“I mean, I don’t know how you get information from these guys. They are quiet professionals. That’s OK. I think that’s a good thing. They do their job. I guess when they have to answer the questions, they answer the questions.”
Henry was practically aglow Saturday night after a dominant, 10-carry, 74-yard game with a touchdown in his debut. He showed fantastic lateral movement, which is an area some including me wondered about — perhaps unnecessarily. But that chat was about a successful night, not about growing pains.
The Heisman Trophy winner had previously fielded questions about learning blocking schemes or struggling with an early drill and seemed like he’d prefer to be swimming in the less-than-blue lake that borders the Titans practice fields.
Does Henry like the media spotlight he draws on a team where he was one of the biggest names on the roster as soon as his name was called during the draft?
“I mean I’ll do it, it comes with the game,” he said. “There is not really a big difference from Alabama. The only difference is you have access to the locker room. I talked to people a lot back at Bama.
“It’s just a learning process. I’m a rookie, I’m trying to get acclimated. Just like when I was a freshman and sophomore. It just takes time for you to get experience and get acclimated to everything that is new.”
It’s a relatively minor piece to all he’s got to deal with now. With play like Saturday’s, he’ll like the topics a great deal more.
And there was one small thing that didn’t go great in his first preseason game. Henry didn’t bristle when it came up.
Playing in front of Tre McBride on kickoff returns, he could have offered a bruising option on a short kick. The chances went to McBride, however.
“He needs to get a little bit quicker, too, because he put Tre in a little bit of a bind,” Mularkey said. “Tre was running up on Derrick. We’ve got to do a better job of Derrick moving faster so Tre has a little bit more vision, a little more room to maneuver.
Said Henry: “I’m comfortable. This is just my first time doing it, so it’s something I am trying to get used to. Hopefully it’ll be better next week, we’ll get a better feeling in practice.”
The NFL has threatened discipline, including suspension, for players refusing to cooperate with the league’s investigation into steroid claims made by an Al-Jazeera America report.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and former Packers linebacker Mike Neal have until Aug. 25 to comply with the league’s requests for interviews, according to an NFL letter sent to the NFLPA and obtained by ESPN.
Vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch wrote the league has a “good faith basis” for investigating potential violations of the NFL’s drug policy, yet the league has made at least seven unsuccessful attempts to interview these players.
“For those players whose interviews do not take place on or before [Aug. 25], or who fail meaningfully to participate in or otherwise obstruct the interview, their actions will constitute conduct detrimental and they will be suspended, separate and apart from any possible future determination that they violated the steroid policy,” Birch wrote. “The suspension for each such player will begin on Friday, August 26 and will continue until he has fully participated in an interview with league investigators, after which the Commissioner will determine whether and when the suspension should be lifted.”
A spokesman for the NFLPA said it doesn’t have a comment at this time.