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Titans' playing time: Dexter McCluster invisible

The Tennessee Titans gave running back Dexter McCluster a three-year, $9 million contract to be a versatile player in an offense the team said would be known for its versatility.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said from the start that some guys would have a lot more opportunity some weeks and a lot less in others.

But the Titans were down to three wide receivers against the Giants Sunday, and they considered McCluster the fourth guy in the group as he’s played the position before and they think he’s a good receiving back.

Game situations and packages and, most of all, Whisenhunt dictated that McCluster played a grand total of five snaps Sunday, 8.6 percent of the team’s 58 offensive plays.

That’s the fifth time this season a guy brought in to be a bit of an X-factor has played fewer than 10 snaps.

Overall, he’s played 27 percent of the offense's plays this season.

Here's a look at playing time for the Titans against the Giants:

Offense, 58 snaps

LT Will Svitek, 58

LG Andy Levitre, 58

C Chris Spencer, 58

RG Chance Warmack, 58

WR Nate Washington, 57

TE Delanie Walker, 56

WR Derek Hagan, 52

WR Kris Durham, 47

RT Terren Jones, 42

QB Zach Mettenberger, 41

RB Leon Washington, 32

RB Bishop Sankey, 24

QB Jake Locker, 17

RT Byron Stingily, 16

TE Brett Brackett, 8

RB Dexter McCluster, 5

TE Chase Coffman, 3

FB Jackie Battle, 2

RB Antonio Andrews, 2

FB Karl Klug, 1

G Eric Olsen, 1

Defense, 74 snaps

S Michael Griffin, 74

ILB Avery Williamson, 74

S George Wilson, 74

CB Jason McCourty, 72

OLB Derrick Morgan, 72

CB Coty Sensabaugh, 70

DL Jurrell Casey, 66

ILB Wesley Woodyard, 47

DT Sammie Hill, 45

CB Marqueston Huff, 40

OLB Quentin Groves, 32

DE Karl Klug, 28

OLB Dontay Moch, 27

DE Ropati Pitoitua, 27

CB Brandon Harris, 24

DE Mike Martin, 20

DL Al Woods, 11

CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, 6

SS Daimion Stafford, 3

ILB Zaviar Gooden, 2

Huff led special-teamers by playing 21 snaps, 68 percent of the special-teams work.