RB Jackie Battle, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 245, Born: 10-1-1983, College: Houston, Drafted: ---
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The best case scenario for Jackie Battle this season is an injury to Shonn Greene or a featured role as a goal line back. Battle's fantasy worth will be reliant on his ability to score touchdowns.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Battle came in on third and 2 in the second quarter and couldn't win at the point of attack on a well blocked play. Battle made up for it on the very next play as he evaded a defender in the backfield to convert for a first down. Battle got the Titans' first goalline carry and powered his way in for a touchdown on a well-blocked play. With an eight point lead late in the third quarter, the Titans inserted Battle in for Johnson as the team's feature back.
Week 2 - With Shonn Greene out and Battle coming off an impressive Week 1, it's no surprise that the veteran back's first carry came early in the first quarter. Battle was vaulted into the secondary by excellent blocking, before he ran right over Danieal Manning for a first down. The only surprise was that Battle didn't see another carry until a fourth and one play to start the second quarter, a play that he failed to convert as he was hit in the backfield. Battle is very much a situational runner who only touches the ball when Johnson needs a breather or in short-yardage situations.
Week 3 - Battle didn't feature much for the Titans as they relied heavily on Chris Johnson. His first carry came at the goalline when he was stopped for no gain. Battle took the next carry to start the following drive as the Titans were backed up in their own red zone. Battle for a long time has been a big back who rarely punished defenders, this season he has done that repeatedly for the Texans. On this play, he ran right over Eric Weddle to extend his run into the secondary. Battle's next carry came late in the third quarter, as he stumbled with the ball to limit his gain. The Titans gave it right back to him as he pushed his way up the middle for a short gain.
Week 4 - Battle was barely used in the first half but came in for Johnson often in the second as the Titans played with a big lead. His numbers suggest that he played much better than Johnson, but those numbers are warped by one big 20 yard run late in the fourth quarter when the Jets were overaggressive on defense. Battle was able to escape outside left tackle when the Titans pulled offensive linemen from the other side, but he showed very little explosion in the open field. Battle is playing well this season, but don't expect him to take over Johnson's starting role any time soon.
Week 5 - Johnson was the focus of the offense early on before Battle came in for the first third and short of the game. Battle couldn't get much push at the line of scrimmage, which resulted in fourth down. Battle came in again to start a drive in the second quarter, but again he was stopped at the line of scrimmage. Battle stayed in for that drive and with his third carry of the game, he broke free. Battle was sent running off left tackle before he made an excellent cut to escape down the sideline for a huge gain. A Delanie Walker completion preceded Battle's first carry at the goalline. Battle was stopped at the line again by the Chiefs' defensive interior. The Titans went back to Battle on fourth down after two failed throws, but he failed to get into the endzone again despite peeling off the first hit and fighting through multiple bodies. Battle's big reception came in the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided.
Week 7 - Battle's first involvement on offense came on third and 15 late in the first quarter. He caught a screen pass for seven yards out of the backfield.
Week 17 - Battle spent some time on the field early in this game, but he mostly served as a pass-blocker. His one run went for 16 yards in the third quarter, but that run came on third and 18 when the defense was set up to stop the pass.