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Titans want another back who can “carry the load”

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Running back Chris Johnson isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean the Titans are done thinking about running backs this offseason.

Running backs coach Sylvester Croom said Monday that the team wants to have a second back capable of carrying a heavy load as part of their offense this year. Johnson carried the ball on 276 of the Titans’ 378 rushing attempts during the 2012 season and no other back had more than 19, a heavy workload in this age of running back rotations. Croom explained that he doesn’t want to diminish Johnson’s role as much as expand the potential return from the running game.

“I truly believe if you’re serious about running the football, you’ve got to have two guys actually both able to carry the load during the season,” Croom said during an interview with Paul Kuharsky on 104.5 The Zone, via ESPN.com. “If you’re going to really run, I’m talking 30-plus times a game, there aren’t many that can do that for 16 games anymore, their bodies can’t take it.”

Jamie Harper was the back with 19 carries and free agent-to-be Javon Ringer is the only other tailback on the roster, so we’d guess that the Titans will be looking for Croom’s guy outside the organization. There won’t be any shortage of options in what’s increasingly become a buyer’s market for running backs in recent years.

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8 Responses to “Titans want another back who can “carry the load””
  1. 13pbworld says: Feb 11, 2013 4:35 PM

    Bring on Michael ‘the Burner’ Turner!

  2. platt22 says: Feb 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    Reggie bush and CJ together would be fun to watch for sure!

  3. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Marcus Lattimore (hailed as the best college back coming into last season) could be an easy get for the Titans for the same reasons Willis McGahee was. His rehab has been fast-tracked and if he comes back as anticipated he’d be the toughest back the Titans have had since Eddie George.

  4. sdchicken says: Feb 11, 2013 5:39 PM

    Maybe they should think about getting a few O-Line guys that can actually block somebody first. CJ gets hit in the backfield on the handoff 6 times a game and Locker got sacked/hit every other play.

  5. maritime85 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:05 PM

    bradshaw would toughen cj up

  6. paychrisjohnson28 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:51 PM

    Micheal “Burner” Turner or Reggie Bush or any veteran would come at a relatively low cost to any team, with the emphasis on the pass in today’s game… Go Titans Go !

  7. trevor123698 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:24 PM

    he is right. even with a back like CJ you still need another guy behind him

  8. boerboel75 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:39 AM

    I think Peyton Hillis would be the perfect back to compliment cj. We need a big back to get the tough yards

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