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Titans sign Jalen Parmele, release Jamie Harper

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The Titans signed Shonn Greene earlier this offseason to be Chris Johnson’s second in the backfield and now they’ve shuffled up the next rung of the running back depth chart. 

John Glennon of the Tennessean reports that the Titans have signed Jalen Parmelee and released Jamie Harper. Parmelee, who worked out for the team last week, was pressed into action because of injuries in the Jacksonville backfield last season and finished the year with 40 carries for 143 yards. He only has seven other carries across 24 other games, all with the Ravens, and has seen a fair amount of work on special teams.

With Greene set in the number two role, that special teams experience is likely something they’ll value in a third back. 

Harper was a fourth-round pick in 2011 and the team frequently talked him up as a more bruising counterpart for Chris Johnson. That talk amounted to 36 carries over his two years with the team, although the 74 yards Harper gained with those carries didn’t do much to recommend a more extensive workload. 

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6 Responses to “Titans sign Jalen Parmele, release Jamie Harper”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: May 8, 2013 2:13 PM

    This is what you’d call “churning the bottom of the roster.” Parmelee hasn’t ever shown that the can hit the hole, get outside or shake a tackle. Richard Murphy outplayed him late last season.

  2. jprcox says: May 8, 2013 2:25 PM

    The paperwork alone for this move doesn’t make sense. Titians get an inexperienced 3rd back and release an inexperienced 3rd back. I would hope management was working on things other than 3rd round backs.

  3. dpeterson75 says: May 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    Did you even read the article? Yes they basically just switched the 3rd back on the depth chart but in doing so they switched one who plays special teams for one who didn’t (Harper)

  4. kluuuuuuuuug says: May 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    Exactly… if you’re the 3rd RB you had better contribute on ST’s. Harper could barely fall forward two yards let alone cover kicks/punts. Not even 100% this guy makes the team anyhow.

  5. titansbro says: May 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    I would hope mgmt is looking at all things, including 3rd string RBs.

  6. fourthandafoot says: May 9, 2013 3:39 AM

    Jamie Harper was a terrible waste of a draft pick. I think I had rated just under 400 overall. I’m surprised he lasted so long in the NFL.

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