This article was originally published at 11:30 a.m. CT on August 26th. It has since been updated with new information.
UPDATE: The Titans have officially announced the signing of running back Jeremy McNichols and with it, the team has released a pair of 2020 undrafted free agents: running back Cameron Scarlett and linebacker Khaylan Kearse-Thomas.
Tom Pelissero of NFL.com is reporting that former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols is signing with the Titans.
McNichols of course spent last training camp with the Titans. After a fairly productive preseason, he didn’t make the final roster and spent the 2019 season with the Chicago Bears.
Dalyn Dawkins, who made last year’s initial 53-man roster over McNichols, was waived last week as the team signed Marcus Marshall, a second-year back who spent last year on Kansas City’s practice squad.
Behind Derrick Henry, the Titans currently have third-round rookie Darrynton Evans, second-year fullback Khari Blasingame, Senorise Perry,
Cameron Scarlett, and Marshall.
McNichols overlapped with Jon Robinson in Tampa Bay during the 2017 season. Robinson, as the Director of Player Personnel, was undoubtedly involved in the Bucs’ decision to draft McNichols in the fifth round.
He could stand a real chance to make the team given the lack of experienced depth behind Henry. Or perhaps the Titans are doing their due diligence and preparation in the event that a COVID outbreak forces one or more running backs, or special teamers, to miss time. McNichols did have a role on special teams last preseason, in addition to his role as a runner.
Another way that Robinson continues to add competition to the back end of the roster.