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Titans Rookie RB Derrick Henry Shines vs. Dolphins


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Titans elected to sit one half of their "Thunder & Thunder" combination, but running back Derrick Henry made plenty of noise on his own.

Henry, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, carried the ball seven times for 62 yards in the first quarter of Thursday night's 21-10 win over the Dolphins.

Henry scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run, which came just 1:09 into the contest.

When the Titans got the ball back, Henry exploded for runs of 22 and 26 yards on a drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Antonio Andrews, which made it 14-0. Henry also caught a pass for a six-yard gain.

The performance capped off an impressive preseason for Henry, who entered the contest as the team's leading rusher through the first three weeks.

Henry finished the preseason with 216 yards on 34 carries (6.4-yard average), with three touchdowns.

"That's something that we preach all the time, being physical as a team and setting the tempo," Henry said. "That's what we wanted to do as an offense tonight.  We came in and scored after the fumble recovery.  Then we had a turnover, but we picked it back up in that third drive and got things going."

DeMarco Murray didn't play in Thursday's contest. He rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in three games.

Andrews got a lot of work for the Titans starting in the second quarter, and he ran for two touchdowns as Tennessee built a 21-7 lead by halftime.

"It was good," Titans tackle Taylor Lewan said. "Every time we go on the field, we want to be as physical, mean and aggressive as we possibly can be.  We knew when we went out there that we had one series, and we wanted to take advantage of the position we were in and make the most of it."

The Titans open the regular season on September 11 against the Vikings.

The Titans close out the 2016 preseason against the Dolphins in Miami. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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