When the Tennessee Titans decided to select Montana WR Marc Mariani in the 7th round of this year's draft, one thing immediately stood out: the fact that Mariani was a college teammate of Jeff Fisher's son, Brandon.
Somewhat overlooked was the reality that Mariani was a highly productive player in the Big Sky conference, which inevitably led to him being branded with the dreaded "hasn't faced top competition" label that many small-school talents face on draft day.
Last week, during rookie mini-camps, Mariani apparently made a solid first impression as he showcased his ability to catch the football.
Can Mariani overcome the odds and make the Titans' roster in 2010?
The Titans won't keep both Collins and Simms, which will change the depth chart. Smith should stick around, especially if he has a good camp. I'll have a separate article on him in a day or two.
Selected in the third round in last weekend's NFL Draft, WR/PR Damian Williams is already garnering high praise from the key figures in the Tennessee Titans' organization.
Head Coach Jeff Fisher stated that the team was considering trading up to attain DW but fortunately, he was there for the taking at pick #77. Most recently, GM Mike Reinfeldt teased us by mentioning the possibility of Williams developing into a #1 WR someday.
In addition to his tantalizing abilities at WR, Williams was also drafted for his punt return skills, which of course, is an area of great need for the Titans.
Although he's expected to make an immediate impact on special teams' as the team's primary returner, could Damian Williams also step up as a contributor at WR as a rookie?
[Ed.-Hopefully this re-post fixes the problem with the earlier post. Sorry for the inconvenience.]
I'll have another draft post coming this weekend, but in the meantime I thought I'd get back to my continuing series of how much the Titans' offense changed when VY replaced Kerry Collins as the starting quarterback after the bye week.
In part one of this little series, I wrote about how Kerry Collins and Vince Young compared statistically, and how Vince Young compared to quarterbacks of other teams who changed signal-callers at midseason. Part two covered how starting field position affected drives. For this third part, I thought I'd take a break from statwork and look at some actual plays.
Going back to part one, Young improved over Collins in a couple areas, and the biggest was probably interceptions. As a starter last year, Kerry threw 19% fewer interceptions per attempt than an average quarterback. This year, overall, he threw 10% more than an average QB. Back in 2007, Vince as a starter threw 22% more interceptions than an average quarterback, while this year he threw 3% fewer, and did better than that as a starter. So, given these stats, I thought it'd be a useful task to see how they each QB threw their 2009 interceptions.