Former Tennessee Titans RB Chris Henry Impresses at Texans Camp
Henry, a second-round selection from Arizona by the Tennessee Titans in the 2007 NFL Draft, played sparingly for the franchise in two season, and was finally released by the team in September of last season.
He signed to the Texans' practice squad in October of 2009, and if he hasn't had a career resurgence, he at least sounds as if he will get a chance to prove himself in the coming weeks.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak was asked Tuesday who he most wanted to see in the preseason opener.
Henry was his first choice.
"I'm excited to see Chris Henry," Kubiak told reporters. "Obviously, he's had a good camp. I'm excited to see him. We've got to orchestrate the running back situation because there is no way you could play five, but he's definitely going to play in this game."
Henry, currently deep on the depth chart, has impressed the way reserve running backs must -- with effort and a willingness to play special teams.
"I just like his strength and motor," Kubiak said. "He could go all day. He's a well-conditioned and very physical player. I expect him to show up on special teams recovering kicks and those types of things for (special teams coach) Joe (Marciano).
"So we'll see. Like I said, our backup backs if (RB) Arian (Foster) is our starter and stays that way, then our (No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4) backs are going to have to play special teams. And they haven't done it around here. It hasn't been the case in the past. We've got to get those guys involved to help with Joe...
"I just like the way he's worked. He has a great opportunity on this team to get out there and play. I'm interested to see how he'll play for Joe, too. He'll be very involved in special teams."
Henry, who reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.3s, rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries for Tennessee in 2007, then played just one game the following season.