Dixon could be committee candidate

March, 12, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shonn Greene is definitely part of the 2014 Titans. Jackie Battle will probably be around.

Ideally, Greene is the team’s second running back, at best, and Battle is ideally fourth, a special-teamer offering injury insurance.

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Presuming Chris Johnson is released -- and I’ve long been given indications that will happen -- the Titans will likely add at least two more backs.

I suspect the Titans will use a committee. Different backs with different skills sets and levels of experience can be beneficial. If it’s not working for Back A, there is a possibility it will work for Back B or C on a particular Sunday.

The league has moved away from workhorses to split backfields.

Johnson has been exceptionally durable for six years. But if the Titans have multiple backs they like, a short-term injury to one shouldn’t be a killer.

So who are the other backs?

Well, one should come in the draft.

They could bring in multiple undrafted free agents.

And they’ll likely be at least one more veteran. He may come out of a group of a few brought in to slug it out.

The first name to surface is Anthony Dixon, who was listed as the fullback on San Francisco’s depth chart at the end of the season. He was an injury fill-in as a lead-blocker who can also play special teams.

Dixon, a sixth-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2010 out of Mississippi State, got just 28 regular-season carries last year and produced just 56 yards. That 2-yard average makes CJ’s much-discussed 3.9-yard average in 2013 look big.

The best thing Dixon has on his résumé is he’s played in every game of his four-year career. He’s gained 458 yards on 148 carries for a 3.1-yard average, a long of 34 yards and eight scores.

He'd be best cast, perhaps, competing with Battle for No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart.

Could he be part of a committee?

It seems the Titans think there is a chance.

But it’s just a visit.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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