RB David Cobb - Free Agent
|5-11, 229||Born: 6-3-1993||College: Minnesota||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
2015 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
David Cobb's debut was predictably quiet. He didn't play much before Dexter McCluster went out injured and didn't play much after that point either. Cobb should be more involved moving forward but likely only as a complement to Andrews.
2015 Week 12 vs OAK (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After his quiet debut last week, Cobb was expected to play more in Dexter McCluster's role this week. Cobb wasn't given many opportunities to make an impact. His handful of carries were well defended by the Raiders so he didn't get much space to work in. Mariota checked down to him in the fourth quarter with an opportunity in the passing game, but he watched the ball slide through his hands in the rain. Cobb's lack of touches reflects a contradition from the coaching staff. They have spoken consistently about protecting Mariota, but put the whole offense on his shoulders in this game with running backs available.
2015 Week 13 vs JAX (13 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Titans gave David Cobb the bulk of the carries early on in the game, but he and Antonio Andrews rotated in and out throughout. Cobb was primarily directed off either tackle in the hope of putting him into space. He was able to do that on a couple of occasions, with one eight-yard run when he was given the edge and accelerated inside past a defender for eight yards standing out in particular. Although Cobb showed flashes, it was clear that he was the inferior back to Andrews who continues to be an impressive all-around player..
2015 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 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. Cobb didn't get many carries as he dropped behind Dexter McCluster in the running back pecking order.
2015 Week 15 vs NE (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Titans clearly want to put David Cobb in space by using outside runs, but at this point their offense isn't built to do that for the rookie running back. Cobb was the backup to Andrews who got the bulk of the carries in this game. He couldn't make much of an impression as he was consistently crowded out at the line of scrimmage.
2015 Week 16 vs HOU (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
It was another uninspiring game for David Cobb running behind an offensive line that was too often overwhelmed. Cobb got a greater share of the opportunities because of Antonio Andrews' fumble early in the game, but the Titans rarely ran the ball so he still didn't get enough touches to prove his ability to be more than just a complementary piece. His longest carry of the game was his first as he found a hole on the right side of the line and ran through it quickly for a nine-yard gain.
2015 Week 17 vs IND (19 / 73 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This wasn't the best game to measure David Cobb against his teammates on the Titans roster. The Titans offensive line was able to get consistent push and create running lanes against the Colts front, something it hasn't done all season long for the team's other backs. Cobb did show up well to take advantage of the opportunities he was given though. He comfortably changed direction after recognizing where the space was going to be while also showing off an impressive burst of acceleration to advance onto the second level. Although he wasn't running over defenders he was able to break arm tackles in tight spaces to extend plays downfield.