Titans Training Camp Preview: Running Backs



In camp: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Dexter McCluster, David Cobb, Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey, David Fluellen, Jalston Fowler (FB), Sam Bergen (FB).


Offseason developments:** The Titans traded with the Eagles for Murray, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in Dallas in 2014. Then the team drafted Henry, last year's Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama. Cobb, Andrews and Sankey saw their reps decrease during an offseason when the team focused on getting Murray and Henry comfortable, and up to speed, in a new offense.

In the spotlight: Murray. Coming off a stellar 2014 season, Murray's numbers weren't nearly as impressive last season with the Eagles, where he had few opportunities in an offense that wasn't designed to take advantage of his strengths. The Titans plan to put Murray to work, and they've love how he's handled himself over the last few months. Murray has looked good on the field, and he's also spoken up and provided leadership. The expectation is he'll return to form in 2016, and be the team's workhorse in the backfield.


Battle to watch:** Andrews vs. Cobb vs. Sankey. McCluster isn't listed in this group because his contributions on special teams and his unique skill set set him apart. He's a tough matchup, and should provide a nice change of pace with Murray and Henry. But he'll still need to impress in camp, of course. The rest of the group will be battling for roster survival. Cobb has lost weight and is in better shape compared to last year, and he's more comfortable in Year 2. Sankey has another year under his belt, but he's clearly on the spot. Andrews might be the player to beat from this threesome because of his ability to play on special teams. But competition -- and productivity -- will ultimately determine what happens here.

Keep an eye on: Henry. The second-round pick is still working on his game, but he's been impressive catching the football, and when he's sure of what he's doing, he's been pretty darn impressive. Henry has a burst in the open field after getting through the traffic. While Murray is expected to get the bulk of the carries, Henry could earn more opportunities if he's productive with his chances.

Tomorrow: Receivers.

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