Player of the game: RB Mekhi Sargent
There were a lot of ways I could have gone with this one. Sam Ficken continues to look like the Titans’ kicker of the present and future. Matt Barkley took a giant step towards becoming a realistic QB2 option. And the Titans’ defense, in general, continues to pummel their opponents.
However, I’m going with someone who may not have been seriously considered for a roster spot at the start of camp but is now someone who no longer can be ignored.
Mekhi Sargent dragging tacklers @Titans | #TENvsTB pic.twitter.com/rkSEun0mQz
— NFL (@NFL) August 22, 2021
For the second straight week, running back Mekhi Sargent led the team in rushing yards and seemed to be the only running back who could make up for the offensive line incompetence.
His ability to make plays despite his lackluster run blocking was evident throughout the game. Sargent led the way with 4.9 yards per run, for comparison, Jeremy McNichols averaged -1.8 yards per carry on the night.
Sargent has given himself a legitimate chance of playing himself into a roster spot. These next two weeks will be crucial for him but if he continues to play like he did tonight, he undoubtedly will be pushing Darrynton Evans for that coveted RB2 spot.
Sargent finished the game with 16 carries for 78 yards and he also added one five-yard catch for a touchdown.
Beautiful play action from @MattBarkley to Mekhi Sargent. #TENvsTB
: Watch on @WKRN pic.twitter.com/hRYogukUZf
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 22, 2021
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