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Tennessee Titans Morning Links: Blue Chippers Edition

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Tennessee_titans_30x21 Kenny Britt is getting a look at punt return duty.  I seriously doubt the coaches get him to do this in a real game, but it shows the kind of 'put me in wherever coach' attitude that Fisher loves to see in a rookie.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Mike Lombardi at the National Football Post takes a look at who in the AFC South qualifies as a 'blue chip' player.  For the Titans it's Michael Roos, Chris Johnson and Cortland Finnegan; with Bulluck, Griffin, Brown and Boom King being right on the cusp.  If you swapped Chris Hope in there for Tony Brown I'd agree with that list a whole lot more... and Griff is definitely a blue chipper.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 The Titans vs. Steelers game that opens the season on Sept. 10 will be preceded by a free concert featuring Tim McGraw and The Black Eyed Peas because the NFL hates my ears.

Follow us through the jump to find out who almost redeemed national football reporters everywhere with his tremendous Titans training camp report...

Tennessee_titans_30x21 After hammering the national and local press for their lax coverage of training camp, Don Banks goes and proves us slightly wrong by turning in a great write-up of Titans camp.  To bad he was only here for a few days.  After an offseason that some saw as a little more lackadaisical than expected, it's great to hear things like this:

2. All you have to do to get a strong reaction from a Titans player this camp is mention the word "Baltimore.'' Tennessee's players are still smarting from their playoff-opening homefield loss to the Ravens in the AFC divisional round, and that's the way they want it in the wake of last season's 13-3 regular season and one-and-done playoff appearance. Suffice to say the theme of unfinished business hangs heavily in the air.

"There's almost nothing good that came from that Baltimore game, other than the fact that guys were in that next week working hard,'' Titans right defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch told me. "We had a bad taste in our mouth. Even though we went [an AFC best] 13-3 last season, nobody feels like we accomplished anything. That's the one bright spot, with the way the season ended last year, nobody's satisfied around here.''

Tennessee_titans_30x21 The scribes at the Tennessean have unveiled a new feature: a stock report that offers quick updates on players' recent performance.  It looks like it will he  updated very regularly.  That counts as cutting edge innovation at a Gannett newspaper.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Donnie Nickey and Ryan Fowler were fined $5,000 each for illegal hits in the Hall of Fame Game.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Hal pointed it out in yesterday's Camp notes, and it made an impression on Terry McCormick too: TE Craig Stevens was involved in multiple shoving matches yesterday as he tries to carve out a spot near the bottom of this crowded roster.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 And finally, Jimmy is gone to the Windy City today to watch his beloved Cubs today (any readers in Chi-town?), so make sure you keep an eye out for him on WGN.  Hopefully with Jimmy in the house, they'll class the place up a little!


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