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NASHVILLE -- Nineteen Titans rookies practiced twice Friday. The second session was open to the media and held in the practice bubble because it was pouring outside.
With such limited numbers it was far easier to get impressions of skill guys than linemen or, say, fourth-round linebacker Gerald McRath, the lone player at his position.
Even these early impressions do not mean a lot given the context, so please don't get overly excited about any of this.
Here then are five quick observations and notice of one more to come:
1. Receiver Kenny Britt looked the part of a first-rounder, carrying himself with confidence, breaking down comfortably and making several nice catches. Jeff Fisher called "Rutgers vs. Rutgers" on the final play of a passing period and Britt lined up against college teammates Jason McCourty, a sixth-round pick.
Quarterback Alex Mortensen threw it up in the back left corner of the end zone from 12 yards and Britt did just as advertised -- he went up and got it with a twisting, acrobatic catch. It was the sort of grab the Titans rarely got last season.
Alas, it was incomplete, as Britt came down with one foot out of bounds.
"Last year it would have been good," Fisher said of college's one-foot rule.
2. Third-round tight end Jared Cook looks very much like a receiver.
Fisher said he could envision Cook adding 15 to 20 pounds to his 6-5, 246-pound frame. Cook's arms are very long and he ate up over-matched seventh-round safety Nick Schommer in a few one-on-one chances. In combination with Britt, the Titans sure look to have upgraded their quotient of go-up-and-get-it pass catchers.
3. Fifth-round running back Javon Ringer was not well-served by getting No. 3 on his uniform. It makes him look very narrow. He said he hasn't seen what he looks like in it yet, but laughed about it after practice, saying he definitely aspires to a two-digit number, hopefully in the 20s.
4. Sixth-round receiver Dominique Edison made a couple nice catches in one-on-ones by coming back to the ball and going to the ground to collect passes.
5. Third-round cornerback Ryan Mouton is almost fully recovered from a hamstring injury, but coaches told him to be smart and he didn't do much at full speed.
That left room for McCourty to take the lead in some instances, and he looked comfortable doing so. He said the attention Britt drew as a prospect definitely increased opportunity for him to make his case to NFL scouts. McCourty has nice size and looked to transition into and out of his backpedal and break on balls well.
Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Mitch King gets a blog entry of his own. Look for it soon.
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