How Will Titans Divide RB Carries in 2016?


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – DeMarco Murray has proven during the course of his playing career he can be a workhorse running back.

Heck, he carried the ball 392 times during a 1,845-yard season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. While in college at Oklahoma, he ran the football 282 times during his senior year while racking up 1,214 yards.

Murray joined the Titans in March after playing last season in Philadelphia. He's ready to run it some more.

Derrick Henry is used to having the ball in his hands as well. On his way to winning the Heisman Trophy last season, Henry piled up 2,219 yards on a whopping 395 carries at Alabama.

The Titans drafted Henry in the NFL Draft, and plan to put him in a tandem with Murray.

So, what's offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie's theory on running backs, and division of carries?

"I believe in just doing whatever we have to do, whatever is necessary to win the game,'' Robiskie said. "Obviously we'll have it situated going into the game, and figuring, 'Hey, we want to go this way or go that way.' If we get to going in the game and some guy gets the hot hand and that's what it takes to win the game then that is what we are going to do.

"We are not going to sit down before the game and say, 'So and so has to have 20 carries, or he has to touch it 25 times,''' Robiskie said. "We are going to go into the game and we'll run the offense and try and get it called and try and execute it and whatever we feel we need to get done to win the game, that's what we're going to get done. But we don't sit down and structure, so and so has to have 25 carries, so and so has to get 30 carries."

If a certain guy gets hot, with a smile, Robiskie said, "I wouldn't be afraid to give him 70 (carries). If I hand it to him and he keeps running for touchdowns, I'll keep handing it to him."

In addition to Murray and Henry, running backs Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster, David Cobb, Bishop Sankey and David Fluellen are all competing for opportunities as well.

Murray said he's ready to do his part.

"We have a lot of good running backs on this team, so I think everybody is going to get a fair share of carries,'' Murray said. "Obviously (getting a lot of carries to get into a rhythm) is important for some guys. It just depends on how the game goes."

New Titans RB DeMarco Murray debuts his #29 jersey. (Photos: Terry Wyatt)

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