"I like what I've seen out of him off the tape," Whisenhunt said, per NFL.com.
Greene got just 77 carries last season backing up Johnson. He missed five games due to knee problems.
Greene missed five games this season due to a knee injury, but he likely would have seen his 1,000-yard season streak end either way. He finished with just 295 yards on 77 carries, with four touchdowns in 11 games.
Greene has been the second option in the running game all season long, but actually received more carries than Chris Johnson as the Titans pounded the ball away in a win over the Jaguars last week. The Jaguars have had the most carries by running backs against them this season, but the Texans aren't far behind; opposing backs are totaling 24.5 carries per game against Houston, the eighth-highest mark in the league.
Given the matchup against a team that struggles to score, the Titans could be relying on the running game a bunch yet again this Sunday. Greene is the second choice, but could have success against a team that allowed 17.8 Fantasy points per game to backs. Despite last week's breakout, Greene remains more of a low-end Fantasy option for Week 17.
Confined to just a change-of-pace role for most of the season,
Because his carries were confined to three possessions, with only one coming in the Titans' other eight, Greene didn't short change Chris Johnson, who finished with 90 yards on 22 carries. He simply took advantage of the opportunities he was given with gains of 6, 9, 14 and a season-high 29 yards.
Of course, he wasn't without his faults, needing three carries to punch it in from inside the 5-yard line, but he did finally succeed for one of Titans' two touchdowns on the day.
Greene will look to continue to expand his role Week 17 against the Texans.
After getting more work than usual in a blowout loss to the Broncos in Week 14, picking up 46 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries,
So which version will show up Week 16 at Jacksonville? Greene also had a decent number of carries -- 10, to be exact -- Week 13 at Indianapolis, which wasn't a blowout one way or the other, but for much of this season, he has been a strict backup to Chris Johnson. In other words, his best chance of contributing in Fantasy is if he's needed to run out the clock in a blowout scenario.
The Jaguars have been susceptible to blowouts this season, but they haven't lost by multiple scores since Week 11 and actually beat the Titans in Week 10. Greene had nine carries for 22 yards in that game.
Even though the Jaguars rank 30th against the run, allowing 131.9 yards per game, you'd be taking a huge gamble by starting Greene in Fantasy.
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