HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK (on if Andrew Luck reminds him of other quarterbacks) Not really. You would never think he’s a rookie. I think he looks very comfortable. He looks like Peyton (Manning) on the play-action stuff. He’s very comfortable … Continue reading
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Matt Hasselbeck knows only too well how quickly a starting job can be lost. He is the player the Titans tried to replace with Peyton Manning in March.
Hasselbeck also likes to compete.
Good thing since the Titans kicked their quarterback battle into a new gear with their first on-field training activities this week. The Titans are letting Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, compete to be the starting quarterback this season. The veteran got the ball first in team drills this week, and Hasselbeck said he’s approaching this year as he does every year.
“The advice I give to guys over the years is you’re not really competing with the guys at your position,” Hasselbeck said Friday. “It’s probably a faulty view of things. At this level, you’re competing with everyone in the world they could find to replace you with whether they’re here yet or not, and you know I almost learned that lesson the hard way this offseason. That’s just reality.”
The 2009 NFL rushing champ added a title to his collection moments before.
“I’m the championship of the locker room in rock, paper, scissors,” Johnson said with a broad smile that drew laughter from teammates. “I worked so hard for it. I’ve been working for this since I was 3 years old. A lot of hard work — I give all my thanks to God.”
For the record, Johnson advanced through the tournament by casting a rock, then a scissors in the final round to beat reserve running back Herb Donaldson. While Johnson joked about hard work being the reason he won the schoolyard game that hinges more on luck, he’s been totally serious in the weight room and on the practice fields this offseason.
Players have been participating in a voluntary offseason program since April 23, but this week marked the first time that offense could line up against defense. The offense wore white, the defense wore blue, and the quarterbacks wore red, no-contact practice jerseys as coaches took players through position drills, seven-on-seven passing drills and 11-on-11 contests.
Mike Munchak continues to like what he sees out of first-round draft pick Kendall Wright, the explosive receiver out of Baylor.
“That is a guy we think is going to be special,” Munchak said.
Munchak said while it’s early in the process and the team is not practicing in pads, Wright’s competitiveness, energy and play-making ability has not gone unnoticed by the veteran players.
“We all knew we added a weapon when we added him and it’s just a matter of seeing where the best fit is going to be for him as we get towards the beginning of the season,” Munchak said. “I’m excited about him and the other young guys that have come in — so far, so good. It’s a good thing to start off on a good note and he has, so we will see how he develops as we move forward.”
Article Courtesy of Titansonline.com