After one of the most exciting and significant off-seasons in Tennessee Titans’ history, training camp is finally around the corner. Between positional competitions, coaching changes, and several new pieces, there are a number of interesting storylines that all Titans fans should keep an eye on this summer. The plan is took examine a new one each day until camp arrives.
Today, we will look at Jalston Fowler’s potential role in the offense. When he was drafted, a lot of people questioned why the team would draft a fullback in the fourth round, especially in the modern NFL, where a lot of teams do not carry fullbacks. While the team may have been able to hold off and draft him later, it is clear that they were very high on Fowler, and it was a risk that they were not willing to take. Running backs coach Sylvester Croom, who coached Fowler at the Senior Bowl, was especially high on him.
Selecting Jalston Fowler with so much conviction tells me that the Titans already have set plans for him. He is a very versatile player, so he will be moved around a lot, and could be the new "Swiss Army Knife," especially with Delanie Walker’s emergence at tight end. Fowler can get a couple of carries per game, throw some crushing blocks, and catch the ball out of the backfield. When he was drafted, the name that came to my mind was Kyle Juszczyk from the Baltimore Ravens. Depending on how big of plans the team has for him, he may be able to leap Juszczyk at some point.
Fowler also seems like a player that is going to be a solid contributor on special teams. Once you get to the fourth round range, most of the rookies have to be in order to see the field. He was a contributor on special teams at Alabama, and his versatility and power scream "special teams ace." After the past couple of seasons, the importance of good special teams play should not even have to be mentioned.
The only thing that worries me about adding on a versatile player that the team has "big plans" for, is the fact the we all just went down this road with Dexter McCluster. We probably will not know until the regular season whether these plans will actually come to fruition, but practices and preseason games should at least give us somewhat of an idea. At the very least, Fowler can be a solid role player on the roster. While it’s easy to only look at the starting 22, the reality is that the overall depth of a 53 man roster is what will make the difference. Hopefully, Fowler can be a feature player in the offense, but regardless, the Titans simply added a good football player in him. We'll see what's in store.