Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee where the Titans conducted their 2rd to final open practice of the 2012 training camp. The final practice will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Not a whole lot to talk about so this blog will be short. Look for a few short blogs on positions and people of interest over the next few days, including one on Kenny Britt.
First, let me say I continue to be impressed by this year's group of wide receivers. Kendall Wright is every bit as advertised in practice. Let's hope that translates to game time because this guy can play.
Also, I continue to be impressed with La'Quinton Evans. Officially listed at 6' 1" and 203 the guy is hard to defend. I watched two separate defensive backs commit pass interference trying to keep that guy from getting the ball. I will certainly look to see how he performs on Friday night. He might just get one of my WR slots in my first mock roster.
I took particular care to watch Coty Sensabaugh. The cousin of Gerald Sensabaugh and a rookie out of Clemson he is from Kingsport, Tennessee and if I'm not mistaken he has ties to our defensive backs coach, Brett Maxie. This guy has really nice footwork he just needs a bit more awareness. He also seems a bit tight in the hips. I look forward to catching that guy in some preseason games and seeing how he operates in game situations.
Also, I seriously do not understand Sen'Derrick Marks starting over Karl Klug. Klug, coming off a stellar rookie season clearly has no reason to be playing second fiddle to Marks who has spent 3 fairly unremarkable seasons with the Titans. Only his 2011 season was worthy of note where he posted 44 tackles, a half sack, a career-high seven quarterback pressures, three tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.Those stats were taken directly from the Tennessee Titans website. You can find it here http://www.titansonline.com/team/roster/Sen%27Derrick-Marks/26fae9b6-6e8d-4366-8c9e-02ba762feaed.
In contrast, here are Karl Klug's stats, also taken directly from the official Tennessee Titans website.
• As a rookie in 2011, Klug compiled a team-high seven sacks. The total tied for sixth place in sacks among all NFL rookies, tied for fourth among all NFL defensive tackles, and led all NFL rookie defensive tackles.
• During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career. Tallied 140 tackles, including 31 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Is Tracy Rocker, an Auburn alum, showing favoritism toward his fellow alumnus? Maybe so. Otherwise, there is no good reason why Karl Klug is not starting. Period.
Other notes: The Titans just signed Michael Jasper and Jonathan Palmer to the offensive line. I am quite curious to see how the offensive line evolves. Once a source of strength, the line has come under fire in recent years and rightfully so. This will be another area of interest to watch for Friday night.
As always, please feel free to comment and make suggestions. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog.