Tennessee Titans Key Positional Battles - Running Back
If you're just tuning in, everyday this week I will be writing a different piece with my predictions on who makes the team and where they will fall on the charts for each position.
I left off with the quarterback position yesterday, and moving down the chart, next up is a very exciting position for the Titans. Today, we will look at the running backs.
Over the past decade, the Titans were all about one thing: Running the ball, and they sure know how to pick the right players to do so. Since 1996, the Titans have had a total of ten players run the ball for 1000 yards or more in a season, so its quite obvious the style of play they like to use on offense.
As the 2009 season approaches us, there are four names that pop out at me when I look at the Titans' depth; Chris Johnson, LenDale White, Chris Henry and Javon Ringer.
Let's start off with the obvious. Chris Johnson will be the 2009 starting running back. The second-year player out of East Carolina put up astonishing numbers as a rookie in 2008, picking up 1,228 yards off of 251 carries with 9 touchdowns.
Jeff Fisher would be nuts to not start the speedy running back this year. Though I could talk hours about Johnson and his abilities on the field, I will move on to the less obvious.
I feel the Titans have some decisions to make regarding the rest of the players: What to do with LenDale White and Chris Henry. White's contract is due up at the end of this season and with Johnson's rookie season success, they need to think long and hard about his future.
Though the staff loves having a "smash and dash" threat with White and Johnson, they can realistically have a great combo set with either rookie Javon Ringer or third-year back Chris Henry.
I think we can see one of two things before the start of this season. There is no point in keeping three running backs on the roster that can start for any any team in the league.
There are a few teams in need of a steady No.1 guy. I think we will see either a trade involving White or Henry.
Heading into the draft, there were numerous talks involving trading Henry and a draft choice to Arizona for Anquan Boldin. I also saw reports that White may have been involved in a similar trade.
This past April, the Titans used their first-round selection on wide receiver Kenny Britt. Although I still love dreaming about seeing Boldin playing in Titans blue, it is more likely that if a trade were to go down, we will get some draft picks for next years draft.
Besides, we already traded away our second round pick in next years draft, so getting some more picks for either White or Henry wouldn't be such a bad idea.
If no trade occurs, this is how I feel the final depth chart will look:
1. Chris Johnson
2. LenDale White
3. Chris Henry
4. Javon Ringer
Cut: Rafael Little, Rodney Ferguson
Special Teams: Quinton Ganther
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