Well, so far, so good if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. Most of the news coming out of OTAs has been good, and that’s what you want to see as fans and as members of the media. There are no noticeable absences. The coaches, from what we can tell, seem relatively happy with what they’ve been seeing. Everybody’s thinking about getting better, and as good as this team has been after turning it on towards the end of the 201-2020 season, hope springs eternal.
When a championship window is opened, teams always want to move as quickly as they can. You never know when they’ll be slammed shut. You remember when the discussion was about how long the Seattle Seahawks could dominate with the Legion of Boom, Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson running around, don’t you? How did that work out?
That’s exactly the point. The Titans are one of the better teams in the AFC now, but momentum can shift quickly in the NFL, so this is a team that needs to act like they have to win it all this season and carry that attitude into every week.
Young Tennessee Titans are impressing at OTAs.
One of the better business models in the NFL has always been crafting a good nucleus of veterans and then, finding young guys (especially if they’re inexpensive and really talented) to fill out the holes and problem areas.
Two of the holes Titans fans were worried about coming into the 2021 season were the cornerback and wide receiver position, so there isn’t a fan of the two-tone blue in Nashville or anywhere else on Planet Earth that won’t be satisfied by hearing this.
Two of the young guns are really impressive, cornerback Kristian Fulton and wide receiver Chester Rogers. If that statement doesn’t convince you, here’s a second opinion on both, one that comes from Ben Arthur of the Tennesseean. Let’s start with a few notes on Fulton.
"During 7-on-7 drills, second-year cornerback Kristian Fulton had an interception return for a touchdown. He jumped the route of a short, telegraphed pass from Tannehill to fullback Khari Blasingame.(He) told reporters last week that he’s eager to show teammates and coaches that he’s prepared to be a starter and key contributor in 2021. It’s plays like the one (that) he made Thursday that will keep him on the field."
Fulton missed all but six games in 2020 as he dealt with injuries, so any news on the Tennessee Titans front that he’s thriving will warm the hearts of fans. Much is expected as he was a second-round selection in 2020.
Here’s the skinny on Rogers.
"Wide receiver Chester Rogers, signed to a reserve/future contract in January, was one of the more impressive pass-catchers during Thursday’s OTA. He had at least two catches in team drills, including a falling one off a dart from Tannehill over the middle."
Well, at least someone named Rogers is at camp. Sorry, that one was hard to resist.
Arthur also mentioned defensive back Chris Jackson as someone that caught his attention. A seventh-round selection in 2020 out of Marshall isn’t someone teams would normally bank on, but this young man has an excellent shot of making the roster (probably as a safety), as does the young wideout, Rogers.
There’s some concern about Tennessee’s readiness at wideout, and Rogers has both the size (six-foot, 184 pounds) and the in-game experience. In four seasons with the rival Indianapolis Colts, he played 1,881 snaps and hauled in 111 receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns.