Assistant coaches from the Tennessee Titans spoke with local media today and had plenty of interesting things to say. In case you had a difficult time following along on Twitter or simply couldn’t be on your phone at the time, I decided to drop every notable tidbit in this post. I also provided some thoughts and analysis throughout. I hope you enjoy it.
#Titans OL coach Keith Carter on Dillon Radunz: He is doing a great job. Already he's played inside and outside. He'll go all day. He has the cool ability to power through to the next play and keep grinding.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) June 14, 2021
This is exactly what you want to hear about your second-round pick. Dillon Radunz appears to have a very different attitude, mindset and approach to the game when compared to the last right tackle this team drafted (yikes). Radunz should have a great chance to win the starting right tackle job right out of the gate.
#Titans Keith Carter on Nate Davis: He's taken really big strides. Every yr in the NFL he's become a better pro. I'm talking preparation, off-season routine. He's figuring this thing out. Next step comes down to consistency. The best pros are able to be good on a consistent basis— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) June 14, 2021
This is something that I love to hear. I’m of the opinion that few Titans players have developed like Nate Davis has over the past two seasons. He’s turned the right guard position into a strength. It was quite weak before his arrival. I fully expect Davis to continue trending in the right direction. It won’t be long before the masses are talking about him as one of the better guards in the league.
.@Titans QBs coach Pat O'Hara called the back-up QB battle with Logan Woodside and DeShone Kizer a "healthy competition"— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) June 14, 2021
This is great to hear from quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara. Logan Woodside has gotten pretty comfortable in the backup QB spot, but the truth is he isn’t good enough to not at least face some competition. The Titans haven’t created much of that at the spot in recent years, but it sounds like DeShon Kizer is going to get a legit shot this offseason. As he should.
.@Titans OL coach Keith Carter on Adam Coon: "He is athletic, he's tougher than crap, he works his butt off, and is smart."— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) June 14, 2021
The Titans are now working on the former @umichwrestling wrestler on his technique/stance/understanding.
"It will be fun to see how far he can take it." https://t.co/nE6RxzLcyx
This was always an interesting signing to say the least. Giving a former Michigan wrestler that didn’t play college football a chance at this level is a bit odd, but it sounds like Adam Coon is trying to make the most of the opportunity. That’s all we can ask of him.
.@Titans RB coach Tony Dews raving about RB Brian Hill (@Heezy2Liv5) as a person, and thinks he brings a lot of versatility to the group. He does a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield, Dews said— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) June 14, 2021
This isn’t the first time the coaching staff has sung the praises of Brian Hill this offseason. It sounds like he’s outperforming the expectations of the fanbase. There was very little reaction or excitement to this signing, but I’m expecting Hill to make the roster at this point.
It sounds like Julio Jones is exactly who we thought he is. This is good news. Insert smiley emoji.
#Titans WR coach Rob Moore: We have to have one of the biggest WR groups physically in the NFL, have to use it to impose our will on defenses.— John Glennon (@glennonsports) June 14, 2021
This was one of the many reasons I loved the trade for Jones. The Titans intentionally had one of the biggest and most physical groups of skill players in recent years. Losing Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith changed the dynamic, but acquiring Jones and drafting a big receiver like Dez Fitzpatrick should help the team keep that part of their identity intact.
#Titans WR Marcus Johnson has drawn the attention of WR coach Rob Moore. @Mojomdj had multiple catches last wk.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) June 14, 2021
"Marcus has done a solid job especially in the past couple of weeks. He has versatility to him, able to move around, play at a high level. He's done some nice things."
It’s early, but Marcus Johnson has routinely impressed during this offseason. He has a great chance to make the backend of this roster.
The early reports and return on rookies Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden have been positive. This obviously means very little, but it’s great to hear that the guys are engaged and excited about getting to work. I had many pre-draft conversations about both players and heard nothing but good things.
#Titans DL coach T. Williams: Denico Autry is all business, works his butt off and does whatever we ask him.— John Glennon (@glennonsports) June 14, 2021
I get the feeling that when we discuss what the Titans did to overhaul the defense this past offseason, we’re not paying enough attention to the acquisition of Denico Autry. He’s going to play some great football this season.