Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher termed the club’s visits with running backs Kevin Jones and Ron Dayne Thursday as “get to know” sessions.
Fisher said after the Titans’ organized team activities that no signing of either running back was imminent.
The Titans also hosted offensive lineman Isaac Snell, a former member of their practice squad who was recently released by the Denver Broncos as well.
“At all different positions we have ready lists, whether it’s regular season or off-season, we’ve brought players in for physicals just to meet them,” Fisher said.
“We thought Isaac had some potential. We wanted to get to know them. Kevin Jones was a very good player and he had a knee injury. We just wanted to get to know them and keep our files updated.”
MUM’S THE WORD: Punter Craig Hentrich took part in drills fully on Thursday. Hentrich underwent surgery in early February and was slowed for awhile, but now appears back on track.
Fisher declined to say what sort of surgery Hentrich had, but the punter has a scar on the back of his neck. Fisher did say it was unrelated to previous neck surgery Hentrich had undergone a few seasons back.
“Craig is doing great. I’m not going into the specifics of the procedure, but he punted well and he’s doing well,” Fisher said.
HOPE HOPEFUL: Safety Chris Hope says his neck injury that he sustained against Cincinnati has healed after surgery to remedy a pinched nerve.
“Everybody around here is confident and I’m confident. No one is really thinking about it,” Hope said. “That’s what was causing the sensations I was feeling.”
Hope said he has no fears of coming back to football and is reassured knowing several players, such as John Lynch and his former Titans teammate Lamont Thompson, have had similar surgeries and resumed their football careers.
“There’s risks involved with everything, every time you drive a car. This is what I was born to do, play football,” Hope said.
That said, Hope says he will be limited in contact in training camp, saving the big tests for preseason and the regular season.
“I’m probably not going to hit nobody at camp. I may test it out every now and then, but there’s no need for me to hit my teammates,” Hope said. “The coaching staff and people upstairs have faith and trust in me that I’ll be ready when the season starts.
“I’ll make my presence known [in camp], but I’m not going to unload on anybody.”
NOT GIVING IN: Titans center Kevin Mawae, who is president of the NFL Players Associations, said the union isn’t keen on giving back anything already obtained in the last collective bargaining agreement.
“That’s usually the case with the owners, whether it’s us or any other union. It’s pretty clear that we’re not going to give back anything. That’s the stance the union has taken,” Mawae said. “I know that’s the stance we’re taking. We’ve fought to get where we’re at _ 60 percent of the total football revenue was a huge part of the last week. And we always want more. Anytime you go into negotiations, you always want more for yourself and more for your players and that’s always going to be the case.”
NFL owners voted unanimously to reopen the CBA, meaning the league could be headed toward a lockout after the 2010 season if a new agreement is not reached.
“It’s a reality. It’s a situation we face that guys haven’t had to face in the last 15 years. What does that all entail? It means being smart with your money and doing the things financially and in your personal life to be ready for that situation,” Mawae said. “Hopefully, it won’t get to that, but you’ve got to be prepared for the worst.”
IN HIS EAR: Linebacker Keith Bulluck wore the helmet with the earpiece in it Thursday, and said having defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in his ear wasn’t as bad as he anticipated.
“I thought it was going to be worse than it was. It was a different experience, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Now that’s without having 70,000 [fans] in your ear, but it was cool.”
Bulluck said he was used to looking to the sidelines, but said having the hearing device could be shorter and improve defensive communication.
Fisher said the Titans will rotate the helmet among a few players before making any final decision on who would have it in games.
“Keith had it today, and we’ll have somebody else do it tomorrow. We’ll continue to experiment with it throughout camp and get comfortable with it,” Fisher said.
OUT: Defensive end Bryce Fisher, an Air Force Academy graduate, is out of drills this week fulfilling his military obligations.
Receiver Roydell Williams did some light running on the side after practice, while long snapper Ken Amato continues to work on the side in his comeback from a knee injury.
University of California rookies Craig Stevens and Lavelle Hawkins should arrive in town by Friday, but it is not known whether they will be ready to partake in Friday’s drills.
Undrafted running back Omar Cuff still has school obligations at the University of Delaware and will not be at practice this week.
JUST VISITING: Former Titans tight end Erron Kinney visited Baptist Sports Park Thursday and has now moved into the vocation everyone expected him to upon his retirement from the NFL. For the past six months, Kinney has been working for the Gallatin Fire Dept. where he currently is captain.