Titans sign former Vanderbilt RB Khari Blasingame to 53-man roster
The Tennessee Titans made a roster move on Wednesday with the signing of former RB/FB Khari Blasingame to the 53-man roster.
There is a new Tennessee Titans player in Nashville on Wednesday, as the team signed running back Khari Blasingame to the 53-man roster.
The 6-foot, 233- pound Blasingame, who also doubles as a fullback, is a Vanderbilt product who was on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad prior to the Titans bringing him aboard. He went undrafted in 2019 and has yet to play in a game this season.
Blasingame did get some action in the preseason with the Vikings, though. He totaled eight carries for 20 yards and a score, while also catching eight passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
During his career in Vandy, Blasingame showed chops as both a runner and pass-catcher.
He carried the ball 238 times for 997 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in his last three years in college (bowl games included). Through the air, Blasingame also totaled 25 receptions for 320 yards and one score in his senior season at Vanderbilt.
According to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online, both head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson scouted Blasingame at Vanderbilt’s Pro Day.
"Members of the Titans’ coaching staff and scouting staff, including GM Jon Robinson and HC Mike Vrabel, attended Vanderbilt’s Pro Day in March, and the team invited Blasingame to Saint Thomas Sports Park during a local visit day leading up to the NFL Draft, when Blasingame went undrafted."
Before making the signing, the Titans only had two backs on the active roster after running back Rod Smith was released on Tuesday.
Blasingame will likely serve as the fullback the Titans were looking for in running back David Fluellen before he was placed on injured reserve earlier in the season.
Hopefully this move also means the Titans are going to rely more on the run, thus the need for a fullback who can serve as a lead blocker. Despite his ability to catch the football from his days in college, it’s doubtful Blasingame takes snaps away from fellow back Dion Lewis in that area.
Tennessee is on a bye this week, so we’ll have to wait to see if Blasingame will be active
and how he’ll be used. The Titans will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars when they return in Week 12 in a divisional matchup at Nissan Stadium.