Monday, August 4, 2014
Greene impressed coaches over weekend
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shonn Greene is on a plan with the Titans -- four practice days followed by a day off.
The day off, however, features intense conditioning work that is also helping him gain strength back in his right knee, which he injured in the 2013 opener at Pittsburgh. He had surgery after that, and again after the season. He didn’t participate in any offseason practices.
Saturday night at LP Field he made a big impression on coach Ken Whisenhunt and running backs coach Sylvester Croom.
“I thought he moved better than any time since the injury in Pittsburgh last year,” Croom said. “He was never back to 100 percent, he just gutted it out and finished the season. But Saturday night he showed some quickness and change of direction that we haven’t seen from him since the Pittsburgh game.
“He’s not 100 percent yet, he’s not in playing shape but we don’t expect him to be after all the time he missed.”
Green scoffed at the idea that the work he does on the side on the non-practice days is about anything more than conditioning. Whisenhunt said early in camp the team wanted him to drop five or 10 more pounds.
“I think on (Saturday) I saw lot more of what I thought Shonn was than I’d seen earlier,” Whisenhunt said. “So I think it’s going in the right direction. So we’re staying with that protocol. The biggest thing is strength, getting strength back in that quad, so that helps protect the knee and we’re working on that.”