Archive for July, 2008

Titans 7-31 practice report

July 31, 2008

A light practice this afternoon. The weather was unseasonable and the mildest yet for training camp, with temperatures in the high 80įs and accompanied by a sporadic, gentle breeze. The uniform of the day (to use an old military phrase) was helmets, jerseys and shorts. The linemen wore light pads as well.
A few guys hit the field before practice, including a new kicker, wearing jersey #6. I soon found out it was John Vaughn, a Nashville native and Auburn kicker who was in the Titans camp last year. He didn’t show the pop in his leg or the range I remember from a year ago. His longest ones were in the 40-45 yard range, with not much to spare. I didn’t see Rob Bironas all afternoon. Ingle Martin, who got some work the last two days, didn’t kick and remained strictly at quarterback this afternoon. I wonder what that means about Bironas’ injury. (more…)

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Bon Voyage, Mike Williams

July 31, 2008

The third time was†hopefully going†to be the charm for former USC WR Mike Williams. After failed attempts at making his mark in Detroit and Oakland, there was a small glimmer of hope regarding his chances of turning his career around at his third NFL stop: Tennessee.
That hope ended today, as the Titans released the former first rounder.
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Titans Position Analysis: CB

July 30, 2008

We conclude our look at the Titans’ defense by position with an analysis of the cornerbacks.
A mediocre Titan pass defense in 2006 lost its best cover corner. Many, myself included, expected the Titans’ pass defense to decline. Instead, it ended up better, ranking tops in the league in at least one measure. While the fine play of Albert Haynesworth and the rest of the defensive line was a big part of this, the secondary, including the starting cornerbacks, did their job as well. The question is, can the 2007 level of performance from the corners continue?
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Titans interested in Byron Leftwich?

July 30, 2008

As Tennessee Titan fans, we are pretty familiar with former first round QB Byron Leftwich. As a member of the Jaguars, the Titans faced “Lefty” on a routine basis. Last year, the Titans went against Leftwich during last season’s victory over the Falcons.
Later this week, the Titans will take another look at Leftwich, but this time, it won’t be as an opposing player: he’s visiting the Titans as a free agent in search of an employer.
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Titans Position Analysis: Safety

July 29, 2008

Next up in our position analyses is the safety position.
A healthy Chris Hope and emerging former first round draft pick Michael Griffin combine to form one of the league’s better safety duos.
In addition to Hope and Griffin, letís take a look at the other players competing for playing time at safety.
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Titans training camp 7-29 morning practice

July 29, 2008

Just a few tidbits from this morning’s practice on another hot day. It will be sweltering when the pads will be on this afternoon.
I got my closest look yet at Mike Williams in camp and he certainly does seem to be slimmed down from last year. He didn’t do much later in 11-on-11 team work.
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Titans Position Analysis: DE

July 28, 2008

There’s good news and bad news about the Titans’ defensive ends this year. The good news is the two starting spots will be manned by veteran Pro Bowlers. The bad news is after that, the depth is a serious question mark. Of the five men competing for jobs as backups, only two have any NFL experience, and not much at that.
D-line coach Jim Washburn likes all of these guys from what I’ve heard, but that doesn’t mean much. None of these guys would be here in the first place if Wash didn’t like them. All it means is that Wash will have to cut a couple of guys he likes.
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Chris Johnson: 15-20 carries a game?

July 27, 2008

Due to his versatility, the expectations surrounding explosive rookie RB Chris Johnson have been centered upon his potential role as a dynamic jack-of-all trades back in the Titansí offense.
Weeks ago, on this site, it was speculated that Chris Johnsonís ability to run in between the tackles and the potential for him to carry a little more weight without sacrificing his elite speed could lead to CJ becoming a primary back down the road.
If itís up to Mike Heimerdinger, Johnsonís transition into being a main back could begin as soon as 2008.
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Quick hits, Titans training camp, Day Two

July 26, 2008

Just a few quick hits here for now; more to come later.
Albert Haynesworth was on the field this afternoon and his weight looked to be much lighter than my prediction of 350. He has either been working out, dieting, or both during the offseason. He’s in shape but he doesn’t look to be in football shape. But it’s a lot better shape than he’s been in previous years. (more…)

Titans sign first-round pick Johnson

July 26, 2008

As reported by the Nashville City Paper and confirmed on the official site, the Titans have signed their first selection in the 2008 draft, RB Chris Johnson. The deal is for 5 years, about $12 million, about $7 million of which is guaranteed. Those of you in the Nashville area will likely be able to see Johnson at today’s 3:30 P.M. practice. With this deal done, every player who’s supposed to be in training camp will now be there.