Titans officially add Ringer to backfield

Dumb and Dumber have a third wheel.

The Titans agreed to terms Tuesday with their fifth-round pick, running back Javon Ringer.

Ringer will add depth as a rookie behind Chris Johnson and LenDale White, formerly known as “Smash and Dash.”

A huge star at Michigan State, Ringer was worked hard throughout his college career.  It appeared to catch up with him when he averaged 2.9 yards-per-carry in the final four games of his senior season.

Ringer lacks ideal pro size and speed, but the Titans have reportedly been impressed with his toughness over the summer.

He looks like a good bet to make the Titans over former second round pick Chris Henry.

LenDale White is a free agent at the end of the 2009 season and Ringer has many of the same qualities as a player.  (Hopefully they have different eating patterns.)

If the Titans aren’t able to retain White in 2010, it’s easy to imagine Ringer taking over many of White’s short-yardage carries. 

The Titans have only two unsigned draft picks remaining.

UPDATE: PFT’s Aaron Wilson is reporting that Javon Ringer’s four-year rookie contract included a signing bonus of nearly $150,000 for a total base value of $1.9 million, according to a league source. The deal includes a fourth-year escalator clause of $1.308 million or equal to the low tender, which could boost the total maximum value of the deal to $2.643 million.

6 responses to “Titans officially add Ringer to backfield

  1. 4 games isn’t exactly a large body of work to predict. However, I think it there were more factors limiting his production. For one, he had 390 carries in 2008, his previous high was 245 in 2007. So he already had 55 more carries than he’s ever had in his life before the 4 game stretch started. Also, teams probably started loading up in the box by the end of the season as it was obvious the gameplan was give Ringer the ball. One of the games was Georgia in the Bowl, but that’s an overmatched big ten team vs. the SEC, the 2.4 yard average doesn’t count. Another was Penn State who was top 10 in all of college football against the run (he had 2.5 average in that game). Another was Wisconsin who is like 40th against the run, and the difference between the 40th and 3oth is a handful of yards a game. So basically in the top quarter of against the run. The other team was Purdue, who sucked and he had 3.8 yards vs. them in 32 carries.

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