The Titans have made it no secret that adding a quality running back to help out Chris Johnson is one of their top priorities this offseason. In a conversation with Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio last week, head coach Mike Munchak expanded on exactly what he is looking for and what he wants to do with Johnson next season.
"I think we are going to have to add a different type of runner there," Munchak said. "We had our most success, I think, when Chris came into the league with LenDale White. We need a downhill guy, a heavy guy. We thought that (Javon) Ringer did a lot of that for us, he was a good zone runner, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. He's a free agent. So, we're going to have to look at that to kind of help CJ's career, too.
"We don't want to overuse (Johnson), and we have to use him a little better, maybe, catching some more balls out of the backfield, maybe more screens. He'll get as many touches, but maybe do it in different ways."
Florio then throws out Peyton Hillis as a possible option for what the Titans want.
The issue here from a fantasy perspective is that the Titans seem content with giving those valuable short-yardage carries to someone other than Johnson. However, history tells us that doesn't mean Johnson's TD total will hit the floor. White scored 15 times when he was partnered with CJ in 2008. However, Johnson still scored 10 total touchdowns that year. Considering what he has done the past two seasons, Johnson's fantasy owners will take something close to 10 touchdowns right away if it can be guaranteed. But for that to happen, the Titans need to upgrade their offensive line and hope it stays healthy. Johnson knows this. If the Titans can get their O-line back to 2008-2009 standards, it won't matter if the team brings in a vulture back; CJ will still get into the end zone plenty.