My Impressions - 05/16/14

Of the first day of Titans Rookie Camp:  First off, I want to start by saying I only got a chance to check the offensive guys.  So keep that in mind. 

Most eyes started on 1st round pick Taylor Lewan.  Mine too. He looked good to me in drills.  For a big man, he moves well.  He worked at both left and right tackle.  I was particularly impressed with his responses in the locker room after practice.  Lewan commented that he is happy the draft process is over.  And that he isn't happy about the fact that he was the 3rd tackle taken.  Taylor also mentioned being eager to play against the veterans, or as he described it, "the best of the best." 

But what impressed me most was when he said, "I haven't done anything yet.  I don't even have a permanent sign on my locker.  I'm ready to play ball and make this team." 

Something tells me he'll make the team...

Bishop Sankey also did some good things.  I liked his hands coming out of the backfield and catching passes.  He did seem to get called out by Running Backs Coach Sylvester Croom quite a bit though.  Perhaps that's because he will be counted on to contribute quicker than any other rookie. 

Sankey also seemed very thoughtful and composed when interviewed by the media for the first time.  I know he's done plenty of interviews during his playing career, but that first time as an NFL player can be intimidating.  Not in this case.

The other guy that I not only watched closely, but talked to is Antonio Andrews.  The former WKU running back struggled at times catching the ball.  He had a couple of drops.  But I've seen him in games, and the guy does it all.  Including catch passes.  He admitted that playing for the Titans has been his dream for years, and that he had opportunities to sign with other teams, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for the two-toned blue.  Don't count the Fort Campbell native out.  If the free agent can make a mark on special teams, he's got a good shot at making the team. Wouldn't that be a great story!  

We'll see how these guys progress in upcoming weeks.  For what it's worth, I'll let you know how I think they're coming along.  


 

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RICK SPRINGFIELD-YOUR BUTT IS FINE WITH US

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Rock musician Rick Springfield was a big hit at the opening day of the 2015 New York State Fair. So was his tush.

The singer best known for his 1981 No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" had been sued by a New York woman who said she suffered serious head injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her after he fell off the stage during a concert at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds in 2004.

In January, he won the seven-year legal battle when a state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse said the performer didn't injure the concert-goer.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that during last night's performance Springfield, who turned 66 Sunday, thanked fans for supporting him during the trial. One fan held up a sign that read: "`'Rick your butt can fall on me anytime."

PREGNANT METEOROLOGIST GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia meteorologist who went online to fight back against "haters" critical of her pregnant appearance has given birth to twin girls.

KYW-TV says Katie Fehlinger (FEH'-lin-jer) went into labor after her morning shift Tuesday and delivered the girls Wednesday afternoon.

Parker Janice was born at 12:58 p.m. She weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Kaeden Faye arrived a minute later, weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces

Fehlinger shot back at critics last week in a Facebook post, attracting national attention and support from thousands of people.

She wrote that the industry makes her an easy target for criticism. But she said it crosses the line to post "nastygrams" about pregnant women.

Fehlinger, a Lehigh Valley native, has been with the station since 2011.

WOMAN TICKETED FOR BREAST FEEDING WHILE DRIVING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 43-year-old Washington woman was given a $136 ticket this week for breast-feeding while driving.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/nxbX7D ) the woman was pulled over on Interstate 5 around 7 p.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a child sitting in a driver's lap.

State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis says that when the trooper approached the car, he could tell that the woman was breast-feeding.

The woman admitted she was breast feeding and had done it before because her 1-year-old son screams uncontrollably when he's hungry.

Francis says they had a talk about safety and parental responsibility and the officer issued a ticket for child-restraint violation.

Court records show the woman has a history of driving infractions, including using a cellphone while driving, speeding and following too closely.

NEBRASKA LOTTERY- SCRATCH AND SNIFF

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Even if it isn't a winner -- a Nebraska lottery ticket could still give you a good whiff.

The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game.

It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. The game offers three $15,000 top prizes and a total of more than $468,000 in cash prizes.

Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game "is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ever made."

Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Thursday that tickets are being distributed and may be purchased wherever they're offered.

POLICE TO COMPILE FREQUENT-DRUNKARD LIST

AURORA, Illinois (AP) -- The police department in an Illinois city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://trib.in/1IhxoVp ) that includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.

The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is west of Chicago.

Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won't be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.

 
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