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Dexter McCluster | Running Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 170
College: Mississippi
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Dexter McCluster (foot) is probable for Week 3 against the Bengals.
McCluster should see anywhere from 5-10 touches as the Titans' change-of-pace back, but he's nothing more than a RB4 in a mix-and-match backfield. Sep 19 - 1:19 PM

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Dexter McCluster (foot) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

The Titans' change-of-pace back is now on track to play against the Bengals. He's an RB4 for fantasy purposes. You should be able to do better.
Sep 18 - 3:23 PM

Dexter McCluster (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a good sign that McCluster is practicing, but his Week 3 status remains uncertain. If McCluster misses time, it would create an opportunity for rookie Bishop Sankey to get an expanded role.
Sep 17 - 3:01 PM

Dexter McCluster left the locker room Sunday with his right foot in a walking boot.

We didn't notice any injury to McCluster during the loss to the Cowboys as he played on 34-of-51 snaps and got five touches. Perhaps the boot is precautionary.
Sep 15 - 8:13 AM

Dexter McCluster rushed four times for 30 yards in the Titans' Week 2 loss to the Cowboys, adding a nine-yard reception.

McCluster was the third Titans' runner to get a carry behind Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey, but the primary change-of-pace back ahead of Sankey, who was given only two touches. McCluster offers a nice real-life changeup for the Titans, but won't be nearly consistent enough to be relied on in fantasy leagues. He's waiver-wire fodder in 12-teamers.
Sep 14 - 5:49 PM

Dexter McCluster said his weekly carry count could range anywhere from two to 20.

McCluster is exaggerating some here, but his point is that the Titans running backs don't even know how much they'll be used each week. In Week 1, starting two-down back Shonn Greene led the way with 15 carries and 32 snaps, while McCluster was next with nine carries on 19 snaps. Leon Washington added 18 snaps and Bishop Sankey got 10. "It's just kind of all how the game unfolds. It's how the game comes," McCluster said. The committee approach here keeps ceilings capped even in a dream matchup like Sunday's with the Cowboys.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 11 - 10:43 AM

Dexter McCluster rushed nine times for 29 yards and caught a 17-yard pass in the Titans' Week 1 win over Kansas City.

The Titans used a frustrating four-back rotation, as Shonn Greene led the way with 15 touches, Bishop Sankey saw six (all in the second half), McCluster handled 10, and Leon Washington vultured four. Targeted just twice in the passing game, McCluster is a capped-upside RB5 in both PPR and non-PPR leagues.
Sep 7 - 5:35 PM

Dexter McCluster rushed three times for eight yards and caught one pass for eight yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

Interestingly, the Titans used Leon Washington as their primary third-down back in the first half. McCluster saw just one snap until a drive late in the first half in which Jake Locker executed a four-minute drill nicely. He ended up playing on nine of 26 first-half snaps, and has seven carries for 27 yards and three catches for 26 yards so far this preseason. We're not bullish on McCluster's chances of carving out effectiveness as a poor man's Danny Woodhead in Ken Whisenhunt's offense.
Aug 23 - 10:14 PM

Dexter McCluster operated as the No. 2 running back in Tennessee's preseason opener against the Packers.

McCluster worked with the second team ahead of Bishop Sankey, rushing for 19 yards on three carries. He also played over Shonn Greene on third downs. McCluster is being tried out in the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but remains unlikely to come into fantasy value.
Aug 9 - 9:44 PM

The Nashville Tennessean confirms the Titans plan to use Dexter McCluster at running back.

New coach Ken Whisenhunt is looking to form a committee around power back Shonn Greene and passing back McCluster. He's also expected to use a draft pick, possibly No. 42 overall, on a running back. McCluster hasn't been a ball-carrier since 2011 and is listed at just 5'8/170, but he can be penciled into a Danny Woodhead or Darren Sproles kind of role. How much volume McCluster gets will depend on effectiveness.
Apr 7 - 10:00 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he sees newly signed Dexter McCluster as more of a running back than wide receiver.

The 5'8/170 McCluster last played running back in 2011, when he carried 114 times for 516 yards (4.52 YPC) with one touchdown. It looks like Whiz indeed wants McCluster to be his new Danny Woodhead, who rushed 106 times and caught 76 passes for the Chargers last season. "It could vary week to week," Whisenhunt said of McCluster's role. "As long as he makes a lot of plays he is going to get a lot of touches."
Mar 13 - 12:43 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky projects Dexter McCluster to fill the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense.

Woodhead was Whiz's passing back in San Diego, erupting for 76 catches, 429 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns last season. We'd be surprised if McCluster had the same success. He's 30 pounds lighter than Woodhead and is more of a slot receiver than a check-down option in the passing game. Even though he's played running back before, McCluster is a poor bet to get 106 carries like Woodhead did.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 12 - 8:08 AM

Titans agreed to terms with WR/PR Dexter McCluster, formerly of the Chiefs, on a three-year contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $12 million, and includes $4.5 million guaranteed. It's surprising that McCluster was the Titans' first order of business, as receiver is one of the few places they have depth. Either way, McCluster is a nifty No. 3/4 pass catcher, and a game-breaker on special teams. Although he's coming off a career year as a wideout, returns are where he'll make his impact in Nashville.
Mar 11 - 4:18 PM

The Kansas City Star reports free agent Dexter McCluster will not be re-signing with the Chiefs, and has "4-5 suitors."

Per reporter Terez A. Paylor, McCluster is expected to have a new home by Tuesday evening. McCluster is coming off a career season, but the Chiefs are wise not to overpay. He's a gadget player who's most effective on special teams.
Mar 10 - 3:44 PM

The Chiefs are expected to "make an effort" to re-sign free agent WR/PR Dexter McCluster.

McCluster had a career year both on returns and offense under Andy Reid, who has liked him since McCluster came out for the 2010 draft. McCluster is unlikely to command a large sum of money in free agency, and the Chiefs have plenty of cap. A three-year, $8-9 million deal would make sense for both sides.
Jan 11 - 3:35 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jake Locker
2Charlie Whitehurst
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3Dexter McCluster
4Leon Washington
GLB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2Bishop Sankey
FB1Jackie Battle
WR11Kendall Wright
2Derek Hagan
3T.J. Graham
WR21Nate Washington
2Justin Hunter
3Kris Durham
WR31Justin Hunter
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Taylor Thompson
K1Ryan Succop