Sorry for not being so active with this! I was unable to write new articles for some reason, and it’s been very hard finding anything “news” worthy. Especially now that PK is no longer the ESPN guy for the Titans. “Reporters” going on vacations also hinder finding good stuff, but still, I have a job to do here, and I should have kept up with even the “fluff” pieces. I have failed you all. For that I am sorry. Alright. Let’s get to it!
John Glennon (he lives!) is reporting that Byard is eager for more “ball-hawking” in his second year in the NFL. The Titans signed the NFL’s best run stopping safety (per PFF) during the offseason when they inked Cyprien to the team. Cyprien’s ability to stop the run should now allow Byard to play more in the center field. Byard himself says he thinks the signing of Cyprien will free him up, and that scheme wise, he knows LeBeau is going to get Cyprien closer to the line of scrimmage. Don’t get it wrong though. Byard doesn’t want to become a one dimensional player. He says he is always willing to go down and stick his “nose in the dirt and get dirty.”
Quick Hit: Jim Wyatt’s mailbag.
Off-season drama alert!!!! Offensive guard Sebastian Tretola was released from the hospital after being grazed by a bullet. A bullet! What are you doing, dude? Safety first kids. #STAYOUTTHEHOODTRETOLA. He suffered a minor gunshot wound to his ankle/leg region. The Titans said in a statement that they were aware of the incident, and are thankful it was only a minor injury. The incident occurred out in Arkansas, and the police are investigating the shooting. Tretola is also currently engaged in a civil lawsuit alongside Tajae Sharpe for allegedly attacking a man during draft night. Things are on the up and up for Tretola!
Quick Hit: Three key training camp battles to watch.
Wyatt has been doing a “breaking down” series, and is now on his fifth out of ten...oops! I’ll link to the other four below, but for now, let’s talk about the latest group he previews: the offensive line. The offensive line was awesome last season. Lewan, Spain, Jones, Kline, and Conklin all rocked it. There are a few new faces along the line for depth, and some faces have left during the offseason. Wyatt’s “battle to watch” is Tretola vs. Levin...but something tells me Levin might have a “leg up” on the competition. Wyatt says to keep an eye on Spain. Spain has been a very pleasant surprise, and has done a great job since being awarded a starting position on the line.
That’s all for today. Happy reading!