Ringer at the ready if CJ never shows
Javon Ringer has been getting the first-team reps in the absence of Chris Johnson, and the Titans coaches like the way he has responded. That said, I’m not sure anyone in the organization, including Ringer, is ready for him to be the No. 1 guy this season, especially when you consider Johnson is the most explosive player in the league.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Javon+Ringer&iid=6011612″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/6011612/tampa-bay-buccaneers/tampa-bay-buccaneers.jpg?size=500&imageId=6011612″ width=”200″ height=”268″ /]But there are reasons to be excited about Ringer’s future, too. Titans fans will remember how surprisingly good he was last preseason. “There’s a reason we drafted him,” fullback Ahmard Hall said.
Check out this piece I did on Ringer for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. It ran in Friday, July 2 editions. You’ll really want to pay close attention to the quotes from Titans strength coach Steve Watterson. They’ll blow you away. Do the math on how much Ringer can squat.
The Titans have a likeable, coachable player in Ringer with the potential to become a good NFL running back. Even if Johnson returns on time, there’s a role for his backup. C.J. doesn’t need 358 carries again.
Ringer is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he’s making strides in his ability to pick up blitzes and make sure he takes care of his quarterback. As running backs coach Kennedy Pola said, “You need two guys at that position in this league. Those guys take a pounding.”