Jared Cook and Craig Stevens: The New Smash and Dash in Tennessee
A few years back, in 2008, the Tennessee Titans had one of the best backfields in football. With a fearsome duo of LenDale White, a bruiser, and Chris Johnson, a speedy back, the Titans were able to dominate the rushing game and finished with a 13-3 record.
The combination of Johnson and White was nicknamed "Smash and Dash".
Smash was White, who would bowl through the middle of the line and pick up tough yardage.
After White had loosened up the defense, Johnson, who was Dash, would come in and run around the banged-up defenders for long gains.
Sadly, the duo is no longer together. Johnson is now an elite feature back and White is no longer with the team.
Now there may be a new "Smash and Dash" in town.
Jared Cook and Craig Stevens are the Titans' top two tight ends and have complimentary styles, not unlike Johnson and White.
Stevens is a hard-nosed player whether blocking or running with the ball. He can punish defenders and open up holes in the run game.
Cook, on the other hand, is a speed guy. With wide receiver-like abilities and the size to play tight end, Cook has one of the highest ceilings of any NFL player.
When combined, these two will make a dynamic duo. Since Cook is a sub-par run blocker, Stevens can be used when the team wants to run the ball, and Cook can stretch the field, making the defenders play further off the line of scrimmage, allowing Stevens to make underneath catches and making his job in the blocking game easier.
Although this talented tandem may not be as flashy as the original "Smash and Dash", they can still be a huge factor for the Titans this year and for the years to come.
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