NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three thoughts following Titans’ training camp practice this afternoon:
Relative unknown Pannel Egboh has been working at least some with the first team at defensive end, at the expense of Derrick Morgan. Sure, it’s a partial reward for Egboh, who’s been “awesome” according to pass rush coach Keith Millard. But it can’t come without a dig at Morgan, a first round pick from 2010 who’s healthy and should be entrenched as a starting spot even if he’s more of a pass rush specialist at this point. Mike Munchak said it’s an example of the team continuing to mix up the lineup and roles and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray went the route of selling that the Titans have five starters at defensive end, apparently unfamiliar with space and lineup restrictions. If Egboh’s great, that’s great. But Morgan’s got to be good enough to get a bigger share of the work.
Odds are high that Matt Hasselbeck will get the start Saturday night in Seattle, at least in part for sentimental reasons. He played from 2001 through 2010 for the Seahawks and the league clearly scheduled the game in part because the Titans are loaded with connections to the Seahawks and Washington connections. That includes Hasselbeck’s competition, Jake Locker, who played collegiately at Washington. As for what a guy getting the start in the preseason opener will mean in the quarterback competition, Munchak said “nothing.”
Fernando Velasco is now the lead guy at center with Eugene Amano gone for the year. Velasco, Hasselbeck and Munchak all fielded questions about the most important adjustment the quarterback have to make to the new guy snapping the ball. The answers varied from the center-QB exchange, to making silent counts work to the line calls. Velasco said he wants to authoritatively make calls, even if they include an occasional mistake. “Go with the call, if it’s wrong, we’re wrong together,” he said. “Don’t be scared of pulling the trigger on certain calls.”