PFW talked with Marc Mariani, and he's focused on improving himself as a slot WR this off-season now that he's established himself as a threat on kick and punt returns. Special teams is what will give Mariani the time to show that the nice plays he made at WR last preseason were just a glimpse of what's to come, and he needs to make that leap if the league changes the kickoff rules like they want to.
Matt Bowen has been talking to people around the league about available QBs who could be an upgrade for QB-hungry teams, and one name is conspicuously absent: Vince Young. I'd say Bowen puts it best (plus I think we're all aware of my opinions on the subject at this point):
From the scouts and coaches I talk to in the NFL, he isn’t looked at an as option, an upgrade in the current landscape of the QB position in the league. There are questions that surround his game, starting with leadership skills. Can you see him as the leader of your locker room, your huddle? How will he handle adversity on—and off—the field? Can he take hard coaching? Realistic questions after the situations we saw down in Tennessee.
Plus, there are general concerns about his game on the field. Some in the league see a QB that has taken steps backwards in terms of the position. Footwork, mechanics, etc. Areas that haven’t improved. And anytime you hear the words "worth ethic" with an NFL QB in a negative manner, you start to wonder who is going to take a chance on this guy.
The PFF love for Jason Jones continues to pour in, as he's listed on their pass rushers to watch for 2011.
Terry McCormick delivers the (free!) TitansInsider.com report on Colin Kaepernick. The feedback from noted draft analysts Dan Shonka, Rob Rand and Tony Pauline pretty much reinforce my opinion on Kaepernick: he's a raw Josh Freeman with good intangibles and some physical gifts, but he's got a lot further to go than Freeman did coming into the league. Kaepernick is a big kid with a big arm, but his accuracy, timing, delivery and footwork aren't NFL caliber at this point. Sounds like a 3rd round project, not a quick fix, to me.
Bud Adams and Steve Underwood are counting on some Titans season ticket/PSL holders not understanding the benefits of compound interest.
Brian Mullen talked to some Nashville-based NFL fans during the NCAA tournament games yesterday, and the fan uneasiness with the league's lockout was palpable.
Paul K tags the Titans' best, worst and bubble draft picks over the past few years. Chris Johnson leads the pack, Chris Henry can't find the pack and William Hayes needs to step it up now that Washburn is gone, or he'll get the bust label soon.
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