NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene's been at the head of the running back line, and said he's working to knock the rust off after he missed all of the offseason following a cleanup knee surgery.
I think he's looked like what you'd expect him to look like. He's the team's biggest and most physical back, and if he's healthy he should be able to get a tough yard when the Titans need it, running behind a line that's been revamped over the past couple years.
There is a segment of the fan base that wants the team to go a different direction. But in the second season of a three-year deal, I can't see the team giving up on him after just one season. And there is no quality alternative for that role -- the power back who should be a short-yardage resource. (Undrafted rookie Antonio Andrews hasn't had a chance to show much to this point, and I think he's more likely to be a practice squad guy if he impresses.)
It's disappointing that coach Ken Whisenhunt said Greene still needs to trim down.
"I am pleased with where he is at this point," Whisenhunt said on Monday, per John Glennon of The Tennessean. "To have not gotten anything in the spring physically ... he's gotten some reps now and been in there, and that's been important. I'm happy with that. I'm not happy with his weight. He needs to lose some weight. But (him) getting the reps has been good."
Glennon said Whisenhunt is talking about five or 10 pounds. Hopefully the weight melts away quickly.
How much Greene is carrying does not need to be the primary conversation revolving around him for very long.