Darrynton Evans, RB
Evans is supposed to be the missing piece to the Tennessee Titans offense. Derrick Henry is a sledgehammer who can run for the tough 4-yard gains and who will break your defense in half if you don’t bring your best when you tackle him.
On the other hand, Evans was supposed to be the finesse of this offense. More in the mold of Darren Sproles or Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Evans was going to be a smooth one-cut runner who had the speed to make big plays and the agility to make guys miss after they had been trained (by Henry) that contact was coming.
Derrick Henry is never going to be someone you trust on 3rd downs and so far this season he got beaten as a blocker in Denver and he dropped a screen pass against the Jaguars. So if Evans can come in and help fill that void while resting Henry then it is a win-win.
Everything I said is true, and there are high expectations for the rookie, but we have to remember that Evans is coming into the season:
-With no real training camp
-From App. State which doesn’t face the toughest competition
-With a hamstring injury
-Very little time working with the first-team offense.
That has to temper expectations a little bit.