The Tennessee Titans saw three different running backs score touchdowns in their preseason opening win Saturday night and none of them were named Chris Johnson.
Johnson was waived and picked up by the New York Jets and the Titans have turned to a “backfield by committee.”
Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster and second round draft pick Bishop Sankey are all expected to fill the gaping void left by Johnson in the Titans backfield.
Greene rushed for over 1,000 yards twice with the New York Jets and McCluster was a Pro Bowl punt returner in Kansas City.
Sankey was the very first running back taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Each player has a “unique” set of abilities and the team sounds very excited about new head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s ability to use them all effectively.
After his 13 yard TD Saturday night Greene said, “It’s really exciting. You know, we all bring different things to the table and you know I think we showed that today. I think we all want to help, have that helping hand at winning games. There’s no one guy that wants to get this amount of carries… We all just want to help this team win games.”
Sankey caught a five yard TD pass from Charlie Whitehurst in the third quarter Saturday night and the game winning TD went to Jackie Battle in the fourth.
Battle is a 6 foot 2 inch, 240 pound veteran and a bruiser.
He’s making the move to fullback this season as more and more players are asked to fill out more and more roles.
Battle said, “This is definitely a versatile, a very versatile backfield. So you definitely can expect a lot from this backfield. You got a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things, so it’s going to be very exciting to watch this team play this year.