Friday, April 23, 2010
Titans' LB depth gets a boost with Curran
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rennie Curran could have a chance reshape the Titans' linebacking corps. That shape wouldn’t be very tall.
But as Colts middle linebacker Gary Brackett, also short by NFL linebacker standards, often says, he doesn’t need to see the blockers, they need to see him.
Titans scout Cole Proctor said Curran is a special football player in a short package, who was the sparkplug of the Georgia defense and could be another Sam Mills.
The Titans have some uncertainty at linebacker, where they could have two new guys on the outside.
Stephen Tulloch will man the middle, but Keith Bulluck isn’t expected to be re-signed and a breaking-down David Thornton may not project to make it back into the lineup. Will Witherspoon will get one slot, and Gerald McRath is in line for the other.
Curran likely works as a key special teamer who could eventually work as a fill-in and would provide some insurance if Tulloch reaches free agency in a year.
Jeff Fisher said as a long-strider, Curran makes up for his height and covers a lot of ground. I don’t suspect that will be enough to help him close the gap on McRath, a well-liked fourth-rounder who’s got a one-year head start.