(9 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 28 yards)
Greene had what amounted to his debut for the Titans against the Rams on Sunday. He carried the rock with purpose, grinding out a couple third-and-shorts, and creating a couple of very nice down-field runs, eluding defenders and running over terrified safeties. He also had a nice catch and run down the sideline for almost 30 yards. If Greene can stay healthy and keep the one-two punch up with CJ, this running game will get where it needs to go, and be closer to the level we all expected coming into this season. He still has a way to go in earning his contract.
Pollard lacked any splash plays against the Rams, partially due to the soft coverage the defense played almost the entire first half. That said, he was a driving force against the run and made some hard hits on running backs. Where the defensive line and linebackers struggled to stop the run, Titans fans should be thankful to have a thumper on the back-end like Pollard to clean up any miscues. Pollard has been playing the best football of his career in Two-Toned blue, so Titans fans have to be happy with his impact and low cap number.
Levitre played an excellent game overall. While the ends (especially on the right against Otto) managed to harry Locker early and often, Levitre was a solid force in the interior and posted his most complete performance as a Titan. His stellar run blocking sprung CJ and Greene on some big runs throughout the game, and he deserves plaudits for picking up his level of play and helping get this run game going finally. He will need to keep it up alongside the rookies Schwenke and Warmack, to make sure this rushing attack stays potent down the stretch. Hopefully, this marks the beginning of Titans fans and coaches alike seeing some return on the big investment.
Wilson filled in for an injured Griffin, and it was not all that pretty. More than once the vet tried to jump underneath routes while passes sailed over his head, most notably on the Rams' final drive of the day. That said, he didn't make any real egregious errors beyond that, and his ability to step in and play at FS can't be understated. Apparently a lot of the soft coverages stemmed from this position, in that Wilson only knew the basics of FS and they were not able to run the more aggressive schemes. If that is the case, I would rather have had Stafford out there. You know it's a weird year on MCM when we are upset that Griffin is out of the lineup, so we should be ecstatic when he returns against the Jags this week.
Johnson has been a very underrated part of this Defensive Line so far this year. He has made plenty of plays and quietly made this DT group one of the league's deepest. I was skeptical of this addition to the roster, late as it was, but he has been a pleasant surprise.
(2 catches, 13 yards)
Walker has been a great addition so far; being almost the opposite of Jared Cook. Walker has shown some great blocking ability in the run game, and has some great chemistry with Locker. Can't be upset that he leads the team in TD catches.
Jackie Battle(1 return, 26 yards)
Some don't like Battle, but he has still been an asset for this team. Not many backs could step in like he did earlier this year with Greene out. Webster got plenty out of him on the cheap.
Pitoitua is probably my favorite addition of the offseason. Like Pollard, he is playing his best football yet, and has been solid against both the run and pass. I hope Webster and co. lock him down for the future as he has been a quality find thus far.
I expected a lot more out of Hill, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. So far, he is looking like one of Webster's first real FA busts.
(IR) GRADE: F
(NONE) GRADE: D-