The Tennessee Titans know who their starting running back is going to be for the foreseeable future and as a result, didn’t spend any of their seven draft picks on one. Derrick Henry might be the unquestioned starter, but what does the backup, third-string, and practice squad situation look like?
Behind Henry, there are five other options on the roster. These players are (in alphabetical order):
Blasingame is a fullback and is entering his third year after playing at Vanderbilt. He’s appeared in 21 games over the past two years and has eight receptions for 93 yards during that time. He hasn’t had a carry yet but fullbacks tend to be used more for blocking.
Evans was taken in the third round of last year’s draft out of Appalachian State and the Titans have high hopes for him. He only played in five games as a rookie last season and if he’s healthy, he’s the favorite to land the No. 2 job in the offense, at least according to Joe Rexrode of The Athletic (must have a subscription to view the article).
McNichols has been a journeyman during his four-year career, as the Titans were his fourth team in as many seasons. He shined the brightest with Tennessee, rushing for 204 yards and a touchdown on 47 carries, and appeared in all 16 games. McNichols impressed enough last year where he should be able to make the 2021 roster..
When it comes to who will be behind Henry on the depth chart, Evans seems like the most likely candidate. The Titans drafted him in the third round for a reason and after his 2019 season where he rushed for 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns while grabbing five more touchdowns through the air, it’s no wonder why the Titans had high hopes for this kid.
The backup running back spot will be one of the more intriguing position battles to watch out for this summer.