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Wednesday's Quick Hits: Derrick Henry's 'Why Not Us?' Mindset, Marcus Mariota as Lamar Jackson, and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Saturday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Here's a look at three quick hits from Wednesday:

Henry's Challenge

Titans running back Derrick Henry isn't too interested discussing the storyline about all the Heisman Trophy winners who will be on the field on Saturday night – there will be five in all, to be exact.

On Wednesday, he definitely had no interest in talking about last year's game vs. the Ravens.

"We lost," Henry said when asked about his memories of the team's 21-0 regular season loss.

During his media availability on Wednesday, it was clear Henry's focus is strictly on this weekend's game against the Ravens, who stand in the way of the team's hopes of advancing to the AFC Championship Game.

The Ravens finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense, and fifth against the run, allowing just 93.4 yards per game.

Henry is coming off a 182-yard performance against the Patriots, when he also scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

"They blitz a lot," Henry said of the Ravens. "There's guys in different positions, and they've been doing a good job this year – that's why they only have two losses. … I mean, they do a lot of different things. We've just got to trust in what we have installed and go out there and execute."

Henry has been a force for the Titans this season, finishing as the NFL's leading rusher.

On Wednesday, Henry once again discussed a mantra the sixth-seeded Titans have brought attention to in the playoffs: "Why Not Us?"

"I think I explained that after the (win over the Patriots) on Saturday," Henry said. "I just say, 'Why not us?,' and keep the underdog mentality and just keep pushing."

Mariota as Jackson

A week ago, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota played the part of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in practices.

This week, he's Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Could Mariota's RPO experience help the Titans defense this week?

"They're doing a great job -- 128 to 31 in the first quarter, you know. My guess is that that speed looks a lot different during the game than what it did in practice," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "So, hopefully we can get that speed and get that look as close to what we are going see in the game. It won't be the same, but it's going to be, I think, pretty good with what Marcus can do and hopefully the look that we can give our guys."

In addition to his work on the scout team, Mariota has also played a handful of snaps on offense the past two games for the Titans.

Injury Report

Linebacker Jayon Brown (shoulder), receiver Adam Humphries (ankle), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (foot), and linebacker Kamalei Correa (illness) did not practice on Wednesday. Jackson was spotted on the practice field, but listed as a DNP.

Guard Nate Davis (illness) and running back Dion Lewis (shoulder) were both limited.

Receiver Kalif Raymond (concussion) was a full participant at today's practice. Vrabel said on Wednesday Raymond cleared concussion protocol.

Receiver Cody Hollister (ankle) appears on the Injury Report, but he was a full participant.

The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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