The Tennessee Titans are going to have a few unhappy running backs heading into the season and they will need to do some convincing to get their backs on board with a running back by committee approach or else risk a volatile locker room whenever one of the backs is not receiving their carries. It was just two days ago that Chris Johnson spoke out and said he did not understand the signing of free agent Shonne Greene, and now his back up, Javon Ringer, is speaking out against the signing of the former New York Jets rusher.
Ringer is upset that the Titans went out and signed Greene, rather than giving him a shot at relieving Johnson of some carries. He states that he has nothing against Greene personally, but feels he has done enough to earn a shot.
“I am happy for Shonn because I know him from playing in the Big Ten, and he’s a good guy. He’s a good running back,” Ringer said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But when they got him I said, ‘Dang, they had some guys who never got a chance to play, so why are they adding someone like that?’
“All this talk about them needing another running back to help C.J., it kind of made me upset. I’m like, ‘Man, they had some good running backs behind C.J., and they just never really got a chance.’ And because we were not able to play, it made it look like C.J. didn’t have any help. C.J. had some help, but they never used it. It’s frustrating.”
Ringer has shown flashes of potential, but he has ever received an extended workload. In his four year NFL career, he is averaging just 30 carries a season and he has found the endzone only three times.
He is ready for his chance to prove himself and he’s beginning to understand that opportunity may never came in Tennessee.
“I feel like I am a good running back. I just wasn’t able to give it a real good shot in Tennessee, but I do feel like the opportunities I got I was able to produce,” Ringer said. “I was backing up one of the NFL’s best running backs. Now I just want a shot, a fair opportunity, and hopefully I can get that somewhere else.
“So many teams have their No. 1 running back, but you always see the other running back come in and get a chance. But in Tennessee I never really had a chance to play, and that’s the truth.”
Hopefully Ringer is able to find a situation that can make him happy, but we all know that won’t be in Tennessee.