The Titans offense is expected to carry the load this season in the eyes of many prognosticators. And the anchor of that attack once again should be the running game.
Sure, the Titans have a blossoming quarterback in Marcus Mariota and have upgraded the wide receiver corps to give him more weapons in year three. But the bread and butter of Mike Mularkey’s system is still based on a strong running game, something the Titans featured a year ago with DeMarco Murray. Murray led the AFC with 1,287 yards in a nice bounce back season after a dismal 2016 with the Eagles.
Behind Murray, the Titans don’t miss a beat with 2016 Heisman winner Derrick Henry, who had 490 yards of his own in limited touches. Beyond that, the Titans have fullback Jalston Fowler, who does what you want a traditional fullback to do – block and catch the occasional swing pass.
The wild-card in this is rookie Khalfani Muhammad, a seventh-round pick who could stick as a change of pace back. His small jitterbug style is reminiscent of players like Jacquizz Rodgers and Darren Sproles. But even if he makes the roster, where will his touches come from with Murray and Henry firmly ahead of him.
RBs currently on the roster: 7 _ DeMarco Murray (7th year, Oklahoma); Derrick Henry (2nd year Alabama); Jalston Fowler, FB (3rd year, Alabama); David Fluellen (1st year, Toledo); Khalfani Muhammad (Rookie, California); Joe Bacci, FB (Rookie, Central Michigan); Akeem Judd (Rookie, Ole Miss).
RBs projected on the 53-man roster: 4, plus 1 on the practice squad.
Best storylines of camp/preseason: How many carries will Henry get and can Muhammad find a role on the 53-man roster.