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News » Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15


Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15


Tennessee Titans Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
There appears to be at least a chance that wide receiver Drew Bennett, one of the most popular players in the team's first 10 years in Tennessee, could make a return engagement with the Titans.


Bennett was in town to take a physical for the Titans on Monday, which he passed, and sounded optimistic about the potential of re-signing with the club he departed after 2006 for a six-year, $30 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams released Bennett earlier this off-season after an injury-plagued 2008 where he caught just one pass and landed on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Bennett, 30, said he is fine with being a role player in his return engagement with the Titans, if it happens.

"I feel like if something gets done here that I can come in and help complement the guys they have," said Bennett, who was released in March by the St. Louis Rams. "I know they have a lot invested in guys like Nate (Washington) and Justin Gage and also the first-round pick (Kenny Britt). But I think I could come in and compete and complement those guys, maybe fill in some holes and work in certain packages."

The Titans made no commitment to an imminent deal with Bennett, but coach Jeff Fisher indicated that he believes Bennett, who has also visited Cleveland and Atlanta, could contribute in some fashion to the Tennessee offense.

--DT Tony Brown, expected to take on more of a leadership role on the defensive line with Albert Haynesworth gone, has already taken Haynesworth's locker in the upper corner of the locker room.

"I told him once he left that I was going to take over the locker," Brown said, noting that it was a better location for the gigantic stereo system speakers that sit above his locker.

On a more serious note, Brown said he is recovering ahead of schedule from shoulder surgery performed in January. Brown is still limited to individual work in OTAs because of the shoulder.

"The shoulder is coming along good. I'm actually farther along than I'm supposed to be. I'm just taking it day by day and doing what the trainers ask me to do," Brown said.

--Pro football players being consummate competitors, always are battling against each other in some sort of game, even in the locker room.

There are always video games playing, while in the past card games, dominos and even chess have found their way into the Titans locker room.

But last week, a new game emerged, courtesy of CB Cortland Finnegan.

"Cornhole," a game involving two rectangular raised wooden platforms with a hole cut out and bags filled with corn, was the game of choice at Baptist Sports Park during OTAs.

"I bought it at a Special Olympics auction, and I started to take it home, but I decided to bring it in here and have fun with it," Finnegan said. "I just thought I'd bring it out to have a good time."

Finnegan and safety Michael Griffin quickly challenged each other, with each winning once, before teaming up to take on all comers.

In fact, the game is perhaps making too much of an impact in the locker room, as the noise was interrupting QB Kerry Collins media session. When asked about the game, Collins joked, "This is the first day, but I'm about tired of it already. The only sport I want to play today that involves a hole is golf."

--WR Nate Washington, the free agent signee from Pittsburgh the Titans hope upgrades their receiving corps, admits the learning curve in the Tennessee offense is a bit tougher than he imagined. Specifically, Washington has had to break old habits he learned with the Steelers as he works his way into offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger's timing system.

With the Steelers, according to Washington, receivers had to be mindful of Ben Roethlisberger's scrambling to buy time and often would have to adjust their routes accordingly to await the throw. With Kerry Collins and the Titans, there is little to no scrambling, only being in a designated spot on time to receive the pass.

"I'm so used to running a route and then getting open, whereas here, you're running to get open. I think it's going to work," Washington said. "Kerry has been working with me. Vince (Young) has been working with me. The quarterbacks have been working with me. Coach Dinger and Coach (Fred) Graves have been doing a good job of letting me know this is how it goes around here, and I've just been adjusting to it."

The biggest adjustment, he says, is simply getting in and out of his breaks at the right time to be in position to make the reception.

"You've got to get out of your breaks quicker, and my angles are different from what they would have been in Pittsburgh," Washington said. "Even so much as a curl, you'd run a curl, but then sometimes you'd flatten out because Ben would run. But here, you curl, and boom, it's right there."

--LB Keith Bulluck has been away from organized team activities for much of the past couple of weeks, tending to personal matters. But coach Jeff Fisher is not worried about the veteran, who is entering his 10th NFL season, not being in attendance.

"He's got some issues he's tending to. I'll be talking to him the next couple of days. I'm not concerned. I'm sure if he could be here, he would be," Fisher said.

Bulluck has often been a player who was not a regular at OTAs at times in the past in his career, but has cleared these absences with his head coach in advance.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That might be the biggest game of my career. I've been praying about it day in and day out. That game might be bigger than the Super Bowl (for me), because not only do I get to play against the defending champs and the No. 1 defense, but I get to play against guys I consider brothers for the past four years." -- WR Nate Washington on opening the season Sept. 10 against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: May 15, 2009

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