Shonn Greene needs Titans running out of base sets to get his touches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) missed the Titans win over Jacksonville and loss at Washington, then played only two snaps against Houston.

That meant an increased workload for rookie runner Bishop Sankey. Unfortunately for Sankey, he didn’t turn the extra opportunity into a guarantee of a bigger share once Greene is all the way back.

In those three games Sankey carried 43 times for 152 yards, a 3.5-yard average. In the four games when both Sankey and Greene were part of the team's running back committee, Sankey averaged 4.7 yards a carry.

Sankey said he recharged during the bye and his legs feel fresh.

“I want to be more consistent as a running back,” he said. “I want to have more explosive runs and really just continue better pass protecting and obviously become more productive as the weeks go by."

As for Greene, coach Ken Whisenhunt said to expect more of him when the Titans go two-back or two-tight, not when they are in three wide.

“There are going to be some games where we go multiple receivers because it’s better to run the ball out of that set plus it’s better matchups for us," he said. "And in those games, he’s going to get less carries because he’s not as big a part of that package.”

Whisenhunt hopes the Titans are running well out of base sets, which will create chances for Greene.

The Titans have been in three-wide for 70 percent of their plays this year. Exactly half of their 184 rush attempts have come out of that personnel. Greene’s been the ball carrier on just seven of those 92 plays.