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    Backfield situation

    As I look down the roster as it is currently, as well as watch tape and game film, I come to a very big question entering this season... How does Whisenhunt handle the carries out of the backfield? With Antonio Andrews, Leon Washington, Jackie Battle, Dexter McCluster, Shonn Green and Bishop Sankey are expected to make the final roster how do you control the touches?

    The league now has gone from 300 touch workhorse backs to RBBCs so I am more biased towards spreading the touches out amongst Greene and McCluster this season with a Sankey being sprinkled in also. Allow Andrews to learn the system and fight for touches next season. I think it's the biggest battle on the offensive side of the ball.. Your thoughts?

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    Because of the versatility of the running backs on this roster, I think the Titans will have more than enough production to go around for everybody. I see a similar running back rotation to what we've seen in New Orleans the last few years or what San Diego had last season. Considering the Titans had 462 carries last season, I could see it breaking down like this:

    Greene - 200 carries
    Sankey - 120 carries
    McCluster - 60 carries
    Locker - 40 carries
    Battle - 20 carries
    Other players - 22 carries

    But then again, there's a lot of other factors that come into play here. As I've heard a few other posters say, Andrews seems to be well liked by the coaching staff. It wouldn't be shocking if he made the team and ended up being a guy who got carries throughout the year. Also, Sankey and McCluster will inevitably see a lot of work in the passing game, which could change the number of carries they get throughout the season.

    The other big concern I have is Greene. The guy has never really proven himself to be a true feature back in this league. If Sankey or McCluster or Andrews end up being more effective during the season, I could see him getting moved down in the rotation to the No. 2 or No. 3 guy.


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    I wouldn't be shocked to see Greene get cut
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingOfDaNorth View Post
    As I look down the roster as it is currently, as well as watch tape and game film, I come to a very big question entering this season... How does Whisenhunt handle the carries out of the backfield? With Antonio Andrews, Leon Washington, Jackie Battle, Dexter McCluster, Shonn Green and Bishop Sankey are expected to make the final roster how do you control the touches?

    The league now has gone from 300 touch workhorse backs to RBBCs so I am more biased towards spreading the touches out amongst Greene and McCluster this season with a Sankey being sprinkled in also. Allow Andrews to learn the system and fight for touches next season. I think it's the biggest battle on the offensive side of the ball.. Your thoughts?
    I can't see them keeping 6 running backs. When Whisenhunt was in Arizona from 2007-2012 only once did he keep 6 running backs and that was pretty much because of the return game. That won't be the case on this team. Marc Mariani and Dexter McCluster make Leon Washington expendable and they also are more likely to contribute on offense as well.

    I think they see potential in Andrews as he is a bigger back who also is pretty effective out of the backfield as a receiver and in the blocking game. Jackie Battle is a jack of all trades that offers them a HB, FB and special teams player. And obviously Sankey and McCluster are gonna make the team almost by default because of what the team invested in them this offseason.

    In my opinion either Shonn Greene or Leon Washington won't make the team. But I think they would have to feel really comfortable about the other guys before releasing Greene. Unless I missed it Leon Washington didn't get any action in that 1st preseason game. Not even in the return game. It also wouldn't shock me to see them cut Andrews and try to stash him on the practice squad in favor of either veteran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    I can't see them keeping 6 running backs. When Whisenhunt was in Arizona from 2007-2012 only once did he keep 6 running backs and that was pretty much because of the return game. That won't be the case on this team. Marc Mariani and Dexter McCluster make Leon Washington expendable and they also are more likely to contribute on offense as well.

    I think they see potential in Andrews as he is a bigger back who also is pretty effective out of the backfield as a receiver and in the blocking game. Jackie Battle is a jack of all trades that offers them a HB, FB and special teams player. And obviously Sankey and McCluster are gonna make the team almost by default because of what the team invested in them this offseason.

    In my opinion either Shonn Greene or Leon Washington won't make the team. But I think they would have to feel really comfortable about the other guys before releasing Greene. Unless I missed it Leon Washington didn't get any action in that 1st preseason game. Not even in the return game. It also wouldn't shock me to see them cut Andrews and try to stash him on the practice squad in favor of either veteran.
    I think Washington is close to a lock due to his return abilities. Sure Mariani and McCluster are fellow returners but Marianis injury history and the potential workload of Dexter offensively can't sit well with Whiz. Greene, Sankey, Dexter, Andrews and Washington likely are kept. Remember Battle is now FB for us. Entirely possible we keep 5 backs when you consider Washington is purely a return man and we lack a feature back, therefore we will be forced to use a committee.

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    Shonn Greene has looked good lately, he's going to make the team of course, and start off as the #1 back. I expect as the season goes on, that Sankey's versatility will earn him more first team time.. These 2 will lead the RRBC.

    McCluster will be brought in to try and break off big plays. He'll do most of his work in the receiving game out of the backfield ala Danny Woodhead last year.

    Jackie Battle will be the FB, and get under 10 carries this season IMO, unless Greene gets hurt.

    Antonio Andrews is solid but I don't see him making the team. He's Shonn Greene 2.0, and in this case, they'll go with the veteran, as they should (already 1 rookie RB expected to contribute).

    I can't see Leon Washington make the roster, too many backs as is.. Unless he makes it instead of Mariani.. I'm betting on Mariani making it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnocOnYoBloc View Post
    Shonn Greene has looked good lately, he's going to make the team of course, and start off as the #1 back. I expect as the season goes on, that Sankey's versatility will earn him more first team time.. These 2 will lead the RRBC.

    McCluster will be brought in to try and break off big plays. He'll do most of his work in the receiving game out of the backfield ala Danny Woodhead last year.

    Jackie Battle will be the FB, and get under 10 carries this season IMO, unless Greene gets hurt.

    Antonio Andrews is solid but I don't see him making the team. He's Shonn Greene 2.0, and in this case, they'll go with the veteran, as they should (already 1 rookie RB expected to contribute).

    I can't see Leon Washington make the roster, too many backs as is.. Unless he makes it instead of Mariani.. I'm betting on Mariani making it though.
    Shonn Greene certainly looked good in the preseason opener and should make the team as the between the tackles bruiser who best serves us in short yardage and goal line situations too.

    Sankey is a lock to make the team as a second round pick. Sankey best suits us as a chance of pace back, one we need to put in space as a receiver and runner.

    McCluster, also a lock to make the team, will best serve us in a Darren Sproles role with the majority of his touches coming on catches. Dexter can catch out of the backfield as well as play in the slot, a wrinkle which opens up a lot offensively.

    Battle should make the team as our starting FB because of his physical style of play, special teams play and the flexibility it would provide us as an offense.

    With three backs already on the squad I do believe Washington or Andrews will be cut. If forced to choose between an aging return specialist with absolutely no chance to help us offensively and a young player who could provide us another bruising back, I'd have to go with Andrews. While I don't believe either would play significant roles this season, I believe Andrews could replace Greene next season after learning the system and "redshirting" a season.

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    Unless the team is really in love with Andrews, I'd probably be willing to bet that both Washington and Andrews get cut. Isn't it pretty unusual for teams to carry four running backs and a full back? But I could see a situation where Andrews gets work on the Titans practice squad and gets a shot later in the season in case of injury or someone underperforming.


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    I expect Andrews and Washington to both be cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightybosstone View Post
    Unless the team is really in love with Andrews, I'd probably be willing to bet that both Washington and Andrews get cut. Isn't it pretty unusual for teams to carry four running backs and a full back? But I could see a situation where Andrews gets work on the Titans practice squad and gets a shot later in the season in case of injury or someone underperforming.
    From when he was at Arizona it seemed like Whisenhunt liked to keep 4 HBs and 1 FB. But this situation is hard to judge because Jackie Battle can be looked at as HB/FB. Dexter McCluster can be looked at as HB/WR/KPR. Leon Washington can be looked at as HB/KPR.

    But one of the things that I see is that McCluster shouldn't really be viewed as a HB. Because he wouldn't be able to carry a full load. Thats where I could see them carrying 4 viewing him as a situational player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    From when he was at Arizona it seemed like Whisenhunt liked to keep 4 HBs and 1 FB. But this situation is hard to judge because Jackie Battle can be looked at as HB/FB. Dexter McCluster can be looked at as HB/WR/KPR. Leon Washington can be looked at as HB/KPR.

    But one of the things that I see is that McCluster shouldn't really be viewed as a HB. Because he wouldn't be able to carry a full load. Thats where I could see them carrying 4 viewing him as a situational player.
    Keeping backs who are versatile such as Battle (FB/RB) and McCluster (RB/WR) can do nothing but open up our offense. I do believe McCluster and Mariani likely wind up being our return men as Washington likely gets cut.

    I don't know that I consider McCluster as a situational player because he could be used on any play. Certainly he isn't going to to 250+ touches offensively but working out of the slot and backfield could certainly see 120-150 touches plus return opportunities.

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    Jim Wyatt said that he expects the Titans to cut Washington and Andrews. That they feel that with Sankey, Greene, McCluster and Battle they have 4 rbs and if Battle gets hurt they could throw a TE in at FB. They might be able to put Andrews on the practice squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    Jim Wyatt said that he expects the Titans to cut Washington and Andrews. That they feel that with Sankey, Greene, McCluster and Battle they have 4 rbs and if Battle gets hurt they could throw a TE in at FB. They might be able to put Andrews on the practice squad.
    With Greene all but assured not to return next season, it worries me who will step into the committee to replace him.. Hopefully not another rookie next year. I'd much rather a low key Veteran or someone with a year in the system under their belt. Who knows, Dexter and Sankey might be the backfield duo next season ala Mathews/Woodhead

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    Just something that caught my attention today.

    Chris Johnson so far with the Jets through 6 games

    51 carries for 200 yards and 1 touchdown

    On pace for 528 yards and 3 touchdowns

    His touches the last 6 weeks 13, 12, 10, 6, 7 and 3

    So it wasn't the Titans for anybody that had doubts.

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