Archive for the ‘Preseason’ Category

Titans make final roster cut

September 5, 2009

Following up on yesterday’s post on the first nineteen cuts, the Titans made three more cuts to get down to 53, today.  Per the press release on the official site, these were three cuts we hadn’t heard about yet

DE Larry Birdine
LB Ryan Fowler
RB Quinton Ganther (injured)

Congratulations, Chris Henry, you’re around for at least another day.

Titans cut 19, roster stands at 56: who stays, who goes?

September 5, 2009

The Titans today made most of the headway on the cutdown of the roster from the currently-permitted 75 players to the 53 man they must be at Saturday at 4 PM ET.   Per The Tennessean, The list of guys cut so far includes:

LB Rocky Boiman FB/TE Casey Cramer, CB Tanard Davis, OL Ryan Durand, CB DeMarcus Faggins, RB Rodney Ferguson, S Tuff Harris, WR Mark Jones, DT Mitch King, OT Cory Lekkerkerker, WR Phillip Morris, TE Matthew Mulligan, OL Jason Murphy, DT LaJuan Ramsey, S Nick Schommer, LB Josh Stamer, P A.J. Trapasso, OL Fernando Velasco, WR Paul Williams

After the cuts, the Titans’ roster looks about like this:

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Titans 27 Packers 13: Recap and Reflections

September 3, 2009

The Tennessee Titans finished their five-game preseason odyssey by defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-13 at LP Field tonight.

Vince Young was impressive in less than a half of action, as he ran for a score and tossed another. Sixth-rounder Dominique Edison also stood out with 5 grabs for 90 yards and 2 scores, including a highlight-reel snag on a beautiful display of body control while adjusting to a Patrick Ramsey pass.

Tonight’s contest was the last time for guys who are pushing for roster spots to stand out in their bids to make the roster. Here’s my take on how some of those players fared, as well as some additional thoughts on some other Titan performances.

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Making a case for the Titans to keep three QBs

September 2, 2009

There have been several comments on Total Titans recently saying Tennessee shouldn’t keep three quarterbacks on the roster this year. Some good points have been made and some good reasons provided.
 
The most obvious is that keeping three QBs takes a roster spot away from an extra special teams player. Guys like Colin Allred, Josh Stamer, Rocky Boiman, Tuff Harris and Nick Schommer are trying to make the back end of the roster based on their special teams contributions. Keeping a third QB leaves one less spot available for those players, who sometimes make the difference in a game.
 
I’d like to look at the other side of the argument now.
 
Keeping three quarterbacks is nothing new, it’s been done in the NFL for years, even when rosters were much smaller. The Titans have had their share of three-QB rosters, most notably the McNair-O’Donnell-Volek trio for a couple of years. Since then, they’ve gone both ways, with two and with three.

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Personnel decisions are looming for the Titans

August 31, 2009

Tomorrow, September 1, is the first cutdown day in the league, as each team must trim its roster to 75 players.
 
Some players probably won’t be getting a good night’s sleep, worrying about what might be. Which Titans will get the first visit from strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson, who performs the duties of the Turk in Tennessee?
 
Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt tells this story from his rookie camp. On cutdown day, he kept hearing knocks on doors around his, with the Turk telling players to go turn in their playbooks. Reinfeldt’s door was one of those knocked on, but the knock was for his roommate. Then came another knock a while later and Reinfeldt thought he was being cut as well. Turns out it was someone telling him he had made the team and to move his stuff to another room down the hall.
 
My final training camp depth chart lists the players I have confidence in making the roster, along with sixteen on the bubble. Those names remain the same.

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Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns: Hits and Misses

August 30, 2009

In their penultimate preseason game, the Tennessee Titans came up short as they were defeated by the Cleveland Browns 23-17 last night.

After struggling against the Cowboys on national television last week, the Titans bounced back with a much better all-around effort in what was billed as the team’s dress rehearsal for the regular season that, believe it or not, is a little more than a week away.

Here are a few of the positives and negatives that I took away from Saturday’s contest.

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Final Titans training camp report

August 27, 2009

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The dizzy bat race is a highlight of every Titans training camp. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.
 
The Titans’ 2009 training camp was physically the easiest I’ve ever seen. In practices open to the public, there were only two two-a-days and only one occasion when the players were in full pads.
 
With that in mind, you wouldn’t expect there to be as many injuries as the Titans have received. Most of the injuries have been hamstrings though, which can happen in shorts just as easily as in pads.
 
One thing that is troubling about the injuries is that they have created opportunities for some younger guys but none of them have taken advantage of the situation. Several receivers and defensive backs, in particular, have missed time with injuries, opening doors for younger players (Hawkins, Edison, Williams and McCourty.) Most of the injured players have returned to practice and the younger guys who were getting more snaps are now getting less again.

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The 53-man as training camp closes

August 26, 2009

Well, I did one as training camp opened, and after the first preseason game.  I didn’t after the second preseason game, but only because Andrew wrote about the real training camp depth chart, so that means it’s time for another stab at the 53-man roster, with some additional focus on the 45-man active roster, something I neglected in my previous roster picks.

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Tennessee Titans positional analysis: Special teams

August 24, 2009

As training camp winds down, an important day approaches. September 5 is the date NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 players and I’d like to use much of this special teams analysis as an evaluation of where some players stand in the formulation of the (almost) final roster.
 
Of course, three special teams players are guaranteed a job. You can’t win without a kicker, punter and snapper, so you can count on seeing Rob Bironas, Craig Hentrich and Ken Amato for another season.
 
Actually, Bironas signed a new four-year contract in the offseason and Hentrich re-upped for two more years. This is the final year on Amato’s contract.
 
Hentrich looks better after losing close to thirty pounds, which should help his chronically ailing back. Rookie A.J. Trapasso has helped share the load in camp and I hope (for the team, not for his sake) that he’ll be available this season if or when Hentrich’s back acts up again.

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The Tennessee Titans’ running woes: Panic or patience?

August 23, 2009

Since the days of Eddie George plowing through opposing defenders, the running game has traditionally been a staple of the Tennessee Titans’ offensive attack. Last year was no different, with rookie Chris Johnson and the plump version of LenDale White causing nightmares for the opposition.

Through three preseason games, the Titans’ vaunted smashmouth attack has been anything but dominant. The team is averaging a paltry 72 yards per game and their 2.8 yards per carry is the worst in the league.

Contrary to their nicknames, the explosive Chris Johnson has yet to dash to daylight, and the now-slender LenDale White has been getting smashed consistently.

Of course, it’s only preseason, but should we be getting concerned about the Titans’ uncharacteristic running struggles?

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