There are speculations that Titans might be headed to the market for a much-needed running back. Due to salary cap, DeMarco Murray is among the casualties with over $6 million. That means Derrick Henry is the Titan's lead back player but can he fit the Matt LaFleurs (new offensive coordinator) zone blocking scheme? Well, if the Titan want to take that route, they'll have endless choices to pick from. However, this will see lots of competition. Some of the Tennessee Titans players who were very impressive in the running back position last season include Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley.
Royce Freeman (Oregon back) revealed that his future looks brighter like many others because of playing very well at the running back and he's so appreciative for that. Others who went off early this year include Todd Gurley, Derrick Guice and Leonard (Fournette). They displayed very impressive talent at the running back by providing great skills in the offense. If Titans decide to go for a running back they're likely to look for a skilled versatile pass catcher. Their new coach Mike Vrabel indicated that they're emphasizing on screen game when looking at the offense and that's why they want to see Marcus Mariota healthy. He's a hot and dangerous back when it comes to check down and will definitely help Titans.
Nick Chubb (Georgia running back) told reporters during the NFL Combine that he want to show the scouts his skills of catching the ball after a performance averaging 6 yards last season. Another player hoping to grab the attention of the head coach Vrabel is John Kelly (Tennessee back) after catching 37 passes in 2017 season, which he believes it gives him an edge. He definitely showed his versatility at the backfield and can bring the much-needed spark on the third down. Another player who might be on Titans' list is Auburn's Kerryon Johnson although he's also eying for a position in Nashville due to his brother Kerron star (basketball player) who plays for Belmont.
Johnson recently said that he likes the idea of putting on two-tone blue and has only been to two NFL stadiums and one of them is Titans. He loved to watch music city bowl sometimes back at this stadium and he would go crazy. Johnson hopes to play in the future at the Nissan stadium when the right time comes. Justin Jackson is yet another leading rusher who plays for Wildcats that Titans are watching closely after seeing his performance at the Music City Bowl where Wildcats thrashed Kentucky. Jackson welcomes the idea of being part of Titans future plans and that's good news for the team. Justin Jackson is a leading rusher at the Northwesterns who can bring in fresh talent at the Titans.
Recently, Jackson visited the Titans practice complex and was impressed by what he saw. He believes it would be great to play there due to great atmosphere and great field. And, with all the above choices, Titans can choose a skilled running back to help them fill the recent gap at the running back position.
Before former Titans’ RB DeMarco Murray arrives in Detroit later today, former Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart is scheduled to visit first today with the Lions, per source. Detroit looking for RB help.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2018