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Start by saying that Chris Johnson will not miss any games, so the training camp battle, no matter when CJ shows up, will be for the back-up role- and it should be a really interesting one to watch.
Javon Ringer is the incumbent. He gets a lot of love from Titans fans but has yet to prove that he can be a serviceable NFL running back. That isn't his fault. He just hasn't been given the chances. So while it is natural to think that he has the early lead, don't be surprised at all if he isn't the back-up when the season opens.
LeGarrette Blount seems to be the perfect change of pace to CJ. He is 6-2 246 and is a tough runner. He could be even better than LenDale White was in the short yardage role, but I still have a feeling that he isn't going to be as good as a lot of people think he is. Everyone says that he would have been a first round pick had he not punched a guy last year. Maybe that is true, but how many guys do we see with character issues fall a few picks or a few rounds but still get drafted? It is really hard for me to believe that it was just the punch that made him fall all the way out of the draft. I hope he is as good as everyone thinks he will be. Time will tell.
The other guy that is going to make a push for that spot is Stafon Johnson. Johnson's stock was obviously hurt by the weight lifting accident he suffered last year. He put up some nice numbers in college, but he isn't really an option in short yardage situations at 5-10 210.
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