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Marcus Mariota could help Titans run game

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:41pm

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When Vince Young was quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans they were generally a good running team.

The threat of Young as a runner helped open things up for Chris Johnson and others.

Could Marcus Mariota have a similar effect on the Titans current crop of running backs, likely to work as a committee? The Titans certainly hope that as they look for an improved running game.

They average 4.1 yards per carry and 90.4 yards a game a year ago, when they ultimately turned to the immobile Zach Mettenberger as their starter.

Fantasy Impact:

Defenses have to be prepared for Mariota to take off at any time, with a designed running play, a zone read play, a bootleg that may turn into a run or a scramble. When a defense is working against an immobile signal-caller, it can neglect him as a run threat. That could be good news for Bishop Sankey, who was expected to make more of an impact than he did last year. The Titans O-line also struggled, which didn't help. Sankey is ranked just 40th on our list of RBs and is available as late as the ninth round in drafts.