RB Dexter McCluster - Tennessee Titans
|5-9, 172||Born: 8-25-1988||College: Mississippi||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 14 vs NYJ (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
McCluster was the target for Marcus Mariota's first quarter interception, but there was nothing the running back could have done to prevent it. The running back was given two carries, one off tackle and one up the middle, on the following drive but couldn't find any space. McCluster had a handful of touches before the end of the first half, but couldn't gain more than a few yards. He eventually got a first down on an angle route out of the backfield in the third quarter. McCluster added a second first down on the following drive when he converted a first-and-20 down the right sideline.
2015 Week 11 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster had a quiet first half as the offense struggled to sustain drives and Antonio Andrews had the bulk of the touches at running back. He opened the third quarter with a catch in the flat for a nine-yard gain that set up a third down the Titans would go on to convert. Most significantly though, McCluster stayed down after the play after taking a hard hit to his knee. He was carted to the locker room and never returned.
2015 Week 10 vs CAR (3 / 25 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster was named a team captain during the week leading up to this game, taking over for left tackle Taylor Lewan. McCluster was given an opportunity to lead by example on the first drive of the game, getting the first carry. However, he and quarterback Marcus Mariota lost the ball during their handoff. He was able to dive on top of the ball to prevent the turnover but couldn't gain yards downfield. McCluster had another carry when he took a pitch outside and was hit hard behind the line of scrimmage before scoring a long touchdown before the end of the first quarter. McCluster took a well-blocked run off right tackle before making a defender miss in space to dive past the pylon. McCluster played a big role in the Titans offense, but his overall impact was predictably muted. It was fitting that his day finished with a lost fumble in the fourth quarter.
2015 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster continued in his multi-faceted role on Sunday, contributing on the ground, in the passing game and on special teams. His running duties were in a change of pace role behind Antonio Andrews. McCluster carried the ball eight times for 19 yards, averaging a paltry 2.4 yards per carry and also fumbled the ball in the red zone right before the half. He hauled in two of his four passing targets and handled his usual kickoff and punt return duties. Expect McCluster to continue in his change of pace role and to see a similar amount of opportunities on a weekly basis.
2015 Week 8 vs HOU (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster didn't start the game at running back, but he was the second back onto the field during the first drive of the game. His first carry went for seven yards as he skipped through the line of scrimmage before making a cut on the second level. Despite his success on his first carry, he would only run the ball twice more for eight yards. McCluster was also targeted on third down to end that drive. He dropped a pass when he was wide open underneath, though even if he had caught it he wouldn't have had a chance to convert for a first down. Those were the types of targets McCluster received throughout the game, so even when he caught them the yards he gained were limited.
2015 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster started the game and played more than any other back in the first half, but he wasn't as impactful running the ball as Antonio Andrews. Despite showing limited value as a runner, McCluster compiled yards as the recipient of repeated checkdowns from Mettenberger when left uncovered underneath. Overall it was a quiet, largely inconsequential game from the running back.
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Dexter McCluster got the first two carries of the game for the Titans. Both runs went towards the outside right, where he was able to gain a first down on one big gain. McCluster doesn't appear to be the team's receiving back anymore, but he is still featuring in the offense getting both carries and targets. His most significant play in this game came at the goalline when Mariota threw him a quick pass between the tackles for an easy touchdown.
2015 Week 5 vs BUF (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster remains a prominent part of the Titans backfield committee but he is no longer the majority holder of the passing down snaps. Antonio Andrews is eating into his production and it's unlikely that that trend changes. McCluster didn't help his case in this game as he was largely unimpactful while committing a bad false start penalty early in the first quarter.
2015 Week 3 vs IND (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster got the start ahead of Bishop Sankey. He carried the ball on the first snap of the game too, but couldn't make any ground between the tackles. Sankey didn't stay in for the third down that followed his first couple of snaps, leaving Antonio Andrews to drop a pass that would have gone for a first down. McCluster eventually caught his first pass of the game during the second quarter. He ran a deep out route from the slot for a big play against Mike Adams. McCluster gave way to Andrews as the primary runner before long, but he continued to play a role in the offense as a receiving option and a runner.
2015 Week 2 vs CLE (10 / 98 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Titans appeared to have specifically targeted the edges of the Browns run defense with the same running play that featured McCluster. It was a stretch handoff that created a lane for McCluster to run through repeatedly, giving him free lanes onto the second-level. McCluster made defenders miss in space when confronted and had decent explosiveness to eat up the space in front of him.
2015 Week 1 vs TB (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster had a very limited role in this game. He was on the field, but he only had two carries and didn't catch a pass. McCluster could see plenty of games like this throughout the season based on how the offense is built. Mariota is comfortable pushing the ball downfield while the Titans were happy to use the running back in play action situations often instead of having them as a receiving option from the backfield or out wide.
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