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Friday, June 19, 2009
Titans' OTA notes: Cook, Britt and more

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- He should outrun linebackers and outmuscle defensive backs. The biggest question for Titans rookie tight end Jared Cook may be about whether he can consistently catch the ball.

 
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  Jared Cook has all the physical tools needed to succeed.

Friday at an organized team activities practice he was the target on two consecutive throws. Deep down the right side, he dropped the first from Kerry Collins. Then on a shorter ball, also to the right, he leaped acrobatically to corral a high throw from Vince Young.

Later as the second offense ran a two-minute drill, Cook caught a nice ball deep down the middle from Patrick Ramsey for a touchdown that significantly shortened the period. Let it be noted he should beat Donnie Nickey and Tuff Harris.

The best stuff I got on him after practice was from Alge Crumpler:

"I told him he's got to stay aggressive and lets the coaches know that those are the situations [stretching the field] that he wants to be in. He had some mistakes earlier in the week, earlier in practice but he's finished on a positive note.

"That's what we're trying to get out of him, a total mismatch. Nobody's going to run with him, we've seen that from the get-go. He's just got to stay aggressive and know that he's here for a reason, that he can make those plays.

"I already know he's faster than the linebackers; that's easy to see. He gets some work with the defensive backs a lot of times in the individual drill to work on his releases and some of his technique. It was tough for him earlier when he got in here, but I told him, 'They can't line up with you. You're 255 pounds, you're stronger than these guys, you're just as fast as these guys.' As he learns and gets better he should be a guy that can never be jammed out in space. You can only say that about a few tight ends."

A few more things from a largely uneventful practice:

Jeff Fisher continues to let the lines work off on their own, so the team periods were actually 7-on-7s.

LenDale White, who's usually kept his weight a secret, was asking reporters to guess and then advertising that he's 234.

From the 20-yard line, Collins three nice back-to-back touchdown passes to the back middle of the end zone to Justin Gage and Nate Washington.

I watched Kenny Britt in a drill in which receivers were getting off a jam from a defensive back and he looked as good as advertised, getting separated from Vincent Fuller pretty easily. His next turn, Michael Griffin needed to tug on Britt's jersey to maintain contact.

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