Titans running back Javon Ringer was drafted in 2009, the year Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards, which means there was never any chance of Ringer competing for a starting job. And in Ringer’s three seasons in Tennessee, Johnson has never missed a game, which means Ringer has never had an opportunity to be a No. 1 back.
But he’s hoping that opportunity is coming soon.
Ringer told the Detroit Free Press that with one more year on his rookie contract, he’s already thinking about the options he might have to become a starter somewhere else.
“Sooner or later, I hope to get a legitimate chance to prove myself,” Ringer said. “This is my contract year, so I’m hoping and praying for the best.”
As long as Johnson is healthy, Ringer’s chances to prove himself will be limited in Tennessee. And when he does get opportunities in Tennessee, he’ll need to do more to take advantage of them than he did last year, when he averaged just 3.1 yards an attempt, with 185 yards on 59 carries. So far Ringer hasn’t done anything to make any other team interested in paying him like a starter when he becomes a free agent next year.