Dexter McCluster will attempt to remain the Titans' best passing downs back in camp this summer, but it won't be easy. The team traded for running back DeMarco Murray, who is a pretty solid pass catcher in his own right, and drafted Derrick Henry. Truth is, even if McCluster gets the kind of workload he had last season, he still has a ceiling of about 500 total yards and a couple of touchdowns. That's what he landed last season on 55 carries and 31 receptions. He's not worth drafting, even in PPR leagues.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated Friday that McCluster's roster spot is safe despite the offseason additions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry at the running back position, John Glennon of the Tennessean reports. McCluster's receiving ability and elusiveness out of the backfield differentiate him from more traditional options like David Cobb or Antonio Andrews. While Murray and Henry will likely get the lion's share of touches, the diminutive running back should still see the field in a change-of-pace role similar to the one he played in 2015.
McCluster is out for the year with a broken wrist. McCluster finishes the season with 247 rushing yards and a touchdown on 55 carries in 11 games. He also added 260 receiving yards and a touchdown on 31 catches. In his absence down the stretch, look for Bishop Sankey (inactive in Week 14) to re-join the Titans' backfield mix.
McCluster rushed four times for a team-leading 12 yards, and caught 4-of-5 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets. McCluster (knee) reprised his usual change-of-pace role after missing two weeks, but everything short of a pass to the quarterback failed to make an indent against a swarming Jets defense. He led the team in rushing because Antonio Andrews also saw only four carries, but don't expect McCLuster's role to expand much despite facing a less intimidating Patriots run defense next week.
McCluster (knee) is active for Sunday's game at New York. Antonio Andrews and David Cobb should still see the majority of work at running back in this game, but McCluster could see some action in passing situations.
McCluster (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday. It seems as if McCluster may make his first return to the field since injuring his knee in a Week 11 contest. Antonio Andrews and David Cobb have essentially seized control of the running back position, so it seems unlikely that McCluster could contribute a huge stat line, but he'll likely make an appearance as a viable third-down back for the Titans.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|10||11/13||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|15||12/18||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|3 Year Avg||34||128||0||37||323||1||50|