Andrews was charged in Nashville on Friday with felony aggravated assault, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. Andrews allegedly broke a man's jaw during an early-morning altercation in March. He is expected to appear in court for a hearing May 19. An undrafted free agent, the 25-year-old has spent the last three years with the Titans before tumbling down the depth chart in 2016. He finished the year with just 15 yards on two carries. He was not retained by the team in the offseason.
Andrews won't receive a restricted free agency tender from the Titans, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports. Andrews had 143 rushing attempts for 520 yards and three touchdowns in 2015, but the additions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry last offseason relegated him to just two carries and 15 yards in 2016. By not extending Andrews a restricted free agent tende, the Titans are enbabling him to test the open market when free agency officially opens Thursday afternoon. He'll likely look for a team that offers him more playing time in 2017.
Andrews rushed twice for 15 yards Sunday in San Diego. Andrews took advantage of backup Derrick Henry's calf injury, and registered his first offensive touches of the season. Even if Henry remains out for a while, Andrews won't play more than a handful of snaps per game behind DeMarco Murray.
Andrews has emerged as Tennessee's third-string running back following Friday's final roster cuts. The Titans opted to keep just three running backs, which is one fewer than expected. Nonetheless, the team's 2015 leading rusher was able to secure a spot on the final roster unlike Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster or David Cobb. He's unlikely to see the field on offense unless DeMarco Murray or Derrick Henry get hurt, but could mix in on special teams as a kick returner.
Andrews rushed four times for nine yards, and added 33 yards on three kick returns in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders. Strong special teams play was supposed to distinguish Andrews from Tennessee's other depth running backs, but he didn't help his case much in this one. His 10 offensive snaps did exceed Dexter McCluster (six), David Cobb (two), and Bishop Sankey (zero) combined, so it looks like the team's leading 2015 rusher still holds a slight edge in the battle to back up DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry heading into the preseason finale.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|15||12/17||@San Francisco 49ers||31||21.67|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Rams||32||24.67|
|3 Year Avg||48||178||1||8||62||0||29|