Kevin Mawae says he isn't mad at the Titans for not giving him a call, but he certainly sounds like he feels there's unfinished business between he and the front office. For the first time this offseason Mawae is saying that Jeff Fisher (who confirms as much in the story) personally guaranteed him a roster spot, even if it was as a back-up. Yet, here he sits with no offers as training camp gets under way. Reinfeldt has said recently that the chances of Mawae getting a look from the team are pretty small barring a major injury, and Mawae says it's a case of the coach and GM not communicating. You know what it sounds like to me? A case of a coach who lost a good chunk of his front office power after an 0-6 start on the heels of a 13-3 season. Lest anyone has forgotten, there were lots of rumors saying that Fisher's head was on the chopping block during the bye-week last year, and my bet is that Fisher lost a lot of his cache he'd built up after winning a power struggle with Floyd Reese several years ago. Truth be told, I think that's probably for the best, even if Mawae gets the brunt of it this time around.
Paul K says that the Titans owe Mawae a phone call, if only to make the veteran feel better. MCM could not confirm reports that the Titans front office is planning on sending Mawae a care basket including a box of books by Nicholas Sparks, a copy of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors, a leopard-print Snuggie and a puppy dog.
I said it on our podcast last week, and I'll say it again: If you aren't rooting for Keith Bulluck, it's your problem. He's everything you want in an NFL star, and he'll be missed as a citizen of Nashville, and a leader of the Titans franchise.
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As Jimmy posted yesterday, Derrick Morgan continues to miss valuable training camp time with nagging leg injuries. It's not time to panic yet, but I can understand why Gramsey has started construction on another wing of his doomsday bunker to house more jittery refugees.
Hey, at least Morgan made it on the field for a few drills. That's more than Damian Williams got accomplished this weekend as the 3rd round pick started camp on the PUP list.
John Glennon reports that Vinny Fuller made a rare appearance at the cornerback spot yesterday as the team tries to sort through the injuries that have depleted the position.
The thankfully-immutable oilerstitan points us towards this Yahoo! article that analyzes the Titans from a fantasy perspective, and gives perhaps the most glowing fantasy-forecast of Vince Young I've seen in a while:
At his current ADP (181.3), Young is really a no-risk selection. You're drafting him as a fantasy backup; if he continues to limit the negative plays, he'll be an asset in our game. His talent as runner has made him a nightmare for defenses that play man-coverage, and the rushing stats contribute significantly to his projected fantasy value. You'll recall that Young gained 552 yards on 83 carries in 2006, reaching the end zone seven times.
Hopes are high for the contributions Jared Cook can make to the passing game, but PFW's blind item round-up says how many live snaps he gets will depend on how Kenny Britt performs this year:
• Titans TE Jared Cook's productivity could be tied to how ready to contribute WR Kenny Britt is after a disappointing offseason, a source close to the team suggests. Cook, who has very good speed, has the ability to be split out wide and could be used more in that role if Britt disappoints, the way we hear it.
Contrary to what NFL fans who spend more time playing Madden then watching actual games would have you believe, Adam Jones never could play cornerback worth a flip. He made one stellar leaping INT against the Giants oh so many years ago, and that's about the extent of his defensive highlights. So, it's no surprise to hear he's getting thumped in Bengal's camp after playing in only nine games over the past three years and not logging an interception since 2006.
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