RB Dexter McCluster - Tennessee Titans
|5-9, 172||Born: 8-25-1988||College: Mississippi||Drafted: Round 2|
McCluster has become one of the most dangerous punt returners in the league, earning him a Pro Bowl nod in 2013. If the Titans can provide solid blocking, the team should have one of the better return games this season.
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 15): McCluster (foot) left the locker room after the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys with his right foot in a walking boot. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.
General News (Fri Sep 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Sep 18): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks McCluster will improve as the week goes on. McCluster was wearing a walking boot Sunday, Sept. 14, but he "was up and running" Wednesday, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.
Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Shonn Greene got off to a solid star last week (5/40/0 rushing) but was marginalized as the game went along because the Titans were down 0-16 at the half. All told, Tennessee tried just 13/82/0 during the contest. Greene is the unchallenged starter as of middle September, followed up by Dexter McCluster (4/30/0 rushing with 1/9/0 receiving and Bishop Sankey (2/3/0 rushing last week). The Bengals ranked fifth in the NFL last season averaging just 96.5 rushing yards allowed per game, and they gave up a mere six rushing scores through 16 games played (third in the NFL in this category). On opening day, the Ravens managed to punch in a rushing score (Justin Forsett managed a 13-yard TD run) - all told, the Bengals allowed 20/91/1 rushing to the Ravens. Last week, Atlanta ran for 19/97/0 at Cincinnati - currently, the Bengals are 11th in the NFL averaging 95.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with one rushing score handed over to date. Greene has yet to score this year, and it isn't likely he does so against the ruthless Bengals.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs KC (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster made his debut for the Tennessee Titans against his old team. The Titans seemingly signed McCluster to be a receiving option out of the backfield. With that in mind, it was no surprise that his first input on offense came on a reception in the flat that he converted for a first down. McCluster made a defender miss in space to get a first down. That could have been read as a sign of what was to come, but he didn't have another reception in the game. McCluster was given nine carries, but he never really found space to work in. Part of that was due to his offensive line not creating space, but part was due to McCluster's own limitations in his ability to create yardage.
2014 Week 2 vs DAL (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
McCluster became the primary option in the backfield in the second half when the Titans were trailing 16-0. His first run was very impressive as he showed good initial patience to allow his blocking to develop before accelerating through the middle of the defense. His next carry came two plays later when he took a draw from Locker and made a defender miss in space for a big gain. McCluster initially looked good, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage on his next play. He had just one more five-yard run in the third quarter before seeing the ball again on the final drive of the game.
Latest NewsTitans | Dexter McCluster probable (Fri Sep 19, 03:02 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) fully participated in practice Friday Sept. 19, and is probable for Week 3. Our View: The Titans backfield wasn't going to do much against Cincinnati anyway, but McCluster's status means that it will be split three ways again. Avoid.
link to story Titans | Dexter McCluster fully participates (Thu Sep 18, 06:51 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 18. Titans | Dexter McCluster expected to improve (Wed Sep 17, 04:57 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt thinks McCluster will improve as the week goes on. McCluster was wearing a walking boot Sunday, Sept. 14, but he 'was up and running' Wednesday, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. link to story Titans | Dexter McCluster injury update (Mon Sep 15, 04:47 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Dexter McCluster (foot) is dealing with a sore foot but more information on the injury is not known at this point, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. link to story Titans | Dexter McCluster in walking boot (Sun Sep 14, 09:11 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster (foot) left the locker room after the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys with his right foot in a walking boot. Our View: This could pave the way for rookie Bishop Sankey to have a larger role, but the matchup at Cincinnati next week isn't a great one.
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