It was a final chance for some Tennessee Titans players to make a lasting impression on the coaching staff and front office.
Was it enough?
For Dominique Edison, it certainly appeared to be so.
“It certainly hope so, but it’s not up to me,” said Edison, who finished with five catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. “All I can do is go out and control what I do. I felt like I went out tonight and am going to make a hard decision for them.”
He certainly did, as for the time being appears to have sewn up the No. 4 receiver position, which could be the third spot, until Nate Washington’s hamstring allows him back on the field.
Vince Young, who tossed an 8-yard touchdown to Edison liked what he saw of the sixth-round pick from Division I FCS Stephen F. Austin.
“He’s one of those guys that’s never been in a huddle. He’s always called plays from the wristband,” Young said. “For him to get comfortable, he’s already got great talent, and when you get comfortable you can showcase your talent even more.”
For other guys, they are hoping to be a part of the Titans roster that will be whittled to 53 players by Saturday at 5 p.m.
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who threw one of the touchdown passes to Edison, a 31-yarder on a go route, is hopeful he has shown enough to convince the Titans they need three quarterbacks on the roster rather than just two.
“We had such a lead and we were running the clock out, but I feel fine about it,” Ramsey said of a 5 of 8 performance for 82 yards and the score. “We’ll see. I’ll know something Saturday I guess. I’ve worked hard and I can hold my head up high because of it.”
That was a common theme for those trying to make that lasting impression to be among the final 53.
“Every day I’ve been here, I’ve just gone out and played my hardest, and that’s all you can do,” rookie cornerback Jason McCourty said.
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson agreed, adding, “All I can do is put it in God’s hands. My performance is the only thing I have control over. Other than that, you just have to let it go. … I’ve been in this situation before, and that’s all I can do is control my performance.”
Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt indicated that the club was just looking around when it brought in wide receivers Matt Jones, Jerry Porter and Samie Parker in for workouts Thursday, along with quarterback Cleo Lemon.
“We just did it in order to get background on those guys and get a feel for it. They did a nice job. Matt was good, Samie was good. They all did a nice job,” Reinfeldt said.
Reinfeldt indicated that no signing soon was likely for any of the players brought in. Of that group, Jones is the one the Titans would have the most interest in.
Asked if Jones could be added to the roster as final cuts are made within 48 hours, Reinfeldt said, “That wasn’t the plan, but you never know. Most likely not.”
It seems as if the Albert Haynesworth tampering investigation is very much alive, at least according to report from CBSsportsline.com quoting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Titans originally asked the league to look into potential tampering charges involving the Washington Redskins, with whom Haynesworth signed a $100 million contract.
But according to the report, the commissioner says more than one team could be involved in the tampering. Goodell did not name those teams, but Haynesworth has said in interviews that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants also pursued him in free agency. He signed with the Redskins about five hours after the free agent market opened.
“This is not limited to one team,” Goodell said in the report. “We're looking at the extent of teams involved in this topic for possible violations.”
Titans senior executive vice president Steve Underwood said he was not yet aware of Goodell’s update on the tampering situation.
“I haven’t seen what the commissioner had to say, but we’ll follow up with the league office. We have not been given any information yet,” Underwood said.
The Titans and Haynesworth reached a stalemate in negotiations, with Tennessee’s final offering being a four-year, $36 million package in January that was rejected by Haynesworth and his agent Chad Speck.
Running back Quinton Ganther left in the second quarter because of a calf injury and did not return to the game.
Other Titans who did not participate included running back LenDale White, rookie tight end Jared Cook, receiver Nate Washington, linebacker Josh Stamer and cornerback Ryan Mouton.
Long to UFL
Former Titans defensive tackle Rien Long has signed with the UFL Florida Tuskers.
Long, a fourth-round pick in 2003 and former Outland Trophy winner, played three years in Tennessee before a serious foot injury ended his tenure with the club.
Long was attempting to make a comeback the following year when he was injured in a serious automobile accident in Nashville.
Other players with Titans ties to sign with Florida on Thursday included offensive linemen Enoka Lucas and Fred Matua and defensive end Josh Savage.