Titans seek versatility from their running backs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans no longer have Chris Johnson as a threat in their backfield.

Rather than relying on one weapon in their backfield to be the focal point of the running game, the Titans believe more options could mean more production.

Tennessee parted ways with Johnson last month instead of paying his $8 million base salary for 2014. Johnson, who had played for the Titans his entire six-year career, eventually signed with the New York Jets. Johnson, a 2,000-yard rusher in 2009, averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in 2013 while running for 1,077 yards.

No matter who lines up in the backfield — whether it is Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle, Leon Washington or a rookie — that player will be expected to contribute in a variety of ways.

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