Starting here, it will be good for the Titans to get both Evans and Murchison back on Sunday. We haven’t seen Evans since he suffered an injury in the first quarter of the first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Evans will likely handle kick return duties with Chester Rogers being ruled OUT of this contest. Other than that, it will be interesting to see what role (if any) Evans plays on offense. The Titans drafted him to serve as a change-of-pace to Derrick Henry, and to be the third down back in obvious passing situations. Jeremy McNichols has been playing extremely well in that role, so it wouldn’t surprise us if Evans was eased into the offense. He has some work to do if he hopes to overtake McNichols.
Murchison was quietly playing well before landing on injured reserve. He’ll provide good depth on the back end of the defensive line rotation. It will also be interesting to monitor how the coaching staff handles Murchison’s return, because both Amani Bledsoe and Naquan Jones have played some quality football in recent weeks.
Wyatt and the team had some more news to pass along.
Kinsey is a fan favorite. His call up has generated quite a bit of buzz on social media. The former Berry standout will be in the mix to return kicks and/or punts. Kinsey could also see some snaps in the slot in Rogers’ absence, but we’ll likely see more Nick Westbrook and Marcus Johnson.
Chris Jones has a chance to play significant snaps at cornerback on Sunday. Many forget that Jones initially made the 53-man roster. The coaching staff was pleased with him throughout training camp and the preseason. The secondary is incredibly banged up. We expect Jackrabbit Jenkins and Chris Jackson to start on the outside. Breon Borders will get in the mix outside and Elijah Molden will dominate reps at the nickel. Greg Mabin and Jones are the next guys up.
Additionally, the Titans released running back Mekhi Sargent. A fan favorite who captured the hearts of the fan base in July and August, we are sad to see him go, but it made sense with Evans returning to the fold. We fully expect general manager Jon Robinson to attempt to add Sargent to the practice squad in a few days time.
As always, stay tuned to MCM for updates.