Titans training camp report, 07-31

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Kerry Collins hands off to Chris Johnson, who follows Ahmard Hall, on the Titans’ first day of training camp.
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.
 
I took a lot of pictures today and have spent several hours going over them. I’ll try to post new ones frequently in the next few weeks, especially pictures of the new guys. Anyway, I spent too much time enjoying them when I should have written something sooner about today’s practice. Not that there was much to write about, but I know that’s what you’re curious about.
 
It was a great day for football. Great weather and it was good to be back out there watching the Titans.
 
OK, so I didn’t go there today expecting a lot. There’s usually not much to see and nothing to get excited about, so I definitely didn’t have any high hopes dashed.
 
It was a slow day. Some special teams work, positional group work and some throwing and catching of the ball. Yawn.

Even d-line coach Jim Washburn seemed to be less than excited. In the time I spent watching his group, I didn’t hear him raise his voice once. Hope he didn’t have a sore throat.
 
Newcomer Mark Jones and third-year Titan Chris Davis fielded a few punts. Craig Hentrich, by the way, does look markedly different, showing off his new physique after a new diet which resulted in a significant weight loss. The veteran punted almost effortlessly, as if he was a much younger man.
 
Michael Griffin and Tuff Harris worked as gunners trying to down the ball near the goal line, as did rookies Jason McCourty, Phillip Morris and Dudley Guice.
 
If there was one thing that did excite me today, it was watching Ahmard Hall as the running backs went through a quick series of blocking a sled, a heavy bag and a guy holding blocking pads. Hall went first each time and none of the other backs was able to come close to delivering the blocks he did. The guy standing on the sled would have been buried underneath it if Hall had followed through any further when he hit it. It wouldn’t have taken too much more to topple it over backwards. Great leverage, he really hit it low and drove up and into it with a loud pop, raising the entire front of the sled several feet.
 
Then, on to the heavy bag, which he hit just as hard. This was a large heavy bag, quite a bit bigger than the ones you see in gyms. Hall took it easier on the guy with the pad, thank goodness.
 
It did my heart good to watch that.
 
By the way, for those of you planning to attend, parking is now across the street from the Titans facility.
 
First-time visitors are advised to bring water, Gatorade or other liquids to keep hydrated. Sunscreen and appropriate clothing are recommended. Still cameras (no video), binoculars, a folding chair and items to be autographed are things to consider bringing along.
 
Jeff Fisher is something of a weatherbug and won’t hesitate to cancel practice or move it indoors on short notice if there’s a chance of lightning. If there’s a chance of a storm, it might be a good idea to check the Titans official website or call their hotline at (615) 565-4190 before heading out there.
 
There are often, but not always, rosters that are available. You might want to print one before heading out. By the way, the jersey numbers for the new veterans are #85 for Nate Washington, #75 for Jovan Haye and #84 for Mark Jones.
 
If you see me at camp, stop and say hello. I look forward to meeting you.
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4 Responses to “Titans training camp report, 07-31”

  1. Drexel Perry Says:

    Good stuff, Andrew.
    Not sure which day(s), but I’m going to try to make it to at least one or two sessions.
    So glad that football season is right around the corner!

  2. BurheadTitans Says:

    I’ve heard LaJuan Ramsey has been practicing with the first team alongside Tony Brown and looked good during drills, might be a player to watch. I’ve heard Jason Jones looks bigger and appears to be faster and William Hayes has gotten bigger, stronger, and seems to know what he’s doing.
    A lot of observers are saying The Freak was flying around in backfield all day and showing flashes of his old form which is encouraging to hear.
    I saw that Mitch King has a big motor but was buried during drills which is slightly disappointing and Jovan Haye really didn’t stand out.
    I like what I’m hearing from Nate Washington though. He seems to have gotten his playbook, techniques, and routes down precisely and catching pretty much everything thrown at him. He had some trouble during OTAs but that seems to be behind him. Kuharsky said during receiver only drills that he took Dominique Edison aside and coached him up, I like seeing veteran guys do that. I think we got a steal in Nate, plus when some guys get that big payday like he did they become lazy and all but Nate seems intent on showing he deserved it. His story is pretty good too, being an undrafted free agent, to becoming #3 on the Steelers, then finally getting that payday and becoming a #1 he seems to a good player. Plus yesterday was his autograph session he stayed to talk and sign autographs longer then the rest of the players and tried to get 12-Gage to stay but he didn’t. A user who went to practice had this to say;
    “Nate Washington looks to be a great aqcusition. He looked great in and out of his cuts and running his routes. hands were solid. very nice guy, told me he was happy to be a Titan and was looking foreward to beating up on pittsburgh week 1 and said “its coming”. told us he would rather be a Titan than steeler.”
    Seems like a player that fits the Titans image.

  3. Andrew Strickert Says:

    Hi Burhead, welcome to Total Titans. I’m not sure who you’ve heard some of that info from but let me please touch on a few points.
    The Titans have not been scrimmaging much at all and there has been a lot of rotation of players. I haven’t noticed LaJuan Ramsey next to Tony Brown but he may have been on occasion. The only thing that’s impressed me about him so far is his size.
    Jones appears to be more sculpted but I wouldn’t say he looks any bigger. Hayes, on the other hand, appears to be significantly bigger. I have no idea yet if he’s stronger but you would certainly hope so.
    Kearse did get into the backfield a few times but it certainly wasn’t as often as you were led to believe.
    You should also know that the Titans haven’t put the pads on yet – just shells – so the brief team work they have done is not a very good indication of anything. I certainly won’t make snap judgments about anyone based on that, especially a veteran like Jovan Haye.
    I’m not sure when the pads will go on but I’m looking forward to it. You can learn a lot of things then that you otherwise can’t.
    I hope you and a lot more of our readers will be able to come out to camp soon. I’m hoping to be there just about every day so look me up if you see me. (I’ll be posting a better picture of myself soon.)
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

  4. jefflawrence007 Says:

    I just wanted to let you know I love your website and really enjoy listening to your opinions on my favorite topic of Discussion: The TITANS! Keep it going fellas.

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