Titansized News and Notes


Hey campers,

The summer is almost over (in the “school is about to start” and/or the “you’ll probably see all of your co-workers at work at the same time” sense) which reminds me of a few things:

First off, the summer really lasts for another month and a half (and if you have a membership to a local swimming pool, they’ll probably let you hang out until Labor Day).

Secondly, my favorite baseball team is still in last place in their division (23 games back) and building on an already impressive decade of futility.

Lastly, and most importantly, we’ve got some for real deal football to talk about. So let’s do a little bit of that.

  • After one pre-season game, and a Doug Williams reference, Vince Young still seems, at this point, to have his hold on number two on the depth chart. Young’s numbers in Sunday’s first pre-season game were respectable (50% completions, 39 yards, 1 TD and a pick that Lavelle Hawkins was graceful enough to take the blame for), but QB Patrick Ramsey was equally as mediocre playing with players significantly lower on the depth chart. Jeff Fisher has stated that he will try to create opportunities this pre-season for either Young or Ramsey to distance themself from the other, but I assume that it will take a whole lot for Ramsey to usurp Young as Collins’ backup. Tennessee still has enough invested in VY that I don’t Ramsey has the time to do that before the season starts.
  • Speaking of QB depth charts, Alex Mortensen (son of ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen) was cut by the Titans after his one series in Titans’ blue ended in an interception. Of course none of this comes as any surprise. As noted above, the Titans have three quarterbacks on the roster that aren’t going anywhere. What makes this roster move notable is the fact that Alex is the son of ESPN’S Chris and that the opening created room for our old friend Rocky Boiman to help address the Titans linebacking corps. Welcome back Rocky, I hope you make the roster.
  • The most exciting play of Tennessee’s young season was A.J. Trapasso’s fake punt turned into 40 yard TD scamper. My first thought was that while I know that Fisher and Co. like to execute 3-5 exquisitely timed special teams plays every season, what the hell were they doing pulling this play out three and a half minutes into the season before the season. Why were they giving this brilliant strategy away so early? Then I was introduced to the name A.J. Trapasso. Good for him, he made his momma proud. We gave absolutely nothing away, though. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m kind of embarrassed that for thirty seconds I thought that Craig Hentrich could run faster than I can.

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Tags: A.J. Trapasso Alex Moertensen Chris Mortensen Craig Hentrich Doug Williams Jeff Fisher Kerry Collins Lavelle Hawkins Patrick Ramsey Rocky Boiman Tennessee Titans Vince Young