Pro Football Focus looked at 10 rookies that made a case for a starting job in the first week of the preseason. Two members of the Titans, Derrick Henry and Kevin Byard, made the list. This doesn't surprise you if you watched the game. If you didn't, don't worry, you can see all of Henry's runs here and Byard's INT here. Regardless of whether or not these two end up with starting roles this year, they are going to be building blocks for the Titans for a long time.
Here are the comments about Henry from the article:
He led all running backs in overall and rushing grade in the first week of preseason, carrying 10 times for 72 yards (42 after contact), breaking five tackles and scoring once. DeMarco Murray had a good game himself, but Henry will fancy his chances of seeing at least an equal share of touches next season. The Titans were convinced enough to invest a second-round pick after watching the Heisman Trophy winner break 76 tackles and score 28 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide in 2015. Henry’s power suits Mike Mularkey’s smash-mouth style perfectly.
Thunder and Thunder, baby!
And the comments on Byard:
Byard faces a battle to crack the starting line-up in front of safeties Da’Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson. Searcy, in particular, will be tough to dislodge; our 12th-overall safety a year ago looks certain to start. Free-agent signing Rashad Johnson’s prospects are tougher to predict. He’s clearly talented, but consistency remains elusive. Sitting back in centerfield, Johnson picked off six passes last season. He represents more of a playmaking threat, but is prone to mistakes—a concerning trait in a safety. Byard, a third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, managed an interception in his NFL debut, offering hope that competition will bring out the best in the Titans’ safeties.Byard is going to be a stud!