Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets running back John Conner (38) walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Titans want to help re-establish the “thunder and lightning” running game with Chris Johnson and Shonn Green, but in order to do so, they’ll need a capable fullback, and they may not have one on the roster right now. Quinn Johnson was projected to be the starter, but he’s injured, and the team is already looking at other options.
On Friday, they worked out free agents Michael Robinson and John Conner. Robinson was a Pro Bowler with the Seattle Seahawks, while Conner was competing to become the Bengals starting fullback.
He was also featured on the recent Hard Knocks series, as he flourished throughout the preseason, but his emotional release was well-documented on the season-finale as head coach Marvin Lewis broke the news:
"“This is a hard one. I know you’ve put your heart and soul into this,” Lewis told Conner. “You didn’t do anything wrong. You have done everything. It’s more just maybe the versatility of Orson, not necessarily what you didn’t do. Orson’s contribution on special teams may be more.”"
While a number of teams would undoubtedly love to sign Conner, because vested veterans on the team in Week 1 are assured of their full base salary no matter if they are with the team all season, it’s no surprise Conner probably won’t be signed until Week 2 or later.