Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

The Titans haven't drafted an offensive lineman on the first day of the draft since 1999 (G Zach Piller, third round), and you have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the last time they used a first-round pick on an offensive tackle (Brad Hopkins). Instead, the team has drafted linemen in the second day and turned them over to offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who has developed players like G Benji Olson and C Justin Hartwig into dependable starters. But the Titans now have a hole at RT following the release of Fred Miller, and his replacement -- or Hopkins' eventual replacement -- could come out of this year's draft class. Florida State's Alex Barron, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown and Washington's Khalif Barnes are all top-notch prospects the team might consider.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Returning Players

After having many players on the injured list, Tennessee is looking forward to having a more solid 2005 team that had a few holes in 2004. One of these holes was Tank Williams. Strong safety Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury in a game against the Chicago Bears.

"I remember how I was playing in that game and I want to get back to that point and beyond. That's my focus, that's my goal, and that's what drives me. I'm going to do whatever it takes to keep improving."
- Tank Williams

After ruining his ACL, Williams has been steadily recovering knowing that he will be back in time for the 2005 season. With other players rehabilitating along, Williams has spent a decent potion of his off-season at the Baptist Sports Park.

“We’re going through a steady process and there’s a lot of guys over here doing pretty much the same thing as myself, so I have some people to work with. It’s coming along well. I haven’t had any setbacks. It’s looking good for me to be able to come back next season.”

Before his injury, Williams was well underway to create a career season. Hopefully, he will come back rested and ready to play.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Tyrone Calico

After a very long span of rehabilitation, the Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico looks like he is going to be back. Calico missed practically all of last season due to injuries sustained to both knees, but he is looking at it positively and should be back and ready for action during July’s training.

“I think it’s going as planned right now. It’s month five and I’m running. Things are going pretty smooth right now. I’ll definitely be back for training camp. That will probably be around 10 months since my surgery, so I think I’ll be ready for camp.”
- Tyrone Calico

Calico’s rookie year he posted 18 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns. After his rookie year, he took a hit during a preseason game from Roy Williams and wound up missing most of the next year.

Calico stacks up impressive numbers and he is coming back as a starter. Hopefully, his knees will be fine after all the surgery and rehab.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

The Titans haven't used a first-round pick on an offensive lineman since selecting T Brad Hopkins in 1993, and G Zach Piller was their last first day selection (in 1999). This year things must change. After releasing T Fred Miller last month, the team is hurting on the right side. Jacob Bell is a candidate to fill in, but he's recovering from knee surgery and played last season at LG. After two seasons as back-up, T Todd Williams still isn't ready. A number of draft eligible players could step in and make an immediate contribution, players like Florida State's Alex Barron, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown or Washington's Khalif Barnes.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Jarrett Payton

Jarrett Payton is going on a European tour in order to join the Amsterdam Admirals. Just recently, Payton left for Tampa Bay in order to begin European Training camp. He is going to try to help the Admirals in the NFLE achieve victory in the World Bowl.

"I'm expecting to come over here and do big things. I want to really show that I can play and help Amsterdam win and go to the World Bowl. That's what I set as my goal before I came over here."
- Jarrett Payton

Payton spends the next few weeks in training in Tampa and will arrive in time for a home game against the Rhein Fire on Saturday, April 2.

2004 preseason w/ the Titans:

  • 24 carries
  • 103 yds
  • 4.3-yard avg.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Tennessee Updates

Jacob Bell will be taking on a position for RT Fred Miller, who has become a cap casualty. Bell is a very good player who has great versatility, but he is coping with an ACL injury that should be recovered before season play.

Troy Fleming will also be filling gaps. Fleming will be taking on FB Robert Holcombe’s position and will do so with resourcefulness; being able to turnaround and catch the ball just as well.

Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson, two cornerbacks no longer with the Titans, also will need to be replaced. Andre Woolfolk will be taking on one of the positions. The other will be filled during the draft. We just have to wait and see what happens.

As of now, Tennessee needs all the help they could get. They ended last year being fourth in their division (5-11). Let’s hustle fellas.