The Titans model a new look, 8-04 morning practice, and LenDale White

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Titans players sport a throwback look with oil derricks on their helmets. Photo by Andrew Strickert / Total Titans.

 
The good news is that, as I heard they would, the Titans gave us an early peek at their throwback look in Tuesday morning’s practice.
 
The bad news is they still weren’t fully padded, as I also heard they would be, just shells again. That didn’t mean, however, that there wasn’t any contact.
 

The worst news is that I had some minor surgery Tuesday afternoon and was unable to attend the evening practice or post anything until now. My apologies for being a day late with this and I certainly hope the delay is worth it to you.
 
Nate Washington provided the highlight of the morning by catching a bomb behind the secondary for what would’ve been a touchdown in a game situation. His speed is for real.
 
Washington got deep again a little later but Vince Young underthrew him, allowing Ryan Mouton to catch up and make a pick.
 
I wonder who’s faster, Washington or Chris Johnson. Imagine splitting one of them wide right and the other wide to the left. Do they both draw safety help?
 
This segues into something interesting that happened. The Dinger split out several interesting receiving targets in one sequence. First he split Johnson out wide, who then came back for a little screen.
 
Jared Cook also split out, then ran a slant to give Vince a big target for a ten-yard or so completion.
 
And believe it or not, LenDale White, who took forever to run 80 yards in Kansas City, split out near the sidelines to run a go route straight down the field. Actually, you can believe that because I have a photo of it here.
 

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Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

 
Yes, that really is LenDale, as you can see here.
 
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Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.
 
I hope that weight loss hasn’t put ideas into LenDale’s head. He may have better quickness hitting the hole, but he’s no Washington. Or Johnson. I don’t know if he’s still Crash, but he’s not Dash.
 
It’s hard to tell from those pictures just how much weight LenDale has lost so I’ll get another one or two posted so you can get a better idea of his new physique. Also, as mentioned in the last several days, some other players have made changes to their bodies over the offseason, so I’ll get some of their pictures posted too. Alge Crumpler and William Hayes are two of the more noticeable ones.
 
I believe I have pics of just about all of the new guys, not counting the UDFAs/camp fodder, so I’ll get them up for you soon as well.
 
What do you think of the new looks? The Titans’ and LenDale’s?
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6 Responses to “The Titans model a new look, 8-04 morning practice, and LenDale White”

  1. Bob Loblaw Says:

    That is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Thanks for the update Andrew – good stuff.

  2. Mark B Says:

    Love the Oilers throwback. Wish they would sometimes go with the 80s/90s style, though.

  3. Tom Gower Says:

    Andrew,
    Good to hear your surgery went well.
    I’ve been watching the video interviews on the official site, and LenDale’s weight difference is really noticeable. I know I’ve ripped on the guy a lot, but that’s all been professional, not personal. I can’t wait to see how it translates on the field.
    The other guy I’ve read about is Hentrich, with the Tennessean story about his diet and the Titans Radio guys were talking about him. Has anybody who’s been to practice seem him boot it, and how that compares to last year or earlier in his career?

  4. BurheadTitans Says:

    Glad to hear your back safe,
    Anyways are you implying Alge has lost weight or has gained weight? If he lost weight that could be important, earlier this year he said he was going to be used as a more pass catching he would be about 15lb pounds lighter. If he has lost weight I wonder if Dinger wants him to turn back into the pass catcher and let the in line blocking job fall to Craig.

  5. Andrew Strickert Says:

    Thanks for the comments and well wishes, guys.
    Yeah, LenDale is noticeably slimmer. I used to look kind of silly wearing his jersey since I didn’t have a belly as big as his. Now his might be smaller than mine and I’ve lost weight too. 😉
    I forgot to mention Hentrich above; thanks for the reminder. I did mention him a few days ago, in the post following the first day of camp I believe. He’s lost a lot of weight after his new diet and was punting rather effortlessly. He looked very limber that day although he did shank one.
    Crumpler really looks bigger to me, not that he wasn’t already big. His body reminds me more of Erron Kinney’s than Bo Scaife’s.

  6. Will Says:

    Great pictures. I’m getting very excited to see how LenDale White performs this year.

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