After playing as #2 at Alabama Heisman winning running back Derrick Henry will wear #24 for the Titans. Henry unveiled his new number at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles last week.
From Alabama to Tennessee: Derrick Henry at this morning's NFLPA Rookie Premiere pic.twitter.com/nhoHkir9nP
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 21, 2016
Since 1973 running backs have worn numbers 20 through 49 and Henry had to choose a new number due to the NFL rule. He also wore #3 as a freshman but switched to #27 through his sophomore year at Bama.
Tennessee corner Perrish Cox was supposed to wear #24 this season but I guess they worked something out. Cox switched from #29 when DeMarco Murray was acquired earlier this year in a trade with the Eagles. Murray has used that number in Dallas and Philadelphia. He will go into the 2016 season as the starting running back but Henry will see a lot of carries as his backup.
Henry was drafted by the new GM Jon Robinson in the second round and was the second running back selected behind Ezekiel Elliott. At 6’3, 247 pounds the former Crimson Tide back is built like a defensive end and will help reshape Tennessee’s identity into a smashmout running team.
The Titans officially start OTAs on Tuesday and will kick off the next part of its offseason program that kicks off after the rookie mini camp.