But the former New York Jets running back won’t be limited to just short-yardage carries.
“We haven’t really gotten into percentages or anything like that, but one thing they did tell me was they don’t look at me having just one role,” Greene told the Midday 180 on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “They are going to be giving me carries here and there. They haven’t told me any number or anything like that, but I think it’s going to be more of a feel thing. I’m not going to be limited to just goal line or short yardage.”
Head coach Mike Munchak confirmed Greene’s comments in an interview with Fox Sports.com’s Alex Marvez at the NFL owners meeting.
“I know as a (former) line coach myself that we haven’t had a guy like that in a while,” Munchak said. “He reminds me of the Eddie George days — a guy that can fall forward, a guy that’s physical, a guy that can understand his role.
“We’re not going to have him as a short-yardage back, a goal-line back and four-minute back and that’s all he does. We feel he can play all three downs. He may get a series where he gets going and we’re taking over the line of scrimmage and you want that runner in there and we leave him in there.”
And when the Titans do need the first down, Greene has proven over time he can get the job done.
“As long as I was there (in New York) — even my rookie year — coming into games I’ve kind of been the short-yardage back and goal line type of back,” he said. “I think I just have a niche for that type of thing. I know what’s needed to get first downs and what’s needed to keep the chains moving.”
Munchak said Greene gives the Titans “a lot” more options.
“We haven’t stayed healthy in that (backup) spot the past two years so we’ve been very nervous. Luckily, C.J. has been very durable and hasn’t missed a game since he’s been in the league. We knew our luck was kind of running out on that idea so we had better get someone in.
“We feel that, especially with a young quarterback, we have to start moving the chains better and getting time of possession better. It’s hard to do when you just have a speed back. We thought the complement would be a huge plus for us.”
Greene understands his role and called Chris Johnson a great football player that is very explosive.
“He can be gone with any carry, so I don’t think it’s a matter of carries,” Greene said. “He’s very talented and it’s still a possibility he can reach his goals. I’m just here to help win football games.”
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