Titans Will Continue to MuHammer Opponents
Despite possessing a great one-two punch at running back, the Titans selected Khalfani Muhammad (5’9” 170) from Cal in the 7th round (pick #241) of the NFL draft. Don’t be swayed by his slight stature, he is more similar to big-bodied DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry than his physical attributes suggest.
How? Muhammad is a decisive, one-cut, North/South runner with power who uses lateral agility (& speed) to effectively pick his way through traffic. Sound familiar? It should. Don’t believe someone his size can lay the wood? Watch some tape and you’ll begin to wonder why Khalfani’s last name isn’t Muhammer.
His running style combines elements of two of the NFL’s All-Time greats – Walter Peyton and Marcus Allen. Relax. He is neither and will not likely obtain their levels of success, but he has the same Peyton “Die Hard” attitude (seeks contact & delivers blows) and understands angles (slides off contact & always falls forward) like Allen. Of all the film that was viewed, not once was he stood up or propelled backward – The kid took a HUGE wallop against Texas (fumbled-not good) and kept advancing onward while the defender crumbled to the ground at his feet.
Muhammer (making this nickname sticks) is fast (4.35, 40 speed), has good balance & toughness (bounces off tackles & keeps his legs churning), explodes through holes, runs effectively between the tackles, doesn’t shy from contact, provides versatility as a pass catcher & returner (ranks 3rd at Cal in all-purpose yards with 4,575) and is a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Not very quick or shifty (good lateral movement, however), small (dependability concerns), occasional loss of concentration (drops some easy catches), needs space & momentum (won’t move the pile when nothing is there) and his aggressive approach may negatively affect his health at the next level.
Tennessee’s decision to add a change of pace back to the roster was a smart move. Smarter still, they accomplished the goal while maintaining their core smash mouth philosophy as Muhammad is both fast AND physical. Remember how “The Flea” (Dexter McCluster) used to zip around at full speed only to get swatted to the ground like he was weightless? Muhammer will take the battle to defenders and make them earn every tackle. Sound familiar?
Despite an immediate future consisting of limited opportunities, thanks to a talented & versatile group of running backs ahead of him, Muhammad could carve out a nice role with the Titans. What’s that saying? Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight…How bout a Muhammer? Khalfani should provide the Titans with an interesting little weapon.