Fixing Running Game Priority One For Titans

The Titans are doing everything they can to find the answers to fix their putrid running game.

The top priority for the Tennessee Titans this season is to fix the abysmal running game.

To that end the team invested heavily in the draft by adding fullback Jalston Fowler in the fourth round and running back David Cobb in the fifth.

Throw in returning backs Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster and Antonio Andrews and the Titans have a stable of backs for 2015. But are they capable of shouldering the burden of running the football for the Titans.Sankey, a second round pick last season lead the team in rushing with just 569 yards. Questions still remain as to if he is the back the team had hoped he would be when they selected him.

Andrews, a second year back is a big back (225 pounds) who showed some flashes at times but did not get a real opportunity to show if he is the guy, while McCluster is more of a situational back and not someone who can carry the football fifteen times a game for a season.

There are also major questions surrounding the Titans offense line, a unit that was decimated by injuries and ineffective play last season.

The coaching staff has worked to fix the line issues, shuffling different combinations of players in and out in hopes of finding the best combination possible. They have also moved players in to different positions to try to fix the issues.

There is also a chance that the team could add another lineman once roster cuts begin at the league mandated times to trip roster in the preseason.Remember last season when we saw defensive lineman Karl Klug lined up as a fullback?

On Wednesday we saw it again, this time however it was Klug leading the way for Fowler who was lined up as the tailback.

For those of you who might be wondering, that’s 528 pounds of running back who the Titans can use in short yardage situations.

How important could this one package be? Remember Cleveland.

The Titans needed just one yard on a third-and-one to keep a drive alive that would have likely lead them to a win over the Browns, but their inability to gain just one yard when they needed it most allowed the visitors to escape L.P. Field with a win.

None of this things are guaranteed to fix the issues in the run game, but it is abundantly clear that the Titans are serious about correcting the problems and being able to run the football.

The team will get back to work again on Thursday afternoon when they conduct an open practice for fans at St. Thomas Sports Park.


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