On CJ, Greene and short-yardage

January, 8, 2014
Jan 8
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While writing this morning about Chris Johnson's comments about the Tennessee Titans not using him properly, the role of Shonn Greene came to mind.

Tennessee signed Greene to a three-year, free-agent deal worth $10 million with $4.5 million guaranteed, and looked to him to be a short-yardage, goal-line back who could take Johnson out of some situations.

Greene got hurt in the opener, needed knee surgery, missed six games and needed a few more to get back close to himself.

Johnson's 3.9-yard average per carry was certainly not worth his $10 million, 2013 salary and it's the primary concern when the team decides whether to keep him at an $8 million salary in 2014.

But he deserves credit for how he did in short-yardage situations in 2013.

Greene had 12 carries where 1 or 2 yards would get the Titans a first down, and he converted nine of them (75 percent.)

Johnson had 22 carries where 1 or 2 yards would get the Titans a first down, and he converted 16 of them (72.7 percent.)

That's better than most of us would have presumed, I suspect. It's the second-best percentage Johnson has produced in such situations in his six-year career, trailing only his 90 percent in 2011.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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