One name you’re likely hear with increasing frequency throughout the offseason is that of Javon Ringer.
Ringer, the Titans’ fifth-round pick in 2009, is second on the depth chart behind Chris Johnson, who we’re presuming isn’t going to end his contract stalemate anytime soon. That puts Ringer directly in line as the first person to benefit from Johnson’s absence, seeing increased reps in minicamps and OTAs.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Tuesday Ringer has had a “real good” offseason, and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger recently told John Glennon of The Tennessean that Ringer has improved on his pass protection, typically the most difficult area for young running backs to learn.
“I think this has been really good for Javon,’’ Heimderdinger said. ”Javon had like his redshirt year (as a rookie). He carried the ball a lot of times in college. His running ability is really good.
“(But) this has been really good for him to learn the passing game, and if there’s one thing Javon was behind on last year, it was the passing game and protection. That took a little time and he didn’t have much background in that and what they did up there (at Michigan State). So this has been good for him to learn what we want from him and the protections and all that.”
So there’s one thing for you Titans fans to get excited about this offseason. Another name to keep an eye on is LeGarrette Blount, one of the players we’re following in On The Fringe this year who could push for a role behind (eventually) Johnson.