Pacman Might Practice

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I hadn’t planned on posting anything about Adam “Pacman” Jones for a while.
The recent statement by Jones’ agent that he could be able to practice with the team in training camp drew response both from the league and the Titans. If they found it necessary to comment, I suppose I can too, since it could have an effect on the other players and the team.
If allowed to participate in camp, Pacman will be a distraction to the team. Worse, he’ll take valuable reps away from the guys competing for jobs and those who will play.
I have no reason to believe Jeff Fisher is in favor of it. He should be concerned about the players who will be available this season, not ones that won’t.
Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. made the following statement:

      “I want to reiterate the club’s position: that this is a commissioner and a league issue. The commissioner made clear in his April 10 letter that the player could not participate in any practice or organized workout during the term of the suspension.
      “We have never been told anything else by the league and our club’s position in that we are in complete support of Commissioner Goodell and his original ruling with respect to the player. Accordingly, we have no reason to believe that he will be involved in any part of our training camp.”

Note that the statement twice referred to Jones as “the player” but not by name. It’s almost as if he’s become a non-person.
But it wouldn’t surprise me if Jones is allowed to return for training camp. If the Titans try to bar Pacman, the union will probably file a grievance on Jones’ behalf. It would be a situation similar in many ways to the Steve McNair situation last summer.
If he does come to training camp, I expect Fisher will have him running a lot and then a lot more.
What’s your opinion? I’ve put a new poll up on the subject.

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4 Responses to “Pacman Might Practice”

  1. Garo Dykstra Says:

    Tricky situation. I personally think they should let him attend camp but not let him play in preseason games. All other suspended players get to attend camp and play in preseason games. It would provide an extra body in camp and allow our WRs to get work against one of the better corner’s in the league. It would also allow coaches to have a closer look at Pac and see if he’s “changed” any or not which would aide in the future to decided what to do with him after the suspension. You wouldn’t be taking game reps from another player by not allowing him to play in the preseason games.
    I also believe it would be good for Pac to be with the players and regain a part of this team. If the Titans turn there back on him now, then they give away any chance of him being a Titan thus hurting any trade value in the future and quite possibly aide in pushing Pac further away. What good does turning your back on a player do in this situation?
    Allowing Pac to attend camp MIGHT be the one thing that helps change Pac which would be best for everyone. The media will be a distraction no matter what. If he’s there, there will be Pacman questions concerning distraction, if he’s not there, the same Pacman related questions will be asked that has been asked all summer plus the knew ones of concerning Pac being barred from practice. Might as well get the use out of him while limiting him to media exposure during camp imo.

  2. brian Says:

    Wow Garo, you must have heard the conversation we were having down at pub last night.
    There are upsides to this, I just hope that Jones takes advantage of it, other wise this could be just enough rope for him to hang himself with. It’s so tough with Jones, you really want to like him but he puts himself in the same holes again and again. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  3. Garo Dykstra Says:

    Brian,
    I have been the biggest Pacman apologist since we drafted him and defended him at every turn. It wasnt until after his suspension and the latest Georgia incident that I stopped defending him due to him not being able to quit going to strip clubs regardless of wrong doing or not. I still hold out hope that he can get things together but I have started to doubt that he will ever play for the Titans again.
    Hopefully allowing him in training camp will prevent him from being the single most wasted talent I’ve seen. But it sounds as if Bud Adams and probably Fisher dont want him there due to the distractions as Andrew mentioned.
    Maybe with the new Micheal Vick fiasco, Pac can get out of the media spot light long enough to get back on the team.

  4. brian Says:

    i just want the titans to win and they clearly have a better chance to do that with adam on the field. it’s a complete roll of the dice with him as he never follows through with his word and ends up embarassing himself, his family, the titans, nashville and his fans.
    surely he has to know that this is his last chance in tennessee.

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