Titans signed No. 70 overall pick CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a four-year contract. First-rounder Chance Warmack is now the Titans’ lone unsigned draft pick. Standing in at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Wreh-Wilson ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the Combine to go along with a 36-inch vertical leap and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Despite his solid measurables, Wreh-Wilson wasn’t an elite play-maker at UConn, and has a bit of an injury history. He won’t start as a rookie, but could eventually develop into a No. 2 corner.
Wreh-Wilson’s ability to learn is one of the first traits that’s impressed Titans assistant secondary coach Steve Brown during OTAs.
“One thing that really pops out at you quickest is how mature and intelligent he is,” Brown said of Wreh-Wilson. “Coming from Connecticut and being with Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni, he’s naturally used to more of a pro-style defense, but he’s still very, very sharp and very intense.
“He’s just absorbing everything. Does he have everything down 100 percent? No, but
Bernard Pollard has earned a reputation as a hard hitter, a Patriot killer, and a borderline dirty safety. This year, he has defined his plan as to “kill” opposing players… his defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has a reputation of encouraging such behavior and is walking a thin line with the league. The comments are innocuous but the league can’t be happy…
Tired of being pushed around and run over last season, the Tennessee Titans want to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2013.
So they got bigger up front.
The Titans had only one starter on the defensive line who pushed the scale to 300 pounds last season, so they brought in three veterans – all 310 or heavier. Tackle Sammie Hill really was their biggest signing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at a hefty 329.
Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Tuesday that offensive linemen are getting bigger with defensive linemen getting smaller isn’t good when wanting to stop the run. He says the Titans got some players that can eat up some space.
Tennessee ranked 27th in yards allowed last season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two sets of coaching eyes paying particular attention to the offensive line is a departure from standard operating procedure for the Tennessee Titans.
But when you consider that those four eyeballs belong to a pair of Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive linemen — Titans head coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews — then the ante has been raised considerably on a position grouping that underachieved last season.
I am managing my time as far as being involved with their meetings, the breakdown meetings, Munchak said of his concerted effort this year to spend more time coaching the offensive line, which he did 14 seasons as position coach for the Titans before becoming head coach in 2011. Last year, I didnt do as much of that. I kind of moved around the building and was in all the meetings — defense, special teams. So, I kind of cut back on some of that with my time.
The Titans wrap up spring off-season drills this week with a three-day mini-camp that started Tuesday
WR Nate Washington’s focus is to get the job done: ‘I have no problem with who they brought in or didn’t bring in’
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005.
He became the Steelers’ slot receiver throughout the 2008 season. Washington signed a 6-year, $27 million deal with the Titans in 2009 to become a starter in their offense.
He had his best year in 2011 when injuries hit the receiving corps hard, hauling in 74 catches for 1,023 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Washington will be in competition with fellow receivers Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, and Justin Hunter, but to him it’s no big deal.
As the oldest of the group, the soon to be 30 year old, Washington knows he has to perform well to stay in the rotation and he intends on doing just that.
“I am not worried about it, and never was worried about it, to tell you the truth,” Washington recently said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “At the end of the day, I am here, and I am here to do a job. I have no problem with who they brought in or didn’t bring in. It …
Tennessee Titans’ receiver Nate Washington will be turning 30 this year. Normally at this age in the NFL, you’re probably looking at getting replaced. Couple that with the fact that Washington shares the depth chart with 3 high draft pick receivers, two of them first-rounders, that is enough to have any player worried. Washington, however, is not worried about losing his job, according to JIm Wyatt of the Tennessean. I am not worried about it, and never was worried about it, to tell you the truth,” he said. “At the end of the day, I am here, and I am here to do a job. I have no problem with who they brought in or didn’t bring in. It doesn’t matter to me Washington shouldn’t have to worry, just yet. He is easily the best receiver on that team having led the team last year with 746 yards. While a low number, which speaks more about quarterback play than receiver, the fact is Washington still led the team despite the bad play from their quarterbacks. Need NFL Tickets? The post N…
Despite speculation that the Tennessee Titans could either trade or release veteran WR Nate Washington, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean writes that the team’s coaching staff still views him as important player this season.
HC Mike Munchak made it pretty clear that the Washington still has a role in their offense.
“He is our leader,” said Munchak. “We know how thin that position can get real quickly, and we have a good group to watch. Nate is very much in our plans.”
Tennessee used a first-round pick in 2012 on Kendall Wright and another second-round pick Justin Hunter this year. Kenny Britt is entering the final year of his contract, so it would make sense for the Titans to see if he’s capable of putting together a complete season before approaching him about an extension.
Washington, 29, is viewed an ideal role model due to his work ethic and overall commitment to the team, but it seems likely that he’ll have a limited role this season. Last year, he tallied 46 receptions for…
Tennessee coach Mike Munchak has used the last day of OTAs to take the Titans to the movies.
On the last day of organized team activities Friday, Munchak took the Titans to a sneak preview of the Brad Pitt film ”World War Z.”
Offensive guard Andy Levitre and fullback Collin Mooney both tweeted that they were headed to the movie.
Titans spokesman Robbie Bohren confirmed that Munchak replaced the final session of OTAs with a trip to a movie theater. Bohren says players and coaches boarded buses and saw the movie together.
The Titans wrap up their offseason program next week with a three-day minicamp.
2012 Record: 6-102012 DownfallDefensive CrashIn 2011, the first year with Mike Munchak running the show, the Titans gave up just 19.8 PPG, eighth best average in the league.One year later, Tennessee allowed 29.4 PPG, the worst in the NFL. How does a team allow 10 more points a game than it did the year before?Even if you took away the staggering number of touchdowns that can’t be blamed on the defense (four pick-sixes, a fumble, two blocked punts, and a kickoff return), Tennessee’s defense is still on the hook for 25.9 PPG, which would still relegate them to the bottom quarter of the league.Poor safety play helped tank the defense, particularly from Michael Griffin, who missed 22 tackles. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty held their own at corner, despite Tennessee being worst in the league in time-of-possession disparity, and that took its toll. The secondary really missed the volatile nuisance that is Cortland Finnegan.Ineptitude Renders CJ2K MootA look at the final stat…
Chris Johnson is often asked how many yards he thinks he can rush for any season, and the player nicknamed CJ2K always responds with the same answer: 2,000.
But Johnson says he is rarely asked about his team goals and gets tabbed as a selfish player for mentioning his personal goal.
Still, he believes he can run for 2,000 yards again and help the Titans make the playoffs. His ultimate goal is helping Tennessee win a Super Bowl.
The Titans also want him to have a big year and feel if he does the team will return to the postseason. The running back entering his sixth NFL season says it feels like he’s never been to the playoffs; the Titans’ last trip was his rookie season.
George Baker was a pure athlete in Miami when he was coming out of high school. He was an All State offensive player and at 5’11, 180 pounds he was a blazer. He never played CB until USF in college, but George turned out to be a very good player. He finished his 2012 season with 42 tackles, 5 pass break ups and several huge hits. George understands it will take work for him to make it to the NFL, but he has always had to work. George broke clocks at the USF pro day as he blazed up the turf. Baker is no joke people, he will be a huge steal for the Titans.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
- I had a little over 20 scholarships; I made my decision based on the relationships I built with the coaches, but most importantly when I went up on my visits the team atmosphere was the ultimate deciding factor.
Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
- Most definitely, I can remember stories my mom would t…
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with receiver Justin Hunter, their second-round draft selection.
The Titans announced the agreement Thursday.
The 6-foot-3 Hunter spent three seasons at the University of Tennessee where he caught 106 passes for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was second-team All-Southeastern Conference as a junior after 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns. His 73 catches ranked second in school history, while his yards were third best.
That leaves only guard Chance Warmack, the 10th draft selection overall, and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, their first of two picks in the third round, not under contract yet.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have liked what they’ve seen in two seasons from Colin McCarthy.
The thing is, they just havent seen the middle linebacker enough for their liking.
Ditto that feeling for McCarthy, who exploded onto the scene to earn the starting slot two seasons ago as a rookie and unheralded fourth-round draft pick out of Miami (Fla.). By the time 2012 rolled around, his defensive teammates thought highly enough of McCarthy to vote him captain.
But 2012 didn’t turn out exactly as McCarthy planned. He injured his left ankle in the season opener and struggled when he wasnt made inactive for four of the first seven games. When he finally made it back, he suffered a concussion and didnt play in the final four games.
“Thats my goal to play all 16 games and, obviously, be healthy and be available when my number is called,” said McCarthy on Thursday, claiming to have no ill effects from either injury that plagued him last season.
That would be a huge benefit for a Ti
Ever heard of the University of Regina? Well, me either, but defensive tackle Stefan Charles is a beast at 6’4 and 328lbs for the Tennessee Titans and attended the school. I think it’s safe to say with a good preseason, Zach Clayton and DaJohn Harris could be on the outside looking in.
Charles might look the part of a defensive tackle, but he has never actually played against top-notch players. The reason the University of Regina doesn’t ring a bell, the University is actually a Canadian establishment… Read more
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Chris Johnson is in fantastic shape. Of course, we did hear that same thing last year. I wouldn’t hang on this comment too much. Johnson played well under par in 2012. Although, this year could be different for Johnson. He’s playing behind probably the best offensive line in his entire career. 2013 might be his last chance to solidify himself as an elite running back. Need NFL Tickets? The post Chris Johnson reportedly looks to be in great shape appeared first on Pro Football Zone.