Tennessee Titans rookie running back Tyjae Spears was outstanding throughout the regular-season finale victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Spears rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown via three carries, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. A dual-threat back, Spears added three receptions for 41 yards and another touchdown to his offensive totals. It was the first multi-score game of Spears’ career as he recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career.
Spears scored Tennessee’s opening touchdown when Ryan Tannehill threw a swing pass his way behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-6. Spears evaded several would-be tacklers in the backfield before scampering for a 28-yard touchdown. Spears’ elusive abilities in the open field were on full display.
Spears later extended Tennessee’s first-half lead to 21-10 with his second touchdown, a three-yard run on second-and-goal. It qualified as somewhat surprising that Spears, not Henry, got the call at the goal line. It signals how much faith Tennessee’s coaching staff possesses in Spears.
Spears earned a season-high elite grade of 90.3 versus the Jaguars from Pro Football Focus. Spears gained nine yards after contact on three rushing attempts, averaging three yards after contact per carry. As a receiver, Spears averaged a season-high 4.10 yards per route run. On the season, Spears forced a missed tackle on 34.9% of his touches, ranking second in the league among all running backs with 100+ touches, per James Foster.
Derrick Henry put forth a classic performance against the Jags, rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown. Henry, whose contract is expiring, said an emotional goodbye to Titans fans at Nissan Stadium in case he doesn’t re-sign with the team this offseason. The Titans have a difficult decision to make regarding Henry’s future. If The King doesn’t return, Spears offered a glimpse into the future by indicating he’s capable of shouldering the load.