FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While acknowledging that he didn’t know all the specifics about Deflategate, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t strike an empathetic tone Wednesday when asked his thoughts on how the NFL treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”
The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.
“I was just seeing if you guys looked at it,” Mularkey joked with reporters, before saying not to read too much into the switch and that it was partly a hat tip to fullback Jalston Fowler.
After Wednesday’s practice, Mularkey reiterated the same theme about the way Tennessee plans to divide carries Sunday in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
“It’s DeMarco,” Mularkey said. “It’s DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow, it’ll be Derrick. And maybe if I feel like we need a change of pace, I’ll put Derrick [in]. … They are going to both get opportunities for sure.”
Mularkey said he’s pleased with Henry’s work.
The Ravens have more depth at running back than they’ve had in years. Coach John Harbaugh said he wants to get all of his running backs involved, and that could lead to a running back by committee with Terrance West, rookie Kenneth Dixon (who is currently injured) and Buck Allen.
Forsett, who played in only two preseason games, insisted he is ready to carry the ball 20 to 25 times in a game if called upon.
“I’m excited,” Forsett said. “Feed me.”