Tennessee Titans running back David Cobb will get work with the first team in the preseason, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Saturday, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN. Whisenhunt said that Cobb deserves it, and that he just needed to get in shape before getting the opportunity. It’s hard to argue with the fact that he deserves it after an impressive showing in the preseason opener on Friday.
Starter Bishop Sankey carried the ball eight times, but only managed 15 yards, a per-carry average of 1.9 yards. Cobb had 11 carries, and managed 53 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Of course, Cobb was going against a defense that was primarily made up of second- and third-string players, while Sankey played against the bulk of Atlanta’s starters. Still, Cobb is one of the more exciting running backs to come out of this year’s draft.
The Dallas Cowboys are set to work out Ben Malena, Michael Hill and Zach Bauman, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. All three players are running backs, the position Dallas needs help at the most. The Cowboys had DeMarco Murray last season, but when he left in free agency the team signed Darren McFadden, who promptly got injured.
While the Cowboys still need to figure out who will be the starter, one of Malena, Hill or Bauman would provide some much-needed depth for the preseason.
DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
As the saying goes, the Dallas Cowboys got the yards out of Murray last year, and this year the Eagles will pay for the carries. Murray touched the ball a hair under 500 times last year, a daunting number for any running back, let alone a running back who never saw 16 games in a season before 2014. On top of that, the Eagles don’t have Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles around as window dressing; they’ll be involved. Murray’s touches are sure to go down this year, and don’t be surprised if his effectiveness drops as well.