The Tennessee Titans are sticking to their guns at safety despite Griffin looking terribly out of place most of the game against the New England Patriots. Robert Johnson didn’t have any major slip ups or have anybody beat him deep, but he also didn’t impress.
Johnson has spent his entire career looking on from the sideline. He never recorded a start before the Patriots game. Apparently the Titans have faith in him, enough so that they’ve moved Griffin to a new position and are playing him over SS Jordan Babineaux, who had a pretty decent year last season. Johnson has the chance to prove himself this season and can do it if he stands up to the pressure and and can make some plays.
I’m one of Johnson’s biggest critics and was disappointed with the pick when the Titans drafted him, but I’m rooting for him. Even more so when considering the fact that the Titans don’t plan on changing anything back there.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the Titans also drafted one of the top safeties, Markelle Martin, in this last draft when he fell to them in the 6th round.It’s hard to tell what the Titans truly want at that position with Martin currently sitting on IR, though he could be pulled off the IR with the Titans still holding an exemption.
As John Glennon of the Tennessean says, Johnson will face a bigger test this week with the Chargers sporting some deep threats including WR Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, and TE Antonio Gates.
Hopefully the Johnson/Griffin pair fare better this week. Last week was pretty painful to watch.
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