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Joe Rexrode with The Athletic is stating that although the Titans viewed Darrynton Evans as an afterthought last season, he should see an increased role as a change of pace back in 2021. Rexrode pegged Evans as the Titans' breakout candidate.
Evans played just five games through an injury-plagued rookie campaign as Derrick Henry rumbled his way to a 2,027-rushing yard season. Now, heading into his second year, Evans is healthy and expected to take on a change of pace role alongside his 27-year-old superstar teammate. Henry saw a career-high 31 targets last year, but that was mainly due to lack of competition in the backfield. Evans has been spotted at camp taking reps with the wide receivers and could help spell Henry as he heads into his sixth season. Including playoffs, Henry has an obscene 782 carries over the last two years. No other running back in the league has seen more than 600 over that stretch. With Titans' offensive coordinator Arthur Smith leaving Tennessee and Julio Jones joining the team, this could be a very different Titans squad than what we've seen in the recent past. Currently ranked as the RB61 according to our Expert Consensus rankings, involvement in the passing game could make Evans more than just a handcuff. He is a decent late-round target in fantasy drafts.
Titans running back Darrynton Evans worked with the wide receivers during individual OTA drills on Thursday, according to team reporter Jim Wyatt. Evans reportedly "looked good doing so, whether it was on the ladder drill or catching passes coming out of his break." Titans head coach Mike Vrabel mentioned that Evans has impressed him with his versatility, adding that the team was trying "to get him some cross training work."
It's worth noting that Evans did not solely line up as a receiver but rather split time out wide and in the backfield. ("He looked quick on his runs into space," per Wyatt.) Spending time working as a receiver isn't uncommon for running backs during OTAs, so it may not lead to much. However, it could also represent a path to a clear pass-catching role for Evans. Such a role would make sense given Derrick Henry isn't a terrific pass-catcher. The jury is still out on the Appalachian State product, but he's worth rostering in dynasty leagues as both a handcuff and deep receiving weapon.
Darrynton Evans carried one time for one yard in a playoff matchup on Sunday as the Titans lost to the Ravens by a 20-13 score.
Evans rarely sees the field on offense with Derrick Henry holding a near-monopoly on the touches out of Tennessee's backfield. The rookie running back will once again be in a backup role in 2021 and will unlikely have any fantasy value.
Darrynton Evans rushed one time for three yards and failed to catch his two targets on Sunday as the Titans lost to the Packers by a 40-14 score in Week 16 action.
With the Titans falling behind the Packers early on Sunday they went away from the run and Evans was not part of the game plan. The rookie running back should see more playing time in Week 17 when the team faces the struggling Texans in a must-win game.
Darrynton Evans rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught both his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown on Sunday as the Titans defeated the Lions by a 46-25 score in Week 15 action.
Evans has been out since Week 5 after hurting his hamstring against the Bills. The rookie running back has looked good in limited action but is stuck behind workhorse Derrick Henry in the Titans offense and will struggle to see the ball.
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