Originally written on Total Titans  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Next up on our tour around the Titans position by position as we head into the 2012 offseason is a look at the fullback spot.

For the sixth straight season, the man who occupied that fullback job was Ahmard Hall. After returning from a four-game suspension at the start of the season, he played the final twelve games, starting seven (all of them the Titans started a fullback in).

As has been the case his entire career, he was primarily a blocker and touched the ball rarely. Hall did carry the ball six times, the most since 2008, for a career-high 24 yards on the ground, but also tied his career low with nine receptions and set a new career low with 46 yards. He also continued his career pattern by fumbling once on those 15 touches, almost costing the Titans the season finale against the Texans.

Hall is not currently under contract for 2012, and will turn 33 during the 2012 season. If the Titans choose not to retain his production and locker room leadership, who might be able to fill his role if he does not return?

The first name that must be mentioned is Quinn Johnson. Acquired from the Packers at the cutdown date essentially for nothing, he unfortunately lived up to the mediocre description of his services, struggling to identify and make the right block on the man. When Hall returned from his suspension, the Titans waived Johnson, and I was happy to see him go. Late in the season, when Javon Ringer was placed on injured reserve, the Titans re-acquired Johnson off waivers from the Broncos but did not activate him again.

Johnson is currently under contract for 2012, and must be considered the favorite to win the fullback job if Hall does not return. About the only nice things I can say about Johnson are that he's never fumbled, and he had a reasonable three receptions for 30 yards, including on a key fourth down conversion against the Ravens. If he's the starting fullback in 2012, I'm hoping for a lot of singleback sets.

The other player on the roster listed at fullback is Will Ta'ufu'ou. The Titans signed him to a futures contract early in the offseason. The former Cal Bear spent parts of 2009 and 2010, plus training camp in 2011 with the Chicago Bears before spending most of 2011 on the Cleveland Browns practice squad. I know virtually nothing about him.

For the sake of completeness, it is worth mentioning that when Hall showed up on the injury report before Johnson was reacquired, the Titans noted Jamie Harper could see some snaps as a west coast-style fullback. As I don't believe Harper has any blocking experience, I can't see him moving from running back to fullback on a full-time basis or even permanent part-time basis.

Distressing as it is for me to contemplate, right now Quinn Johnson looks like the favorite to be the Titans' starting fullback in 2012. While I'm far from opposed to the idea of moving on from Hall, nothing I've seen or read about Johnson's play makes me think he could do even an adequate job at that. If it's between Johnson and Hall, I hope the Titans retain Hall.

Ideally, though, I'd like to see the Titans find somebody else. If they want a more west coast-style fullback, Jacob Hester from the Chargers is a free agent who could fit the bill and also play special teams. A more realistic possibility, though, may be finding a rookie who could compete with Johnson and Ta'ufu'ou for the job.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Steelers fans were more profane on social media

Seahawks praise Tom Brady's trash-talking ability

Richard Sherman's girlfriend talks possible Super Bowl baby

DeMarco Murray: I don't pay attention to being replaced

Bucs believed to be going for Marcus Mariota with No. 1 pick


Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

Rex Ryan praises Patriots, calls Deflategate 'unfortunate'

Brady hopes Peyton Manning comes back next season

Report: Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls 'beyond repair'

Joe Montana pins blame for Deflategate on Tom Brady

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

DeMarcus Cousins calls out writer for five-year-old tweet

What if Drew Bledsoe didn't get injured in 2001?

Who should make up the 2015 Hall of Fame class

WATCH: Porn sounds played during Predators broadcast

Five worst teams to win a Super Bowl

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck defend Patriots on Kimmel

Watch: John Oliver tackles the Super Bowl

The Washington Redskins and their forgotten dynasty

WATCH: Katy Perry cracks Deflategate, Marshawn jokes

Devon and Leah Still write a book for kids fighting cancer

Five potential heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Timberwolves throw shade at Kevin Love in promo

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cousins calls out writer's old tweet

Seahawks praise Brady's trash-talk

Who should be in 2015 HOF class

Five potential Super Bowl XLIX heroes

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

The worst Super Bowl commercials of all-time

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.