Former Tennessee Titans running back David Cobb is making the rounds, and should find a team soon unless he happens to be blowing any or all of the multiple workouts he’s taken and will take.
Cobb has already worked out for both the New York Jets and New England Patriots, and on Tuesday will take a workout with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
A fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cobb had a disappointing rookie season. He spent the first half of the year on injured reserve and didn’t look good carrying the football once he returned, posting a 2.8 yards-per-carry average with just 146 yards on 52 carries.
He appeared in seven games, with one start. The Titans dramatically overhauled their running back situation this offseason, trading for DeMarco Murray while drafting Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. On top of that, they already had Bishop Sankey, another high draft pick, and Dexter McCluster.
Cobb would definitely have been drafted higher than the fifth round in any other draft. After the position cooled in recent years, the 2015 draft was one of the strongest in a long time at the position and Cobb was considered among those late-round steals who could be a feature back in the NFL.
Whether or not he will reach that point is still to be determined. With each of the three teams showing interest in him, they offer different situations.
The Steelers, for instance, would like some insurance against DeAngelo Williams, who is getting up there in years but is the primary runner while Le’Veon Bell serves another suspension. The Steelers also brought in Karlos Williams last week.
New York, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily have a consistent player at the front of the depth chart after Chris Ivory departed this offseason. They brought in Matt Forte, but injuries have hampered him in recent years. Bilal Powell would be the next-best guy after Forte, so there is room to grow there for Cobb.
The Patriots are lacking a consistent backup running back, outside of LaGarrette Blount. Cobb would fit the bill and potentially be able to take over as the starter down the line, as the Patriots have lacked a consistent feature back over the years. Some extra help while Tom Brady serves a four-game suspension wouldn’t hurt, either.
Cobb had a highly successful college career with Minnesota, putting up over 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season.