Tennessee Titans player, Jeremy McNichols, put on an impressive during the preseason. When the Titans squared off against the New England Patriots, McNichols literally defied gravity.
The running back is not a permanent member of the roster yet, but is trying hard to make it onto the Tennessee Titans’ roster. Looking at Saturday night’s performance though, he has certainly made a strong case for himself with a catch, run, and flip to find pay dirt.
He caught a pass from backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill but nearly got stopped short of the end zone. Fortunately, the former fifth-round pick completed the 15-yard scoring play with a sick flip to hand the Titans a glimmer of hope.
Jeremy McNichols TOOK OFF 😳
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) August 18, 2019
Interestingly, this is not the first time similar tactics were employed by the Tennessee Titans. Their NFL quarterback, Marcus Mariota was the first Titans players to produce the acrobatic act in Preseason Week 2.
Earlier in the game, McNichols nearly pulled off a 33-yard touchdown run with a beautiful cutback run. Unfortunately, his chances were scuppered when the play was called back due to a holding penalty. This flip play could have been his second touchdown of the evening.
After a solid showing in a Preseason Week 1 game in which McNichols totalled eight carries for 44 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and led the Titans in rushing, he’s off to another hot start in Week 2.
— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2019
These two games are nothing new for McNichols impressing, as he’s been doing so all training camp long.
If the Titans decide to carry four running backs, McNichols is doing everything to secure his spot. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Tennessee will do so at this point, and the No. 3 RB spot will almost certainly belong to David Fluellen, barring injury.
— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2019
Fluellen isn’t playing tonight and has missed a ton of time, so the door is at least cracked for the McNichols. If healthy, Fluellen is a lock to make the roster, as he put on weight during the offseason in order to play some fullback in 2019.
With that said, McNichols could be auditioning for another team, as he’s played well enough to land on another roster if he doesn’t make the Titans’ 53-man squad.
Sadly for the Tennessee Titans, Jeremy McNichols’ insane flip went in vain as they lost 17-22 to the New England Patriots.
“I felt like I was in the air for 10 minutes,” McNichols said. “I didn’t know if I’d scored until I heard the crowd. My teammates were like: ‘Good job, good job.”
Other reactions from the NFL world included his own teammate, A.J. Brown, who was in awe.
“Hat’s off to those guys for leaping and stuff,” a grinning A.J. Brown. “That was pretty crazy. But I’m going to stay on the ground.”
The Titans will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason game No.3 next Sunday at Nissan Stadium.