Tyjae Spears

Tyjae Spears

22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Spears' rookie season might not have drawn headlines but was a clear success overall. He was as good of a runner as expected (453 yards and two touchdowns on 100 carries) and finished third on the team in both catches (52) and targets (70). The 2023 third-round pick was phenomenal at Tulane, where he ran for 1,581 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 229 carries (6.9 YPC) his senior season, hinting at reason to expect more than 450 yards on his next 100 carries in the NFL. Spears already showed the ability to shine through when the Titans offense struggled in 2023, so he won't necessarily be ruined if the new-look offense built around QB Will Levis and head coach Brian Callahan doesn't pan out. Tony Pollard is the bigger limiting factor for Spears' fantasy projection, with Tennessee adding the former Dallas running back on a three-year, $21.75 million deal. It's not clear how the Titans intend to split the workload between their two talented backs, but it's probably fair to say neither is built to last as a true workhorse. Both are comfortable catching passes and explosive running in space, but they're also thin by RB standards, with Pollard listed at 6-0, 209, and Spears at 5-10, 200. The split could be something close to 50-50, with Spears perhaps trading some of last year's targets for carries now that he's sharing a backfield with Pollard instead of Derrick Henry. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $5.49 million contract with the Titans in May of 2023.
Faces new competition in Pollard
RBTennessee Titans
March 12, 2024
Spears faces a new backfield situation that's set to add Tony Pollard via a three-year, $24 million contract, while Derek Henry remains slated for free agency, Eric Edholm of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Spears, a 2023 third-round pick, is coming off a strong rookie season in which he compiled 838 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns, showcasing versatility and explosiveness despite only getting one chance to handle double-digit carries in a game. The Titans' decision to sign Pollard appears to simultaneously signal the end of Henry's era with the team. Spears could have an easier path to genuinely competing for touches with Pollard, whereas Henry was firmly entrenched as a true lead back, and both players profile similarly. Spears and Pollard are each versatile and elusive runners, which will allow Tennessee's offense to swap both players off the field relatively freely. Spears and Pollard look the part of a solid 1-2 punch, though for fantasy purposes it's possible they could both limit each other from attaining a true workhorse workload.
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How do Tyjae Spears' 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
18.0%
 
Positive Run %
83.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
2.0%
 
Touches Per Game
8.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
28.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.4%
 
% Team Targets
14.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.3%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.0
 
% Targeted On Route
23.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.30
 
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2023 Tyjae Spears Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tyjae Spears' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.47 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
'Interchangeable' with Pollard
RBTennessee Titans
April 12, 2024
New Titans offensive coordinator Ben Holz recently confirmed he agreed with the assessment that Spears and new backfield mate Tony Pollard are interchangeable within the scheme of his system, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Holz's feeling stems from the fact he sees Pollard's and Spears' skill sets as very similar, which he plans to use to his advantage next season by keeping defenses guessing with respect to what plays might be run when each is in the game. Spears shared the Titans backfield with a much different type of back in Derrick Henry during the former's 2023 rookie campaign, and he did so very effectively while averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 100 rush attempts and adding a 52-385-1 line through the air.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
No one questions the running skill of Spears, who routinely made defenders look foolish as he raced to 2,910 yards and 31 touchdowns (6.8 YPC) in his 33-game career at Tulane. The question is whether Spears has the athletic tools necessary for his skill to manifest at the pro level. A 2023 third-round pick, Spears is not fast (4.54 pro day 40) despite a light frame (5-11, 201), so he might find in the NFL that his methods don't work as well as they did at the collegiate level. Not just that, but Spears is reportedly missing the ACL and cartilage entirely in one of his knees. At his size, Spears' body might hold him back. If he survives, though, he should win the backup role behind Derrick Henry, competing mostly with 2022 fourth-round pick Hassan Haskins.
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Two scores to end rookie season
RBTennessee Titans
January 8, 2024
Spears rushed the ball three times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-20 win over the Jaguars. He added three receptions (on three targets) for 31 yards and another score.
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Struggles on six carries
RBTennessee Titans
December 31, 2023
Spears ran for zero yards on six carries and caught four passes for 29 yards on six targets in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Texans.
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Earns 14 touches in Week 16
RBTennessee Titans
December 24, 2023
Spears notched nine carries for 40 yards and five catches (on six targets) for 27 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Seahawks.
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Held to 37 total yards
RBTennessee Titans
December 17, 2023
Spears rushed the ball nine times for 30 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to Houston. He added one catch on one target for seven yards.
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Tops 100 total yards again
RBTennessee Titans
December 11, 2023
Spears rushed the ball seven times for 29 yards in Monday's 28-27 win over Miami. He added six receptions on eight targets for 89 yards.
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