Running Back Jeremy McNichols
Tennessee spent the offseason signing their star running back Derrick Henry to a long term deal. The defending rushing champion is now the definitive running back of the future for the Titans after leading the team to the AFC Championship. However, behind Henry, the running back depth is thin.
The Titans left disappointing Dion Lewis go and drafted Darrynton Evans in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Evans is an explosive, open field running back that brings a good pass catching option for the Titans. Evans is a rookie and will need time and reps to acclimate to the speed of the NFL.
Behind Evans, the Titans elected to keep Senorise Perry. Perry is a long-time NFL veteran who is primarily a kickoff return specialist. Based on the depth chart, it looks like the Titans are going to be depending on Henry heavily.
Jeremy McNichols is a more traditional running back that can be useful to add depth behind Henry in case of injury. McNichols spent time with the team back in 2018 and has some familiarity with the Titans offense.
Keeping McNichols safe with a protected spot allows the Titans to build up his understanding of the offense as well as using him in the active roster as needed.