As the Titans took the field for their day of training camp, two players were donning different numbers.
Running back Javon Ringer had discarded No. 3 in favor of No. 21, while defensive lineman Sen’Derrick Marks was wearing 94 instead of the 72 he wore during OTAs.
“Running backs can’t be single digits in the regular season,” Ringer said. “We talked yesterday, and the number that was available was 21, so I took it.”
LenDale White had had his eyes on No. 21, the number he wore in college at Southern California, but apparently would have had to pay a hefty price to the jersey manufacturer have the number changed from 25 to 21, given the No. 25 jerseys bearing his name that are already in stores.
“I wouldn’t mind switching numbers, but I know there’s a lot invested in that number . I think he has to keep that one, at least for right now,” Ringer said.
As for who was impressive on the first day, it appeared the defense was well ahead of the offense. Several passes were batted away in seven-on-seven drills and Chris Hope intercepted a Kerry Collins pass intended for Chris Davis.
Hope, Ryan Mouton and DeMarcus Faggins all broke up passes at various points during practice.
Collins also just missed Justin Gage on a deep pattern in team drills.
Vince Young had one nice pass to Jared Cook along the sideline, but too often seemed to settle for checkdowns to running backs on his throws.
And just to show that he is back in his usual form, Kyle Vanden Bosch put a punishing hit on Chris Henry during team drills.
Among the rookies, tight end Cook was getting plenty of work, and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks looked fast off the football in team drills.
With Rob Bironas nursing some soreness, rookie A.J. Trapasso, a punter by trade, struggled kicking field goals, missing at least three by several yards