(Thanks to everyone who chimed in through email and in the comments to voice your supports yesterday. I texted with Jimmy a little while ago and he's safe and sound, and Gramsey missed the fun all together. I drove by LP Feild this morning and it looks like, for now, the water is stopping in the player's parking area just before the actual stadium. The Cumberland is expected to crest late today, so I'll update you as soon as I can get back down there or any news breaks. I'm a little further away from Baptist Sports Park, so if anyone has any updates on it's condition please let us know. This guy has a good collection of photos on his Flickr page of the water creeping into downtown last night and this morning. -AW)
David Boclair talks with Mike Reinfeldt about how the Titans use their safeties, and how that affects the type of player they target; specifically Robert Johnson. The main gist is that they don't stick to the old practice of distinguishing between free and strong safeties. Instead the Titans expect their guys to be able to tackle like a linebacker, cover the deep half and still cover the slot receiver one-on-one as needed. This write-up has some good bits on one of our picks, Robert Johnson:
Johnson has speed and is an accomplished high jumper. He averaged more than four interceptions for his three college seasons and scored two touchdowns on returns — one fumble, one interception — as a senior.
His teammates took to calling him the "Human Eraser" for his ability to cover ground and disrupt pass plays either with an interception or a deflection.
Fisher keeps going back and forth on this in his statements, but now he's saying again that CJ2K won't carry as huge of a load in 2010 as he did last year. I really, really can't stress enough how much I want that to be the case. It has nothing to do with CJ's size, and everything to do with the fact that we need to be developing other weapons and saving CJ for later in the season.
Follow us through the jump for news on VY's offensive vacation...
Vince Young is taking the entire WRs corps to either Houston or San Diego on his own dime so that the QB can bond with his new and returning targets. The backs and TEs are also invited, so hopefully Young and Cook can the Vulcan mind-meld going ASAP.
Most of the guys who are coming into camps across the league are giddy to just walk into an NFL lockerroom, but undrafted free agent (and son to HOF lineman Bruce Matthews) Kevin Matthews is already very familiar with the Titans' locker room. Another note from this story: Damian Williams was catching punts one-handed at practice last Friday.
In what's sure to be the hottest position battle in camp, it was Jason McCourty who was taking the first team reps at CB along with Cortland Finnegan. Mouton and Hill were the top reserves.
Xtrapoint Football's Hank Koebler takes a long look at CJ and the 30% rule. Also, while I agree with everyone who's saying CJ should get paid more, lets not forget the fact that he got a $3.86 million roster bonus this off-season... so no need to start sending old shoes and canned goods to the CJ2K poverty fund just yet.
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