Titans head coach Mike Munchak told the media that 5th year running back, Shonn Greene, will see an increased role starting during Week 9. Now that’s he’s healthy again, Munchak says Greene could see up to 15 carries per game.
At first glance, Greene’s increased role in the Titans offense seems to have come out of the blue. The 28-year-old out of Iowa has hardly played at all during the 2013 season, having just returned from a knee injury in Week 7.
In his first game back, Greene only saw one carry before entering another week off with Tennessee’s bye. When all is said an done, Greene has run the ball only 5 times for 20 yards in 2013.
However, a fresh and healthy Greene could be a big help to the Titans struggling run game. Chris Johnson, the frontman in the Titans backfield, has only 110 yards on 46 attempts, coming to a pitiful average of 2.4 yards per carry during his last four games. For the season, Johnson has 366 yards on 115 attempts, averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Johnson’s struggles have continued (and worsened) in the last month, opening the door for Shonn Greene to contribute on the ground. Greene, who has hardly played in his first season, is coming off back-to-back 1000 yard seasons with the Jets. Last year he averaged 3.9 yards on 276 carries for a total of 1,063 yards.
He also added 8 touchdowns and only lost 1 fumble. Greene may not be the answer to the Titans, or fantasy owners’ prayers, but he can surely add some sneaky points to rosters with this increased load. Johnson’s struggles have given Greene a great opportunity to step up. If he is able to rise to the occasion, we could be seeing a lot more of him in the coming weeks.