Monday, May 13, 2013
Titans rookie minicamp review
By Paul Kuharsky
Three of the four teams in the AFC South are coming off weekend minicamps for their rookies. It's a time of year when virtually everything that comes out is positive. The teams had different levels of media availability. But as best we can, we’ll review the primary players and themes out of those camps today. Our final look is at the Tennessee Titans.
The No. 2 pick
Justin Hunter made some nice catches at the one practice the media got to watch, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “After an early drop, he leaned and caught a pass inches from the ground. Later he snagged a throw behind him in stride with ease. He had several such twisting catches.”
‘A take-charge guy’
In Brian Schwenke, the Titans hope they’ve found the guy that can fill the void at center they’ve had since they parted ways with Kevin Mawae in 2009. "He’s a take-charge guy,” coach Mike Munchak said of Schwenke, per John Glennon of The Tennessean.
More visible Munchak
Munchak intends to get more involved coaching the offensive linemen along with line coach Bruce Matthews, says Glennon. I saw some video (yes, it's just a snippet) of Munchak working with the rookie linemen, and it looked as if the group had two coaches. Anything that helps the Titans get the most of their investments on the line is a good thing. But when a head coach gets involved with his old position group, it prompts questions about the work that position coach has been doing.
New to the South
Per Wyatt, third-rounder Blidi Wreh-Wilson showed good footwork and hands. He was "smooth in his backpedal and in the right position during drills.”
Wreh-Wilson was born in Massachusetts, attended high school in Pennsylvania and played at UConn.
“(Seeing a different part of the country is) something that I wanted to do,” Wreh-Wilson told Craig Peters of the team’s website. “I’ve never been part of the South ever, so it’s going to be a nice experience for me. Where I’m from (in Pennsylvania) is always Steelers, Browns and Bills, so you hear about that. Being part of the Titans, we’ve got a little bit of support in Pennsylvania now.
Six players who were at rookie camp for tryouts included Arizona State safety Kevin Ayers, the younger brother of Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers, said Wyatt.
Video of interviews
Chance Warmack, Justin Hunter, Lavar Edwards, Khalid Wooten, Kevin Ayers.