Archive for the ‘2009 Minicamps/OTAs’ Category

Kevin Vickerson will have a tough row to hoe

May 22, 2009

I know that Titans’ defensive line coach Jim Washburn likes Kevin Vickerson. He kept Vickerson as the fourth defensive tackle on the roster last year, even though I thought Antonio Johnson was the better player. Mookie didn’t survive the final cut at the end of training camp, ended up on the Titans’ practice squad and was later signed by the Colts, starting four games for them.
 
Making the roster will be even more difficult for Vickerson this year. Jovan Haye, Tony Brown and Jason Jones are all ahead of him on the depth chart and second-round draft pick Sen’Derrick Marks is also expected to make the team. Bear in mind that in case of injuries at DT, the Titans have an insurance policy in DE Dave Ball, who can move inside to play DT.
 
The one big advantage Vickerson has is his size. Three of the other four DTs all weigh in at 290 or less while Vickerson is listed at 305. He’s the big body, the space eater, which Washburn would like to have on the field in short-yardage situations.

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Do you smell what Jared “The Rook” is Cook-ing?

May 5, 2009

Rookie minicamp isn’t the be-all-end-all of determining factors regarding the type of impact a player is going to make during his NFL debut. While the competition is spirited, the rookie minicamp atmosphere lacks the intensity that naturally comes with putting on the pads and going toe-to-toe with experienced league vets.

Despite rookie camp’s limitations, let’s not rain too much on the parade of Tennessee Titan TE Jared Cook, who made a mighty fine impression on many with his spectacular grabs and consistent display of amazing athletic ability for a man of his stature.

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The Undrafteds: A closer look at the Tennessee Titan UDFA’s

May 3, 2009

This weekend marked the beginning of life in the NFL for the 2009 class of Tennessee Titan rookies.

While the exploits of draftees such as Jared Cook snagging passes from the air and the one-on-one battles between former Rutgers teammates Kenny Britt and Jason McCourty dominated local headlines, there are other guys participating in rookie mini-camp who have arrived with significantly less fanfare.

Who are these overlooked players, you ask? They are the guys whose names you didn’t hear announced on draft day: the undrafted free agents.

Let’s take a closer look at the UDFA’s who face long odds in their attempts to make the Titans’ 2009 roster.   

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