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Titans spent a lot of time with running back John Kelly at Tennessee’s Pro Day

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Could be nothing, but it’s worth noting.

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Coming into the offseason, running back was near the top of the Titans’ needs list. The DeMarco Murray cut was inevitable as Jon Robinson flips the Titans’ backfield into a new era.

The signing of Dion Lewis certainly knocked the need to draft a running back down a few notches, but a third back is still going to be needed. The odds of Jon Robinson drafting one on day three still remains a pretty good possibility.

One of the most popular options for this fanbase will be John Kelly, who played his college ball just two hours down I-40 in Knoxville. According to Jesse Simonton of, the Titans spend a lot of time with Kelly at the Tennessee pro day.

Jon Robinson was in attendance, getting a firsthand look at Kelly and a couple of other prospects from Tennessee. But Kelly certainly makes the most sense for the Titans.

Kelly was tied for the team lead in receptions last year, despite missing a game due to suspension. His angry running style and vicious stiff-arms made him a fan favorite in Knoxville. I took a deeper look at his game earlier this year here.

The Titans rolled with a two back attack last year with David Fluellen serving as the reserve guy, but they could stand an upgrade. They were pretty fortunate that injuries didn’t play a bigger role in their 2017 backfield. We saw that depth issue finally become a problem in the playoffs.

This running back class is extremely deep, as we’ve noted several times before. You’re going to be able to find contributors on day three — whether it’s John Kelly or someone else.