City Paper Camp Confidential

Monday, August 4, 2008 at 12:42pm

PLAY OF THE DAY: Tight end Alge Crumpler made what was arguably the catch of training camp, turning and hauling in a pass from Vince Young one-handed without breaking stride during the morning practice.

Crumpler might have made an even bigger play later on. Quarterback Vince Young, after a series of inconsistent throws in seven-on-seven was sitting by himself on a Gatorade cooler with his head down. Crumpler made his way over to Young, offered some words to the quarterback, then went and caught a touchdown throw on Young’s next pass a few moments later.

“It made me look like a good coach. I was trying to tell him to focus on the next play. That was basically it. It was media world. I knew everybody would be trying to snap pictures and see him with his head down,” Crumpler said.

Young said his frustrations stemmed from the offense’s struggles in the morning practice, including some of his own.

“I’m a competitor, and every time I step on that football field, I want to see us compete and work hard to get better. We’re not the type of offense that can come out and relax and take a day off and things like that. I was a little bit frustrated, because we weren’t all, including myself, doing what we needed to be doing in that morning practice,” Young said.

TOPIC OF CONVERSATION: Titans receiver Roydell Williams was placed back on the active roster and practiced for the first time since breaking his ankle in January. Williams did only one-on-one drills, but was a full participant in the afternoon’s lighter workout.

WORTH NOTING: The heat was a big deal, even in the morning practice as several players, including defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, had to sit out at times and get a cold towel treatment during the workout.

Also, a couple of lighter moments: Relentless defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch actually stopped short when Young approached him wearing the non-contact red jersey at the end of a scramble. As Vanden Bosch put his arms out to stay away from hitting Young, the quarterback went right into Vanden Bosch and chest bumped him.

And when Brandon Jones dropped a pass in the flat, while on the ground, linebacker Keith Bulluck stood over him and laughed before helping Jones up off the ground.

INJURIES: Justin McCareins continues to miss time with hamstring tightness. Meanwhile, cornerback Cary Williams was activated from the non-football injury list and was a full participant in practice.

Only kicker Rob Bironas and punter Josh Miller were absent from practice other than McCareins in the morning. Crumpler, McCareins and Jevon Kearse were rested in the evening practice.

LenDale White had some mild ankle and Achilles issues, and tackle David Stewart did not finish the afternoon practice with what looked to be a mild knee tweak.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Jacob Ford enjoyed a strong morning practice, even eliciting praise from defensive line coach Jim Washburn for his play against a run in team drills. He later came back and nearly recorded an interception in the morning work.

In the afternoon practice, Ford got his interception, getting between Young and rookie Chris Johnson on a screen pass and picking the ball off.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Keep improving VY!! You're gonna have a great season as well as the Titans! Win and go to the playoffs and WIN in the playoffs. Bring the superbowl back home to Nashville!!!!!!

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Super Bowl has never been in Nashville, so it would be hard to bring the Super Bowl back home to Nashville if it has never been here in the first place. If you are refering to the Lombardi Trophey, which goes to the winner of the Super Bowl, the Titans have never won that, so it would be hard to bring it BACK HOME to Nashville when it has never been here, either. The NFL doesn't give trophies to the Super Bowl loser.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jw, you know damn well what he meant. If you don't like to see praise for the Titans, I suggest you find a message board for your out of state team. GO TITANS!