ProToppers: Antonio Andrews promoted to 53-man roster


A few weeks ago, I argued Antonio Andrews deserved a spot on the 53-man roster for the Tennessee Titans. It looks like someone read what I wrote (okay, probably not, but let me have my 15 minutes here), as Andrews announced this morning on Twitter  the team activated him for Sunday’s upcoming game against division rival Houston:

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According to Titan beat writer Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, The Buffalo Bills offered Andrews an active roster spot, but Andrews wanted to stay in Tennessee. The Titans (2-5, 3rd AFC South) had an open spot on the 53-man roster, and used it on the running back to avoid losing him.

Andrews, now the sixth former Hillopper on an NFL team’s active roster this season, will join a squad with five other rushers — Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington and Jackie Battle. However, Greene has missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and McCluster and Washington have disappointed in the return game, so there’s an opportunity for Andrews to make an impact right away.

At WKU, Andrews rushed for 3,674 yards and scored 29 rushing touchdowns in his career. He also had 382 punt return yards, including one return for a touchdown, and 1,780 kickoff return yards. Through seven games, the Titans rank 17th in rushing yards per game, 31st in punt return average, and 26th in kickoff return average. The team also ranks last in third down conversion. Andrews will look to help the Titans improve those numbers, while hopefully turning their season around.

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