RTC: DaQuan Jones was overthinking

August, 14, 2014
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Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey is a part of former NFL GM Mark Dominik’s Ultimate NFL Roster , where he puts together 53 players but stays under the salary cap.

DaQuan Jones is trying to get away from that split second of hesitation as the rookie defensive lineman gets into the swing of things, says John Glennon of The Tennessean. “"It was my first game and I was overthinking everything and was playing slow," Jones said of the preseason opener. "That's just not me, and it's not how I play football. So in practice, my emphasis now is just getting off the ball, being as physical as possible and trying to make plays -- and see if that will carry over into the games."

Jake Locker had some passes knocked down early in practice on Wednesday, says Glennon.

Marc Mariani is upbeat despite a tough outing in the Titans’ first preseason game, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: Mariani’s attitude about such things and regarding his bid to make the roster is really good. I respect his approach. He doesn’t get ticked off when his status is questioned. He says he understands such thinking and works to change it.

The kicker competition is a concern, says David Climer of The Tennessean.

Long-snapper Beau Brinkley is both anonymous and secure, says David Boclair of the Nashville Post.

The final piece in a four-part series looking thoroughly at Locker’s potential. “Jake's shown enough consistency and talent in meaningful areas, that the Titans can probably find a way to scheme around his deficiencies, but at one point or another he's going to have to overcome these issues.”

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