True Titans News Update: Kenny Britt’s Healing Waters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Although summer’s official start is a couple weeks away, Titans receiver Kenny Britt has already put more Kenny Brittthan a toe in the water.

Britt is trying to return from a torn ACL and MCL before the start of his fourth season, and part of his recovery has involved running in the pool. He said the aquatic training has helped him because of the buoyancy the water provides.

“Running in the pool, you relieve all the pressure of your body weight,” Britt said. “When you’re on the field, it’s all your body weight and all your pressure. The water helps you relieve all that pain and all that weight, so it felt good. I’m going to test it out on the field (today).”

Britt has shown explosive play-making abilities in his first three years. He led the AFC in receiving yards (271) and had three touchdowns after the first two games last season, but suffered the season-ending knee injury against Denver in Week 3.

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True Titans News Update: Chris Johnson Is On A Mission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chris Johnson is on a mission. The Tennessee running back insists he’s still the best in the NFL, and he’s working hard this offseason to make sure he bounces back after the worst season of his career.

Johnson has packed on 8 to 9 pounds of muscle as part of his strong commitment to the Titans’ offseason program.

It’s a dramatic difference from last year, when Johnson missed nearly the entire preseason holding out for a contract extension. He got his money, then the self-proclaimed best running back in the league ran for 1,047 yards. That was less than 13 others in 2011.

“I just know when I have been through the same things as everyone as far as camp and being on the same page as my offensive line, I feel like I am the best back in the league,” Johnson said Wednesday.

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True Titans Update: Titans Split Quarterback Reps 50-50 During Friday’s OTA

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.”

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True Titans Update: Titans Chris Johnson Adds Weight, Looks Forward To 2012 Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Johnson draped a toy wrestling belt over his shoulder as he began his media session Friday with reporters.

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.

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True Titans Update: Titans Offense and Defense Enjoys Day Of Competition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans competed has hard as any one football team wearing three different colors of jerseys and no pads could be expected to do on a cool Friday in June.And they loved every minute of the mid-day practice at Baptist Sports Park that marked the third session of a series of organized team activities that will resume next week.

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.

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