RB Antonio Andrews - Free Agent
|5-10, 225||Born: 10-15-1991||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: ---|
2015 Week 3 vs IND (12 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
In an unexpected turn of events, Antonio Andrews came in on the first drive when the Titans were looking to pass the ball on third down. Andrews showed why that was unexpected when he dropped a wide open pass underneath that would have been a first down. The Colts appeared intent on using Andrews as a receiver in this game. He caught a well-executed screen pass for a first down during the second quarter. He soon followed that up with a long touchdown run that was negated by a holding penalty. Andrews only had to wait until early in the third quarter to atone for that missed opportunity. The running back took the ball outside his left tackle in the redzone before breaking a tackle to run in for the touchdown.
2015 Week 5 vs BUF (7 / 9 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Andrews didn't start the game, Bishop Sankey did, but he stood out more than any other running back on the field. Andrews is an aggressive runner with good power and a relatively low center of gravity. It is not a surprise that he is the team's goal line back, but his involvement in the passing game is unexpected. In this game, he made one big play on a screen pass but maybe more significant was his reception out wide on a curl route. He didn't line up in the backfield on that play, he lined up as a receiver and ran a route. Andrews' adding multiple receptions to his short touchdown run is maximising his value regardless of the Titans' committee approach to his position.
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Andrews was the primary runner for the Titans, but the Dolphins front was able to consistently get the better of the Titans offensive line so he rarely had space to function in. Andrews' value is likely to be reliant on scoring touchdowns in short-yardage situations, but Dexter McCluster's short touchdown reception muddies those waters. Even as the most valuable back in Tennessee, Andrews is unlikely to offer consistent production.
2015 Week 7 vs ATL (10 / 57 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dexter McCluster got the start and the first carry of the game, but it was Andrews who made the early impression. Andrews had two big runs between the tackles during the first quarter and continued to run hard with the touches he did get throughout the game. Andrews isn't especially elusive, but he understands how to find space and shows off good, compact strength when approaching potential tacklers.
2015 Week 8 vs HOU (16 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Titans have firmly moved Antonio Andrews into the majority share of the touches at the running back position. He has assumed Bishop Sankey's touches and opened this game with a nine-yard carry. Andrews was consistently showing off power through contact and some elusiveness in space, but his offensive line wasn't giving him many opportunities to be productive. Without Marcus Mariota to hold backside defenders on runs from the shotgun, the Titans incorporated more under center runs where the team's limitations upfront hindered the running game as a whole. A huge percentage of Andrews' yards came on a sweep play to the outside in the third quarter when he broke multiple tackles before running down the sideline for roughly a 30-yard gain.
2015 Week 9 vs NO (19 / 88 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Any concerns of Antonio Andrews ceding control of the backfield in the first game of interim head coach Mike Mularkey's tenure were quickly put to rest. Andrews carried the ball early and often on Sunday, handling 19 of the team's 28 total rushing attempts on the day. He helped move the chains at a decent clip, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and had one explosive play to his credit. In the second quarter, the Titans faced 1st and 10 from the Titans 46-yard line. Andrews was able to take a handoff from Marcus Mariota and advance past the right tackle to extend the play for 38 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Saints 16-yard line. The Titans were able to cap that drive off with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to Delanie Walker. Andrews seems to be in firm control of the Titans backfield, regardless of who is manning the sidelines.
2015 Week 10 vs CAR (11 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Titans initially appeared reluctant to give the ball to Andrews. They came out passing on their first drive, with a botched handoff to Dexter McCluster acting as the only rushing attempt. To begin the second drive, Andrews got a delayed handoff before McCluster took a pitch outside for a loss. Andrews eventually got a more traditional handoff and ran aggressively into the second level of the defense for a five yard gain. That was essentially the story of Andrews' game. When the Titans simply handed the ball off to him at speed, he had opportunities to gain positive yards. When they attempted to outsmart the Panthers run defense, it put Andrews in tougher situations.
2015 Week 11 vs JAX (15 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Titans still don't appear to be completely sure of how to best use Antonio Andrews. In this game he was too often given delayed handoffs that don't suit his downhill, aggressive running style. The young back has been showing consistency and quality against contact all season long and this game proved to be the same. His production was largely limited until the third quarter, when he broke off a 26-yard run by showing patience and following his blocking through the middle of the Jaguars defense. The Jaguars have one of the best run defenses in the NFL and the Titans offensive line is mush. Andrews earned all the yards he gained in this game. It was an impressive all-around display.
2015 Week 12 vs OAK (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, the Titans didn't give the running game many opportunities in this game. Antonio Andrews would have been expecting a big workload considering the struggles of the Raiders run defense this year, but he had to wait until the third quarter to escape on to the second level. He gained 13 yards on a run outside of left tackle when he showed off impressive acceleration in space. That didn't spark the running game, as Andrews continued to run into brick walls when given opportunities. He then dropped a pass in the flat before catching an impressive pass over the middle of the field for a first down on 3rd-and-11.
2015 Week 13 vs JAX (13 / 58 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Antonio Andrews will have felt aggrieved at the beginning of this game. The Titans made David Cobb the focal point of the running game early on, so when Andrews got his second carry, it was no surprise that he broke a tackle or two after being sprung into the secondary for a 22-yard gain. Even though Cobb was showing some flashes of his ability, Andrews still stood out more as the game developed. He added another big play on a passing play when he broke a tackle underneath to escape downfield before running in a touchdown from the one-yard line before the end of the half. The young back added another big run to start the third quarter when he found space on a cutback lane before running forward for 15 yards. He almost capped off the day with a second touchdown, but couldn't finish off the final drive despite getting two carries at the goal line.
2015 Week 14 vs NYJ (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It wasn't a day for any of the Titans running backs to be productive on the ground. Predictably, the Jets defensive line was able to completely dominate the Titans offensive line so all of the Titans backs were looking to break through a wall whenever they got the ball. Andrews did find another way to contribute though. He surprised the Jets (and everyone watching) by throwing a touchdown pass to Marcus Mariota in the third quarter on a trick play.
2015 Week 15 vs NE (14 / 45 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
It was another long day for Antonio Andrews running behind the Titans offensive line. As he has all season long, Andrews ran hard and fought his way through contact consistently, but more often than not he was crowded at or hit behind the line of scrimmage. Andrews did add five receptions, but his gains were limited by the speed of the Patriots' second-level defenders. The most significant plays of the game for the running back came in short-yardage situations, where he struggled to convert two carries between the tackles. He showed poor patience on both occasions, running into his own blockers.
2015 Week 16 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Andrews hasn't had fumble issues in the NFL, but that hasn't bought him any favor with this Titans coaching staff. After his first fumble on his second carry, he was sidelined for a long time. He saw a pass in the third quarter, but let the defender take the ball away from him for an interception. It was Andrews' worst game of the season by a long distance.
2015 Week 17 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
After losing time last week for fumbling, Antonio Andrews didn't get a chance to redeem himself in Week 17. The Titans didn't give him a carry, instead pushing the bulk of the carries onto rookie David Cobb. He did have two receptions but both were limited to minimal gains.
2014 Week 17 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back saw time on the field ahead of fellow rookie Bishop Sankey in this game. Andrews did very little to make an impression, but it was significant that Sankey wasn't seeing much time while he worked behind Shonn Greene.