It is Week 16 and the Tennessee Titans now lay claim to the NFL’s best offense, at least, statistically. Sunday’s win not only marked the 10th win of the Titans’ 2020 season, but with a 46-point offensive outing, it marks the fifth consecutive game Tennessee has scored at least thirty points.
While the usual suspects of Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis continue to shine, the Titans added an additional piece to the well-oiled machine that is their offense.
Last Sunday, Titans rookie Darrynton Evans saw his first action since being placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the team’s 42-16 Week 4 beatdown of the Buffalo Bills. Evans did some spot work in the game giving Derrick Henry a rest at times before featuring as the main back on the Titans’ final two drives of the contest.
During his time on the field, Evans reminded Titans fans why the team took the Appalachian State playmaker in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Evans not only handled himself well on the ground, toting the ball eight times for 30 yards, but also demonstrated his difference-making ability in the passing game.
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— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 20, 2020
Evans caught two passes, one for 24 yards and the other coming in the team’s last drive in the form of a three-yard touchdown for the rookie’s first career NFL touchdown.
Despite only logging 13 snaps, Evans still managed to perform well on 10 touches – both career highs.
Does not look like 2000-yard chasing and stat padding is in plans for Derrick Henry.
Darrynton Evans set season-highs in snaps (13) and touches (10) yesterday. Got four carries plus one target inside the 5-yard line in 4th quarter.
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) December 21, 2020
Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is well known for being able to maximize his players’ strengths to take advantage of defensive mismatches. Smith did so once again by lining up Evans against less shifty linebackers to find an edge in the passing attack.
Although Titans fans only got to see a small dosage of Evans, the versatility he brings to an already high-powered Titans offense is enough to keep a defense on its toes. The explosive and cut-on-a-dime ability that Evans was drafted for clearly translates to the NFL game.
It was really great to see Darrynton Evans get back on the field this week. They’re just scratching the surface with what they can do with him.
Here are a couple things I liked. First is motion into slot for an empty set. They’ll get mismatches with him on LBs if they want them. pic.twitter.com/eBWgf0Hils
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) December 21, 2020
As the season grows older and Henry’s work load mounts, Evans’ availability has the potential to do wonders for the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense. Christmas came early for Arthur Smith.
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