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Starter: Shonn Greene
Backups: Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
It's tough to call this race when you're considering that the Titans will be employing a running back committee. Who will get the lead number of carries each week will be a fluid situation.
For the sake of naming a starter, I have to put Greene on top of the list. He has a proven track record and has shown this preseason that he's fully healthy. Who knows what kind of season Greene could have manufactured if he remained healthy through the duration of last season.
Greene has what it takes to be the main guy.
With that said, Sankey will still have his fingerprints all over the running game. He has a great opportunity to be Offensive Rookie of the Year. If he catches fire early on, then it will be no problem to put him ahead of Greene as the lead ball-carrier. Until I see him prove it in regular-season action, I can't put him ahead of Greene.
McCluster makes this even more confusing, but he's still technically a running back. Who knows how many carries he'll actually average per game, but my guess is less than 10. There could be a few games where the flow of the game dictates him getting the most carries.
Rounding out the group will be Washington, who will rarely see any work outside of being a kick returner. Injuries are the only way we'll see Washington get double-digit carries this season.
It will be tough, but I don't see undrafted free agent Antonio Andrews making the final cut.