Chris Johnson’s backup should be JAVON RINGER, let Lendale walk


Next year when Chris Johnson needs a breather or when the Titans go two backs and three wide receivers, wouldn’t it be nice to see Javon Ringer get in the lineup?
     The former heisman and Doak Walker candidate at Michigan State showed some potential last season in the pre seaon and regular season returning kicks and becoming a gunner on the punt team.
     During pre-season he had a total of 24 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown.  His best performance came against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers when he had 7 carries for 51 yards including a 36 yard scoot to paydirt.  In a game versus the Dallas Cowboys Ringer had what would have been a 17 yard touchdown catch called back on a penalty.
     Veteran offensive lineman like Michael Roos credited the rookie for good running patience and knowing when to cutback and when not to.  Kerry Collins said he thought Javon had a bright fututre.  Even defensive leader Keith Bulluck thought the kid had a good feel for the game.
    Javon Ringer is a mature character player (Jeff Fisher’s favorite) with a devout Christian upbringing who played four seasons for the Michigan State Spartans.  Having a career that some compared to Emmitt Smith and Brian Westbrook, Ringer is famous for never denying an autograph to a fan and being active in charity work ever since he enrolled in Michigan State.
     After having surgery six days after his last collegiate game it was learned that Ringer had been playing on a torn meniscus his entire senior season. His draft stock dropped all the way to the 5th round where the Titans nabbed him.
     Bare in mind I have no problems with Lendale White or his character. Lendale gets a bad rap sometimes and he has had a few questionable interviews and even lashed out one time for getting a carry and then not playing the rest of the game.  Overall though White has been Johnson’s biggest cheerleader and I think he could do big things for another franchise in the right scheme.
    However, Ringer would be an upgrade over White in the backup position. The former Sparty runs tough through the tackles (guy has incredible leg strength) and while he may have a lot of wear and tear from college he won’t have problems with durability backing up CJ. Also Ringer has better receiving skills than White and matched up with a linebacker, he’s gonna win that matchup more times than not. When asked what the main difference between NFL and college Ringer simply said “The plays are more complex.”

Since it’s looking more and more like Lendale will sign wtih another team this upcoming pre-season will be vital to the second year Titan.  Ringer will get plenty of reps and chances to put up big numbers in four games. With another year under his belt and with this guy’s maturation and mindset I could definetly see him coming in and surprising some people.