Shonn Greene, RB, Titans
|RB - #63||178.79||TEN||Active||6 years||29||5'11||226|
2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Aug-15-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Could Shonn Greene be over the hill at 28? He very well could be. Greene's knee injuries have hampered his offseason progress and he has had two surgeries in nine months on the same knee. With the RB1 role locked up by rookie RB Bishop Sankey, Greene will take a permanent back seat. The former Iowa runner will be a bust, as much of his career would havve indicated. Though it's not all doom and gloom, since this season could provide some limited opportunities (such as short-yardage carries). Greene's low ceiling and disappointing athleticism make him a bust candidate.
Update 8/15/14 - Greene just had his knee scoped again and this does not bode well for his durability this season. It looks like Bishop Sankey will be getting the rock this season and Greene will fade out of the picture quickly. Greene should be back on the field soon, but I doubt he will be a force in the offense.
Titans rookie Bishop Sankey has led the team's running backs in snaps in each of the past two weeks. Although he wasn't on the field for more than 30 plays in either game, no other Tennessee RB -- Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster -- was on the field for more than 20.
Sankey also paced the team in carries in Week 4 against the Colts and scored his first career touchdown. More snaps and carries, it's just the start for Sankey. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said as much during a Tuesday radio interview.
"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week.
"[Sankey has] made strides and done some of the things we've asked him, and in turn, he's going to get more reps and they're going to be earlier in the game. He's going to get in the game earlier no matter what because he's a good football player, but that's coming."
One of those things that the coaches have harped on with Sankey is footwork improvement, and Whisenhunt said he has gotten better in that area. Sankey averaged 5.9 yards per carry through the past two games while Greene averaged 3.3. With his technique getting better, Sankey deserves more carries. He is clearly the team's most talented running back and is rightfully separating from the herd. He has an unbelievably friendly short-term schedule coming up. He will get back-to-back home matchups against the Browns and Jaguars in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively. Sankey is a fine flex option for this week and a smart buy-low trade target.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/1 - Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt: RB Bishop Sankey will get more reps, play earlier
9/13 - Titans RB Bishop Sankey's role will 'gradually grow'
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