John Glennon recaps the unofficial workout held by the Titans players yesterday, which sounds like it went about as expected. The scheming was vanilla (which must have been pretty damned familiar to the returning defensive players), and the focus was more on bonding and warming up for the serious workouts that will come when the lockout is lifted.
Lost in the tumultuous offseason of the Titans' time in Nashville is the brewing storm regarding Chris Johnson's contract situation. He held out of workouts last offseason to force the front office to pay him, but the final solution was a band-aid solution to a potentially gaping wound. At camp yesterday, however, CJ2K was keeping the focus on playing football. Honestly, after a year and a half of sometimes selfish-sounding statements, which have often been blown way out of proportion, it's refreshing to hear CJ saying all the right things again:
"I didn’t come out here to prove a point or anything like that,’’ Johnson said. "I’m really not worried about (a new contract) right now to be honest. That’s not on my mind. At the time my mind is being in shape and being ready with the lockout is over with. I want to get better, and get the team better as a whole — we haven’t been to the playoffs in two years."
Nice going, Donnie Nickey. If you hurt one wispy hair on that kid's head I'll give your new restaurant an epically vicious thrashing on UrbanSpoon. Don't think I won't do it... I'm crazy when I have a thin veil of anonymity to hide behind!Derrick Morgan let Glennon in on the scant amount of insight on the new defense he's gotten from the coaching staff, and the focus is on repairing the battered Titans rushing defense.
For the second season in a row, Javon Ringer is facing competition from another younger, bigger running back. Last year he survived the competition with Blount, but Harper comes in with less baggage and attitude questions than Blount did last year. At this point you have to expect that the new staff is going to like Ringer's attitude and well-rounded game, but it's Harper who could eat into the more bruising carries the last staff wasted on CJ and Ringer.
Jake Locker finally threw to most of his new teammates, and the first impressions were positive after practice. CJ2K also stated that he expects Locker to start on week one, which makes me really happy CJ isn't in charge of personnel.
The fallout from Kenny Britt's embarrassing brush with the cops is going to hurt his public persona more than his pocket book since he pled guilty to careless driving and received a brutal $478 fine. I'll bet Kenny spent more on the flight to and from NJ than his fines ended up being.
NFL.com's Steve Wyche was out at the practice yesterday, and he delivers some video as well.
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