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.
The Titans added to their draft class by signing 15 undrafted free agents. The full list of signees is:
C Kenneth Alfred - Washington State; RB LeGarrette Blount - Oregon; TE Gerald Harris - Mississippi; T Nick Howell - USC; RB Stafon Johnson - USC; DT Joe Joseph - Miami; LB Jacob Lewko - Pennsylvania; RB Dominique Lindsay - East Carolina; G John Malecki -Pittsburgh; C Kevin Matthews - Texas A&M; WR Mico McSwain - North Alabama; TE Steve Pfahler - Montana; FB Willie Rose - Florida Atlantic; WR Bobby Sewall - Brown; LB Patrick Trahan - Mississippi
Obviously, most of these guys have a very limited shot of making the roster, as the Titans the past few years have been about the hardest team to make as an undrafted free agent. The most obvious candidates from the above list are the guys at the position where the Titans are weakest, running back, so that means Pac-10 backs Blount and Johnson. A bit of an interesting pair, as both sat out most of last season.
For more, I thought I'd peruse the draft guides I have for more nuggets of info about these players:
As a result of this weekend's trade of LenDale White to the Seattle Seahawks, the Tennessee Titans are faced with an interesting situation at the running back position.
Of course, all-world runner Chris Johnson will continue to serve as the Titans' primary ball-carrier but behind him is where things get a bit intriguing.
Outside of CJ, the rest of the Tennessee Titans' running backs have combined to run for only 286 yards in the NFL. The paltry amount of yardage comes from two sources: second-year running back Javon Ringer and journeyman Alvin Pearman.