Tennessee Titans running back Darrynton Evans
Saying Darrynton Evans‘ rookie season didn’t go according to plan would be an understatement. After notching 2,884 yards on 482 carries and another 319 yards on 39 receptions over the course of 39 career games at the collegiate level (and 31 career touchdowns), the Tennessee Titans nabbed him in Round 3 of 2020’s NFL Draft.
In his first season with the two-tone blue, he racked up 54 yards on 14 carries and missed 11 of a possible 17 games due to injury. He would make it back for Tennessee’s lone playoff game versus the Baltimore Ravens, but he only toted the ball one time for one yard in that one.
The theory is, now that he’s healthy, that he’ll be the Titans version of a Swiss Army knife, someone Tennessee can use to spell the great Derrick Henry. Evans is someone that the Titans coaching staff could line up all over the field, but after seeing the injury concerns last season and with the desire to see Derrick Henry on the field as much as possible, it’s easy to feel as though Evans won’t give us what we’re looking for.
500 yards rushing, another 500 yards receiving, and five touchdowns or more feel ideal, but in the case of Evans, those are the types of expectations that you may believe are impossible until you actually see him do those things. Put the expectations on pause here, at least for a little while.