Call it an eye-opening experience for the Tennessee Titans rookie class on Tuesday.
The Titans rookies mixed with the veteran players on the field for the first time, and the results were predictable, according to offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.
“We pretty much threw the kitchen sink at them. We were using the plays that the veterans were running, because we didn’t want to them to have to slow down, so it was all new to them,” Heimerdinger said. “It was a pretty eye-opening experience for them. I knew they probably would run the wrong route. We were just hoping they might line up correctly.”
The Titans have high hopes for some of the players, especially wide receiver Kenny Britt and tight end Jared Cook, whom they believe can be playmakers down the road _ the sooner the better as far as the Titans are concerned. But for now, Heimerdinger will settle for a little bit of recall when the team practices on Thursday.
“I’ll know more about whether or not they’re picking up everything in a couple of days, because we’ll repeat some of the stuff we did today and see if they can line up the right way and do it correctly,” Heimerdinger said.
Ready for the next step
Defensive end Jacob Ford had seven sacks a year ago in his first actual season with the Titans. But, Ford has a goal of doing better this season.
Maybe not better in terms of numbers, as he had 26 total tackles in mostly a reserve role, but Ford says he wants to be more consistent through a 16-game season.
“I just want to be more consistent,” Ford said. “I started out the year doing OK, and then I really came on at the end of the year. I just want to start out from the beginning contributing and build on what I did last year.”
Everyone else has weighed in on Albert Haynesworth’s departure, so defensive end Jevon Kearse put his two cents worth in when talking about his former teammate leaving the Titans for the Washington Redskins.
Kearse says it will be extra motivation for him and the rest of the defensive line to show they can play without Haynesworth.
“It’s a business. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. The show must go on,” Ford said. “It’s motivational for these young guys and it’s motivational for this group in here.”
As for the rehab on his knee, Kearse believes he will be fine after having the procedure done a couple of months ago.
“I’d rather be out on the field than doing this rehab, because the rehab is hard work,” Kearse said.