The Tennessee Titans drafted Jamie Harper with the 130th pick in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. His pick came as somewhat of a surprise, but he’s proven to be a fairly talented back. He has the potential to become the bulldozing back the Titans have been missing since LenDale White’s departure.
The problem? He prefers to dance rather than ‘doze.
Harper has the perfect size to be that power back, being 5-11 and 233 lbs. The Titans have their nimble speed demon in Chris Johnson, what they need is that rough, tough, number two back who can push the pile and I believe that is what they were looking for when they drafted Harper.
This last season we watched as CJ struggled to get any yards and gave room to the other running backs testing the field. They struggled just as much as the o-line consistently caved under pressure. In Harpers limited time, we saw a big running back doing his best impression of LeGarrette Blount. Needless to say, that’s not what we were hoping for. Though it did account for the occasional impressive broken tackle, it more often caused a loss of yards, leaving fans screaming to just punch it forward and get the yards instead of bouncing back and forth in the backfield.
This offseason the coaching staff needs to work with him and get him in that hard-hitting type of mindset. This last year they hardly had any time to work with him. With a full off season I expect to see much better production from him, which makes the Titans look pretty solid at the RB position, having CJ, Harper, and Ringer in rotation.
I like Harper and see promise in him, he just needs to realize what roll he needs to play in this offense. We need a bruiser, not a dancer.
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