Tennessee Titans strengths and weaknesses: Running Backs

Derrick Henry #22, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans’ secret weapon

Though not a true running back, one other player of note is fullback Tory Carter.

No one dreamed the undrafted rookie out of LSU would make Khari Blasingame expendable, but Carter did just that. Blasingame was a stud FB with three seasons of experience with the team, but when Carter played last season, there was no dropoff at the position.

He also contributed on special teams and his biggest play of the season may have been his fumble recovery on the opening play of the 2nd half against the Saints after a snot-knocker of a hit by LB Dylan Cole.

The Tennessee Titans took over at the 19-yard line and scored a TD on a 5-play drive that ended with a Ryan Tannehill to Mycole Pruitt 2-yard toss. Assuming the Titans keep a FB on the roster, it will most assuredly be Carter.

It seemed Titans fans could pencil in the running backs during the last few seasons before training camp even began. Was there any doubt heading into camp last year that the Titans would go with Henry, Jeremy McNichols, and Darrynton Evans?

This year Henry is a sure thing, and you would think Haskins is also. Tory Carter will likely lock down the fullback spot, assuming the team keeps one on the roster. But beyond those three? Hilliard’s performance last season could give him the edge if the Titans keep a third running back on the roster, but he could lose out if one of the other backs comes on strong. Whoever they choose will likely make the team based on special teams performance.

While there are questions to be answered, Henry’s presence alone earns the running backs a net positive rating in the team’s pursuit of winning a championship in 2022. The rest is just gravy, but this is a better bunch than national pundits will likely admit.

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