First Practice in full pads
For the first time in 2010 the Tennessee Titans will practice in full pads says coach Jeff Fisher.
“It is just practice No. 4, but we are building. … Tomorrow we’ll step it up even more.”
Practice will start at 7 p.m. tonight because if heat concerns with temperatures during the afternoon expected to be near 100 degrees.
Practice will be open to the public with players signing autographs following the session.
Running backs workout for Titans
The Titans worked out three running backs on Monday: Tatum Bell, formerly of the Denver Bronco’s who has rushed for 2,773 yrads in his NFL career and 16 touchdowns along with Adrian Peterson who played collegiately at Georgia Southern and Keon Lattimore from Maryland.
Best Play of the day Tuesday
Second year cornerback Ryan Mouton made the play of the day yesterday when he intercepted a Chris Simms pass intended for Dominique Edison and returned it down the sidelines for what would have been a touchdown, that is until he was tackled by a player on the sidelines.
That player ? Quarterback Vince Young.
When asked about the play of the corners competing for the spot opposite Courtland Finnegan, Jeff Fisher admitted, he liked the competition level.
“It is real competitive,” Fisher said. “All three guys are working hard,” when referring to Mouton, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner who have all gotten work with the first team.
Morgan receives now treatment of injured calf
Derrick Morgan, who re-injured his right calf on Sunday, the same one which helped hold him out of much of the OTA’s is now receiving a new treatment team doctors hope will speed his healing process.
“In OTAs, I pulled one part of the calf and (Sunday) I pulled the other half of the same calf,” said Morgan, who missed his third practice because of injury “One had healed and I guess I was still sort of overcompensating, so that’s what happened.”
Morgan is receiving a new platelet treatment where his blood is drawn, put in a centrifuge that rotates at high speed. The procedure separates the red blood cells from the platelets, the blood cells release growth factors that help the body heal faster.
Morgan received one injection Tuesday and more in the near future. The treatment worked well when used on the calf muscle during the OTA’s.
Britt still experiencing drops
Kenny Britt, who accounted for a team-leading 701 receiving yards last season, and the game winning touchdown grab against the Arizona Cardinals is still battling dropped passes.
Yesterday during practice Britt made a nice move to free himself from coverage on a slant route, the ball delivered on time hit Britt in the hands, then hit the turf.
Britt suffered from drops at times throughout his rookie campaign last year, has hoped to become the teams No. 1 or No. 2 receiver but has been working with the second team since showing up over weight and out of shape for OTA’s.
“The biggest thing for Kenny is the consistency,” offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger said. “There just has to be more consistency to what he does. He can’t be on for one play and make something spectacular happen, and then off for four plays. He’s got to work on the consistency and that’s not happening yet.”
While Britt did report to training camp in much better shape than OTA’s, and has been impressive in his route running and other things he has done, the drops still bother both he and Heimerdinger.
“Focus is key to everything for me,” Britt said. “When you’re out there and you have the heat beaming on you, are you going to focus on the heat or the play? Are you focused on being tired? Because if you’re thinking about being tired, you’re going to be tired even more. So you just have to push all that stuff outside your head.”
“There have been times when I’m out there running my route and maybe I’m a little tired or I’m worried about my knee, and I’m not focused on the play,” Britt said. “(Heimerdinger) can tell if I’m focused at the beginning of practice because he knows how I am when I’m looking the ball in or just going through the motions catching the ball.”
Both Jeff Fisher and Heimerdinger are hoping that Britt will meet his enormous potential that caused the team to draft him in the first round or the 09 draft, something the Titans organization has been reluctant to do over the years, use a first round pick on a receiver.