity,'' Henry said. "We just need to (keep working hard) and positive things will happen for us."
With nose tackle Al Woods out with a calf injury, Austin Johnson got a chance to play on Sunday, and he made good use of his snaps.
Johnson was on the field for just eight snaps, but he batted down a pass and he also had a tackle for a loss against the Dolphins while playing both at nose tackle and at end. "I feel like I did pretty well,'' Johnson said. "It's the little things I need to fix, and need to improve on."
A second-round pick from Penn State, Johnson was challenged by Titans coach Mike Mularkey last week to play "violent." He thinks he answered the call.
"I need to be more aggressive off the ball, and keep using my hands,'' Johnson said. "It felt good to be out there, and to get a W. It was amazing just being a part of it with my teammates, and getting an opportunity to play."
Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has interceptions in back-to-back games, including one on Sunday when he wrestled the ball away from Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker.
"As a cornerback in this league,'' McCourty said, "going up against some of the better athletes in the world, the toughest thing is in those moments where you have an opportunity you have to compete your butt off to try and make a play. You have to finish."
This Sunday, the Titans face the Browns. His brother, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, just faced the Browns yesterday.
So, will J-Mac be hitting up D-Mac for some tips?
"I always talk to him,'' McCourty said of his twin brother. "(The Patriots) played the Dolphins in Week 2, and obviously that is a divisional opponent for them. We spoke this past week about more personnel than anything when it's a division opponent.
"But we talk all the time, so as I get into watching the film (of the Browns), sometimes I'll take a video of a play and ask him what they were trying to accomplish on that play, what coverage it might have been and things like that. So we are talking constantly whenever we are playing the same team."
Titans players recap their Week 5 victory at Miami with reporters during Monday's open locker room availability. (photos: Gary Glenn)