David Cobb could further complicate division of carries for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Antonio Andrews’ tough running Sunday against Atlanta enhanced his fan-favorite status.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the effort will earn Andrews more chances.

But all indications are that the Titans remain set on using packages that limit the potential for any running back to get a high percentage of the carries.

Andrews missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring issue. Of the team’s 151 rushing attempts, Bishop Sankey has 39, Andrews has 38 and Dexter McCluster has 35.

Fifth-round rookie David Cobb hopes to make it even harder for Whisenhunt to sort out how to distribute carries.

Cobb went on injured reserve-designated to return before the season with a calf injury, and the Titans opened his practice window last week. Wednesday he said he took a full load as the scout team running back.

He’s eligible to play as early as Nov. 8 at New Orleans, but said it wont be easy to get carries if he's cleared and activated.

“It’ll be tough, definitely when you’ve got Tone and Dex playing the way they are playing now,” Cobb said. “That just brings a level of competition to the room. Those guys know I am coming back; they know I want to play, too. It makes everyone compete every day.”

Cobb hopes to bring a spark. As difficult a time as he might have breaking in, he can make it even harder for Sankey to get work.

Sankey got a dozen carries in each of the Titans' first two games, then five, seven, three and zero. He said he has the trust of the coaches and needs to build on it and keep working at practice to earn more touches.

Andrews, meanwhile, said the more the merrier in the running back meeting room.

Andrews, an undrafted back out of Western Kentucky in 2014, is filling the big-back role Cobb was drafted to fill. Andrews is 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds; Cobb is 5-11, 229.

“We’ll see how it goes when he comes back,” Andrews said.

Cobb was playing well before he got hurt in the preseason. I'm still hoping a Titans back breaks through to get a higher percentage of the carries, and believe that Cobb could be a guy who forces it to happen.