The Titans said all summer that running back Chris Johnson would lose more carries around the goal line and in short yardage, but it would be made up with extra chances as a receiver. Through five games, Johnson is indeed losing goal-line work to Jackie Battle, but he has caught just eight passes on the year. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday the team needs to do a better job of getting Johnson more involved in the passing game. That may have started in Week 5 when Johnson recorded half of his total receptions -- four -- versus the Chiefs.
And you saw what can happen when Johnson gets the football with space to operate last week when he took a short toss from Ryan Fitzpatrick 49 yards for a touchdown. Johnson is not putting up big numbers on the ground, but the fact that he has just eight catches this far into the season is a major failure by the Titans' coaching staff. At least they understand it's something that needs to change. Johnson is only a low-end RB2 this week in Seattle.