Two of the newest Tennessee Titans offensive additions have yet to meet their starting quarterback, but are eager to do so very soon.
Wide receiver Justin McCareins, returning to the team after four seasons with the New York Jets, and tight end Dwayne Blakley, a former Titans NFL Europe allocation, said they are hopeful of meeting Young soon as they begin the off-season program and learning the Tennessee offense.
The off-season program is in its second day at Baptist Sports Park, but Young is away at the University of Texas, where he has re-enrolled in classes to earn his bachelor’s degree.
“Just watching him on TV, he’s obviously a hell of an athlete with a great arm and great legs,” McCareins said. “I hear he’s a good guy to work with and that he’s willing to get really comfortable with his receivers, doing extra things after practice and in the off-season. I just look forward to meeting him and getting to know him.”
The Titans offense has been looking for upgrades and improvements this off-season, after a 2007 season were Young threw just nine touchdown passes and was intercepted 17 times in the regular season.
Blakley, like another new Titan Alge Crumpler, has experience in playing with a mobile quarterback, having been a teammate of Michael Vick in Atlanta. He said that Young’s style should be similar and help ease his transition to Tennessee.
Blakley remarked that new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, back after three years away himself, wants to use Young in similar fashion to the way Vick was used to take advantage of his arm and legs.
“It’s a very similar style of play between Vince and Mike,” Blakley said. “I think Mike [Heimerdinger] wants to do a lot of similar things to what Atlanta did with Mike Vick in the past, so there are some similar things that can be done with both guys.”
McCareins, who caught just 42 passes in his final two seasons in New York, is hopeful that a return to Tennessee and Heimerdinger’s system can help get his career back on track.
“When I first game out of college, it was a great fit for me with Coach [Jeff] Fisher and the great group of guys we had and Coach Heimerdinger,” McCareins said. “I had a disappointing time in New York. I had a good time, and made some great friends and won some games, but it just wasn’t the same as it was here. I’m just glad to be back.”
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