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My Thoughts from Day 14 of Titans Training Camp - 08/13/14

Today is officially the final day of training camp.  So let me be the first to say Hallelujah!!!  Camp is over!!!  There.  I feel much better now.  And so do the Titans players.  And apparently so does Coach Ken Whisenhunt.  The Titans top man so happy with his team's work, he took the entire team to the movies this morning.  A nice gesture.  My only question is: why wasn't I invited? Anyway, here are my thoughts from today's practice...

1)  Is Justin Hunter going to be A.J. Green or Kenny Britt?  Or maybe Tyrone Calico?  It's starting to look more and more like the former.  Hunter continues to make big play after big play.  IN PRACTICE.  He had several more today.  Of course, we still need to see more of that in games.  And then there's still that nagging issue of consistency.  It continues to dog number-15 as well.  I feel like a broken record talking about Hunter once again.  But he continues to be one of the biggest stories in camp.

2)  For a preseason game, Friday's matchup with New Orleans is big.  Whisenhunt said as much.  Due to the monsoon Saturday night, the Titans couldn't do much of what they wanted or hoped to get done.  Titans coaches weren't able to evaluate the plays or players like they need to.  They will after marching into the Saints Superdome on Friday.

3)  Tackling, or lack of it, has been addressed.  I talked to several Titans who said they fully expect the issue to be resolved this week.  It's been a point of emphasis in practice.  And I'm sure in the film room as well.  Jurrell Casey, Sammie Hill and Bernard Pollard all talked about how embarrassed they were at the missed tackles and apparent lack of effort against the Packers.  Sure, some of it had to do with the weather.  A lot of it didn't.

There are still many more questions than answers surrounding this team right now.  It will be interesting to see if some or any of them will be answered in N'awlins. Whisenhunt said he isn't sure how much the starters (read: Jake Locker) will play.  My guess is more than he would have thought 5-days ago.  Same goes for the rest of the 1st-stringers.  Should be an interesting game.  I know I'll be watching very closely.  Particularly for a preseason game.  I'll have more of my thoughts then!

 

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