by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Tennessee Titans are starting to look towards 2015 and beyond. The decision to start Zach Mettenberger told us that, but it shouldn’t be the only noteworthy lineup switch we see from the team.
Bishop Sankey has underwhelmed in his opportunities, though there is little reason to think that he’s suddenly going to be taken out of the rotation. Shonn Greene, on the other hand, is a completely different story.
Managing 191 yards on 45 carries and also coming off an arrest this past week, could the Titans move in a new direction? At 29-years old Greene certainly isn’t a part of the team’s future, so it makes sense to find out if someone else is…
Enter undrafted Antonio Andrews, a 5’10”, 225 lbs. rookie out of Western Kentucky. A quarterback in high school, CBS Sports compared him to Rashad Jennings prior to the draft saying:
“Jennings has quietly carved out a solid career for himself in the NFL after starring at Liberty and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andrews do the same. He’s not an elite athlete but has good size and has a varied and valued skill-set.”
Andrews definitely had impressive numbers over his final two seasons in college. He combined for 3,414 rushing yards and 27 TD, while adding 78 receptions for 910 yards and 3 TD. Small school or not, those are numbers that are going to get your attention.
CBS Sports definitely had a lot of positives in their scouting report:
“Good vision and patience as a runner, considering his past at quarterback. Presses the hole when it is there but shows an impressive shoulder-dip and slide hesitation move to freeze defenders before cutting laterally. Deceptive burst and accelerates to top speed quickly to throw off defenders’ angles. Accelerates into would-be tacklers head on, lowering his shoulder and using his free hand to ward them off with a strong stiff-arm. Above average balance, especially for a big back. Can absorb a shot to his upper or lower body (especially straight-on) and while he may be knocked back for a split-second, often is able to gather himself and push forward for additional yardage, breaking free, on occasion.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t negatives. NFL.com noted that he had fumbling issues in college, as well as having struggled in pass protection. Those are two things that need to be there in the NFL and if you don’t have them you simply aren’t going to play.
It will certainly be interesting to see how things progress. He has already been promoted from the practice squad, as the team didn’t want to lose him to a RB starved franchise (i.e. the Buffalo Bills). Would it be surprising to see him quickly take the role of Greene, sharing carries with Sankey as Dexter McCluster continues to fill the third down role?
Given Sankey’s struggles, that potential makes Andrews an intriguing player to stash in dynasty formats (and maybe even the deepest of redraft leagues). Sometimes you have to be one step ahead of your competitors and this is one of those potential opportunities.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, CBS Sports
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