The Titans assistant coaches held a video conference call with reporters on Thursday, as the team progresses during the early portion of training camp.
The media session included some intriguing nuggets from cornerbacks coach Anthony Midget, safeties coach Scott Booker, inside linebackers coach Jim Haslett, defensive line coach Terrell Williams, wide receivers coach Rob Moore, quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara, running backs coach Tony Dews, offensive line coach Keith Carter and tight ends coach Todd Downing.
Here are some highlights from the call, with some of our thoughts/notes on the more intriguing topics discussed.
.@Titans secondary coach Anthony Midget said the team is working several guys at the nickel/slot position early in camp. The team is in the early stages of sorting that position out.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
.@Titans secondary coach Anthony Midget raving about @JJOE2424 on video call. Said he's fit right in with the team, and has been a great mentor and leader for some of the younger guys. Said he's already developed a nice connection with @AdoreeKnows— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
The Kristian Fulton nugget is more coach-speak than anything, but it’s nice to hear that coach Midget has been impressed with him so far. We fully expect Fulton to be the team’s leader in snaps at the nickel position, but it makes sense that the team is still working through some things there. Veteran corner Johnathan Joseph was signed to also compete at the position, while serving as an excellent mentor for the younger guys in the room. Second-year player Kareem Orr should get a chance to compete for snaps at nickel as well.
.@Titans d-line coach Terrell Williams on @GrindSimmons94: He is moving around really good right now. We've been able to do stuff without pads, and he looks a lot different than he did last year. Excited about his future— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
Have we mentioned how excited we are to watch Jeffery Simmons play football this year? Good Lord, this man is about to go off in Year 2. All the talk about Simmons this off-season has been surrounded by the fact that he looks well past the ACL injury that sidelined him for part of his rookie season. Simmons is a candidate to be the team’s breakout star in 2020.
.@Titans ILBs coach Jim Haslett on @David__Long: He's instinctive, and he has a nose for the football Made a mistake the other day, cleaned it up. Showing characteristics of being a real pro. Excited about his potential— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
David Long Jr., is going to play some good football this season. With Wesley Woodyard no longer in the picture, Long enters his sophomore campaign penciled into the No. 3 ILB role. This team is obviously stacked at the position, with Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans set to once again dominate the snaps in the team’s base formation. Inside linebacker is one of those positions that requires depth, and the Titans are very fortunate to plug in a player like Long with such little drop off in talent.
.@Titans WR coach Rob Moore on Kalif Raymond: He just needs to continue to show versatility, and show big-play ability. He has to continue to make plays. Will have tough competition from @KillaCam_3_ and others— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
.@Titans WR coach Rob Moore on @rasharddavis6: Really showed smarts in virtual offseason program. Finished last year strong. Looking forward to see him in camp. (Davis was one of Vrabel's top performers of offseason).— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
The position battle at the back-end of the receiver depth chart is as intriguing as ever in Tennessee. The top three are locked in with A.J. Brown and Corey Davis starting on the outside while Adam Humphries occupies out of the slot. The battle for WR4 (and beyond) is going to be a good one.
Kalif Raymond opens camp as the favorite to once again play a meaningful role in 2020, but as coach Moore said, he’ll face some competition. Cameron Batson missed the entire 2019 campaign with an injury, but showed some promise as a UDFA in 2018. The team still has high hopes for Batson. There’s a reason his contract was extended to this season. Rashard Davis joined the team during Week 10 last season, and was a key player on special teams. By all accounts, Davis has had an impressive offseason. Mike Vrabel even named him as one of the team’s offseason Performers of the Year. This will be a fascinating battle to pay attention too throughout camp.
.@Titans RBs coach Tony Dews on @ItzLiveee: He has a receiver background -- played there in college early. Makes him more of a natural catcher as a RB. Also has ability as a returner. Likes his instincts. Excited about working with him and seeing him grow— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 13, 2020
Darrynton Evans is going to do for this offense what Dion Lewis was signed to do. If there’s one wrinkle this offense didn’t have down the stretch last season, it was a true pass-catching threat coming out of the backfield. Evans should give them that this season.
We will keep you posted on all the intriguing notes and nuggets coming out of camp.