Titans vs. Bears preview: Will Derrick Henry, starters play?

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 2: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans hands off the ball to Derrick Henry at Nissan Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 2: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans hands off the ball to Derrick Henry at Nissan Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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Tennessee Titans quarterback, Marcus Mariota.
NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 17: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during week three of preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Biggest storyline No. 1

Will Derrick Henry, starters play?

After the debacle that was the third preseason game for the first-team offense, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel didn’t rule out the starters playing on Thursday against the Bears.

Now, the most likely scenario is that the vast majority of starters won’t play, but there is a chance for Marcus Mariota and Co. to get one series in the preseason finale.

Two starters that could see a few snaps are running back Derrick Henry and outside linebacker Harold Landry, although again, we’d lean more towards both not playing. The same goes for most, if not all, of the offensive and defensive starters.

Henry just returned to practice last week after injuring his calf on the first day of training camp and has yet to play in a preseason contest. At most, Henry would maybe get a few snaps and carries before being pulled.

Regardless of whether or not he plays, Henry has said he expects to be ready for the start of the season on September 8th against the Cleveland Browns.

Landry has also missed all three preseason games, but has practiced more than Henry overall. The Boston College product returned to a limited practice on Tuesday, so it’s possible the Titans want to get him a few reps before the season starts.

If it was up to me, no starters would see the field in what is no more than a risky proposition that won’t yield any kind of meaningful reward.