With Titans running back Chris Johnson sitting out all offseason practices due to displeasure with his contract, Javon Ringer is benefiting. He’s seen the vast majority of first-team reps.
“I think this has been really good for Javon,” Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger told the Nashville Tennessean. “Javon had like his redshirt year [as a rookie]. He carried the ball a lot of times in college. His running ability is really good.
“[But] this has been really good for him to learn the passing game, and if there’s one thing Javon was behind on last year, it was the passing game and protection. That took a little time and he didn’t have much background in that and what they did up there [at Michigan State]. So this has been good for him to learn what we want from him and the protections and all that.”
A fifth-round pick in 2009, Ringer sat behind Johnson and LenDale White last season, getting just eight carries. He left Michigan State as the Spartans’ second all-time leading rusher and first in all-purpose yards.
Ringer did catch 63 passes between his junior and senior seasons, but the Spartans’ offense rarely relied on Ringer to pick up blitzes. If Johnson holds out of training camp, Ringer will get some quality on-the-job training as a pass protector in full-contact practices.