Miss: Dalyn Dawkins
Don’t get me wrong: I like Dalyn Dawkins a lot.
What he did in the last preseason game (117 rushing yards, two receiving touchdowns) was impressive, but it was against the bottom of the barrel defenders of the Chicago Bears.
And, based on performance, if the Titans were going to keep a fourth back, Dawkins was the No. 2 option behind Jeremy McNichols.
It was quite the surprise to see the Titans thought differently, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
Miss: Jeremy McNichols
As good as Dawkins looked this preseason in the games he played, McNichols was better.
He was the team’s leading rusher in two preseason games, routinely ripped off big plays on the ground, was a consistent receiver, and he found the end zone twice. McNichols also proved to be solid in pass protection, which is another important quality for a running back.
We liked everything McNichols did in the exhibition slate, and he was by far the team’s best back. Don’t feel too bad for him, though. McNichols should land on his feet with another team – or at least he deserves to.