Titans bring back fullback Jalston Fowler

Titans hope return of Jalston Fowler can help boost sluggish rushing attack

The Tennessee Titans brought back fullback Jalston Fowler to their roster on Monday in an attempt to help bolster a sagging running game.

Fowler, a fourth-round pick from Alabama of the Titans in 2015, was released last season by the club. He later spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons, but did not appear in any games with either club.

Fowler played in 36 games for the Titans over three seasons before being waived on Dec. 11 of last year. His playing time in the offense grew sparse over the course of the 2017 season.

He was added to the Seahawks practice squad for the balance of last year, and then was in camp this summer with the Falcons.

In adding Fowler back to the roster, Mike Vrabel said the veteran fullback can possibly help a running game that is ranked 19th in the NFL in rushing yards per game and 26th in rushing yards per carry.

“We have workouts a lot. We have workouts frequently, and we were looking for somebody that could maybe help us in that role, somebody that could help us run the football, help us offensively,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “We’ll take a look at him going forward, and if he can help us, he will get an opportunity to play.”

Vrabel deferred to general manager Jon Robinson about whether the Titans might try to improve their roster via trade. The team’s wide receivers have been inconsistent for much of the season, plagued by drops and an overall lack of production.

Tennessee is 30th in passing yards per game and 29th in passing yards per play.

To make room for Fowler on the 53-man roster, the Titans waived rookie linebacker Robert Spillane.

On the injury front, guard Josh Kline, still out with an undisclosed injury, did not practice on Monday, but is improving, according to Vrabel.