Admit it, some of you were so excited by Chris Palmer’s quotes in the off-season about utilizing the passing game to open things up for the Titans offense that you forgot there was even a fullback on the roster, much less a training camp battle for the spot.
Lost in all the hoopla over Kenny Britt’s return, the drafting of Kendall Wright and the late-season flash of Jared Cook last year is the reality that, yes, Tennessee still has two fullbacks on the roster.
The big news in that regard is that neither of those fullbacks is Ahmard Hall, who manned the position for the Titans since 2006.
Hall, who served in the Marines before beginning his football career, remains unsigned as a free agent, but with the Titans de-emphasizing the position even more, it makes sense for the organization to find a cheaper alternative.
Quinn Johnson is back after bouncing around last season with three different clubs. The Titans acquired him from Green Bay in trade right before the season, due to Hall having to serve a four-game suspension.
When Hall returned, the Titans waived Johnson, and he was claimed by the Denver Broncos with whom he spent the bulk of the season. Late in the year, the Broncos put him back on the waiver wire, and the Titans claimed him.
Johnson's primary competition is rookie Collin Mooney, signed as an undrafted free agent from West Point. Mooney is just returning to football after fulfilling his military obligation.
With the emphasis on the passing game, there won’t be as many reps for the fullbacks to prove themselves in camp, but the battle will still merit some watching.
Who we think will win and why: The Titans loved the yeoman’s work Hall did during his six years in Tennessee. While Johnson is the veteran in this race, don’t be surprised if the Titans choose Mooney, in part because of his similar background to Hall.
The fact that Mooney got a three-year contract to sign as an undrafted is a hint that the team believes he has some sort of potential. Most undrafteds get two-year deals upon entering the NFL.