Derrick Morgan Thrilled to be Back on Field


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Derrick Morgan is on the comeback trail.

While the Titans outside linebacker isn't 100 percent yet, he's getting closer. Being back on the field has given him an extra bounce in his step after missing the final six games last season.

"I feel good,'' said Morgan, who finished last year on Injured Reserve after suffering a torn labrum in October. "I haven't been cleared for camp, but I'll be back for camp and ready to go.

"Just being back out there, it's huge. The camaraderie and building the chemistry with teammates is important. It's great to be back in the fold and working toward a common goal together."

In organized team activities, Morgan has been working in individual drills and 7-on-7 drills, he said, but will eventually be cleared for team drills.

A year ago, Morgan racked up 4 ½ sacks in the first four games, and he looked to be on track for a monstrous season. Then Morgan suffered a shoulder injury on October 25 against the Falcons.

He initially played through the injury, but was eventually shut down.

The team's first-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Morgan has 27.5 career sacks. Playing alongside veteran Brian Orakpo, and with youngsters like Kevin Dodd and Deiontrez Mount in the mix, Morgan is optimistic about his position group, and himself, for 2016. David Bass also played well after Morgan was injured last season, and he's battling for a spot, along with Aaron Wallace, a seventh-round pick.

J.R. Tavai and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil will also be in the competition in training camp.

Dodd, the team's second-round pick out of Clemson, is currently recovering from foot surgery. Mount has been practicing as he works his way back from the torn ACL he suffered last season.

"I set high goals for myself each and every year,'' Morgan said. "Just being able to go out there and pick up where I left off, and having a full successful year (is my goal).

"We have a good group. (Dodd) is eager to learn. And coming in, he is not acting like he knows it all. And he is a huge guy. I definitely believe he'll help us. We just have to get him healthy, but I am looking forward to working with him.

"Overall, I have a lot of optimism with the direction we are going,'' Morgan said. "I think everyone is ready to go."

Titans Online looks back at the career of linebacker Derrick Morgan, who announced his retirement after playing all nine of his NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. (AP Photos)

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