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Tennessee Titans: How Jackie Battle Could End Up Changing the Offense

September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jackie Battle (44) runs for a short gain during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Chad MintonCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2013

There are always players who come out of nowhere to have an impact on a season, and Jackie Battle could very well end up being that guy for the 2013 Tennessee Titans.

With that said, he's not going to impact this team by rushing for 1,000 yard and making a Pro Bowl.

However, what he can do is end up being a weapon that the Titans will be able to turn to when tough yards are needed in tight situations.

Even though it was just the preseason, you have to admit that the third-and-16 conversion for Battle that turned into a touchdown was pretty impressive.

Longtime voice of the Titans, Mike Keith, has Jackie battle as one of his five most impressive players in training camp so far, noting his downhill running mentality.

Just think about what Battle did against the Titans in Week 2 of last season. He came in for an injured Ryan Mathews and had a very productive game when the Titans probably thought they were going to have an advantage stopping the run.

Now obviously, the Titans rush defense was pretty terrible last season, but Battle has done this to other teams in the past as well.

The Titans have already made it quite clear, according to a report from NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling that they want to return to being a run-oriented team, and do a much better job of controlling the time of possession.

The bulk of the load is still going to go to Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene. That's not to say that Battle won't see his fair share of meaningful touches judging by the flow of the game.

Just like Greene, Battle is yet another body that can come in and pick up a couple meaningful yards to hold onto the football.

Depth will not be a problem for the Titans in 2013 at running back, and there shouldn't be a lack of that "ground and pound" mentality that the Titans used to be known for with Eddie George, among others.

Battle's recent surge into the picture as the third running back is bad news for both Jalen Parmele and Darius Reynaud.

Parmele hasn't really raised any eyebrows this training camp, and Reynaud is looking more like his value is limited simply to being a return guy.

That might not be enough if Marc Mariani keeps coming on strong, and he is a fan favorite.

This battle for the No. 3 running back is far from over, and expect to see plenty of these guys over the final three preseason games.

If the decision had to be made today, then Battle would have to land a spot on this roster. As long as he keeps banging out tough yards and catching the attention of coaches, he'll be a guy you see on occasion in the regular season.

At this point, it has to be Battle's job to lose going forward. With the style that the Titans want to play this season, don't expect the veteran to lose to any of the other guys competing for that spot.

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