Veteran FA safeties Abram Elam and Gibril Wilson came in yesterday to workout for the coaches. Elam has connections to new DB coach Brett Maxie, while Wilson was a standout player at UT who started his entire NFL career until 2011. While both guys might help us, I think at this point the Titans are more so looking to update their call list than actually sign a veteran safety who will compete for a spot on the final roster.
John Glennon writes about the DaJohn Harris' surprise diagnosis with a heart condition (patent foramen ovale - a relatively common condition where a hole in the heart doesn't close after birth as it should) at the NFL Combine, and how the UDFA defensive tackle is using the emotional firestorm to drive his quest to make the final roster at one of our more crowded positions.
Kenny Britt is one of the guys Don Banks says could bounce back big after losing most of 2011 to injury:
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee -- Turning in a pair of games with at least 135 yards receiving and three combined touchdown catches to start the season last year, Britt was well on his way to eye-popping numbers in 2011 when he blew out the ACL in his right knee in Week 3. If healthy, and the Titans expect to have him back by the regular-season opener, Britt is a legit No. 1 receiver who should make either Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker more productive as Tennessee's starting quarterback.
Britt underwent a clean-up arthroscopic procedure on his right knee this week, but it was done to address some swelling he has had in the area, and it's not expected to dramatically complicate his rehabilitation timetable. It might wind up making the Titans treat him with kid gloves in the preseason, but with Tennessee using its No. 20 pick in the draft to select Baylor receiver Kendall Wright, getting the rookie even more playing time in August might be a smart way to accelerate his learning curve and quickly integrate him into the offense.
Sounds like one of Jerry Gray's goals this off-season has been a task many of us figured was impossible here in Nashville: fixing Michael Griffin. Griff still has the ability to be one of the best safeties in the league, but he's quickly running out of chances to get back to that stellar play we saw in 2007 and 2008. If Gray can use this full off-season session to fix whatever the hell Chuck Cecil seemingly broke in Griffin, then this defense will be immeasurably better than we've seen over the past three seasons.
Tim Shaw lands in the second spot for the most special teams coverage unit tackles in the NFL from 2009-2011.
WTF? Really, PFF?
Country legend, and former maker of the best damned spicy sausage in the world, George Jones is in the hospital with a respiratory infection. While it doesn't look too serious now, it's never a good sign for an 80-year old man who has lived as hard as he has. One of my favorite stories relating to 'No Show Jones': Jones was supposed to record an old David Allen Coe song one time, but he got drunk and never showed for the session, so instead his bassist/pedal steel player jumped at the chance to sing on the track. That mystery man was Johnny Paycheck, and the song was "Take This Job and Shove It".