The fourth-year running back gives great interviews. More often than not, he’s funny, engaging, and says the right things.
No longer can White be mocked by the nickname “LenWhale.” He has a new body and a new lease on life after giving up Patron tequila and losing over thirty pounds.
Undoubtedly, his decision to shape up has much to do with this being a contract year. He’s playing for a big payday, and I don’t expect it to come from the Titans. Nevertheless, he’s currently a Titan and he’s raised my expectations.
White rushed for 773 yards last season (including an 80-yard touchdown run in Kansas City) and scored 15 touchdowns while weighing in the neighborhood of 260 pounds.
Can both LenDale White and Chris Johnson gain 1000 yards?
I think so, but White will likely have to take more carries from Johnson to do it.
White carried the ball 200 times last season and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Johnson had 251 carries and averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
Two teammates have gained over 1000 yards five times in NFL history. Interestingly enough, one of the duos featured quarterback Michael Vick.
In each instance, the yardage margin between the two players was never more than 117 yards.
White might increase his yards-per-carry to 5.0. This might have the effect of forcing offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger to give him more carries.
But I don’t see the Titans taking carries away from Chris Johnson. He’s simply too dangerous as an offensive threat to keep off the field.
I’m looking forward to seeing whether White can retain his red-zone power and approach the 1000-yard mark.