Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t sound like a coach who is in a rush to identify his leading rusher.
“What’s wrong with what we’ve been doing in the first three weeks running the football?” he said.
Whisenhunt’s approach is to install different offensive packages that are suited to each back’s skill-set. Then the Titans go with whatever is working in a given game.
That helps explain why a different player has been the leading rusher in each of the Titans’ three games — Sankey against Tampa Bay, McCluster against Cleveland and Andrews against Indianapolis.
“I don’t know what it’s going to be next week or the next week that we play,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s going to go from week to week.”
Antonio Andrews was the lead back in Week 3, while Terrance West was a healthy scratch, so it appears that Andrews has passed West on the depth chart, at the very least. Owners won't be able to start Andrews with confidence in Week 5, but if he continues to produce, he should work his way into the flex conversation fairly quickly. Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster will continue to get opportunities as well.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 8:33am
In a Week 1 win at Tampa Bay, running back Bishop Sankey led the way in the running game.
McCluster had a team-high 98 yards on 10 carries against the Browns, nearly getting his rushing total from a year ago (131 yards) in one game. Sankey (12-42) and West (3-10), meanwhile, had relatively quiet days.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt offered praise for McCluster on Monday. McCluster said the plan going in was to get him some touches.
The Titans are getting production from their running backs but this looks like an unpredictable committee approach. McCluster has never really carried the load as an RB. Sankey led the team in carries but only turned 12 rushes into 42 yards.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee, out) did not practice Wednesday. McCluster may miss the rest of the season. His absence should open up passing down snaps for Bishop Sankey and/or Leon Washington.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean said he thinks Wright is a “no-go” for Sunday due to a splint on his right wrist. Wright said he “hopes” to go in Week 15, but will see how he feels on Sunday. If he’s out, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and Derek Hagan. Dexter McCluster might be a sneaky PPR play as well, since he can do some of the same things as Wright.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (concussion, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday.
DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), LB Arthur Moats (not injury related), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. If McCluster can’t play, it opens the door for a big workload for Bishop Sankey, though the Titans also like to use Leon Washington in the passing down role.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. If McCluster can’t play, it opens the door for a big workload for Bishop Sankey, though the Titans also like to use Leon Washington in the passing down role.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 8:54am
Bishop Sankey led the way with 32 snaps among RBs but still isn't producing as owners hoped he would by this point. He had 17 carries for 58 yards and added three receptions. Shonn Greene played just four snaps, but it was Washington who ended up with the team's lone TD on a three-yard reception.
Monday, October 13, 2014, 9:43am
The Titans had 58 snaps in Week 6, and Sankey was in on 29 of them. He led all Tennessee backs. Dexter McCluster had 17 snaps and Leon Washington had 12. Sankey got 18 of the 22 carries by RBs in the game. The bad news is the team went to Jackie Battle on the goal line for a short TD. Sankey finished with 61 yards. We considered him a desperation play in Week 6 even in a good matchup.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Titans RB Shonn Greene (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 6. Greene apparently injured his hamstring on Wednesday, and is now doubtful for Week 6. This could be the opening that Bishop Sankey owners are waiting for. The team’s website expects the rookie to see the “majority of carries” in the Tennessee backfield, but HC Ken Whisenhunt will be sure to use Dexter McCluster more than necessary. We like Sankey as a RB2, but owners should proceed with some caution.
Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky answered a question about the Titans RB situation:
This team with these running backs is looking to use all of them, not for someone to emerge as a starter. Who begins the game is irrelevant in their situation, and they are hardly alone in the NFL. I know it's inconvenient for fantasy purposes. But for football purposes, they are fine doing what they are doing.
We still think Bishop Sankey has a chance to emerge as more of a workhorse than Shonn Greene or Dexter McCluster. After all, teams with workhorses don't use three backs, so if Sankey can step up it should mean more work. He was drafted in the second round keep in mind. When this happens is another question and since this is coming from a beat writer and not the team, they really may be comfortable using multi-backs in their offense. Sankey is starting to hit more and more waiver wires but if you can afford to keep him around you may still benefit.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. McCluster should be good for a few touches again this week, much to the chagrin of Bishop Sankey owners.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Bishop Sankey owners are doing their best voodoo treatment on McCluster, but it looks like he’s on track to suit up against the Bengals.
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