NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans receivers coach Shawn Jefferson is working with a talented group in training camp, one that includes some early draft picks, and veteran free agents.
On Monday, I asked Jefferson to give a quick snapshot on the top receivers on the depth chart. I provided the names, and he provided the background.
Jefferson's take on his pupils:
On Kendall Wright:** "He seems to be one of Marcus Mariota's guys. He is definitely getting a vibe with Mariota during camp. Kendall has dropped weight, and what Kendall has done this offseason is he got into the playbook and he is really understanding the fine details of the playbook and how important it is for him to be at the right place at the right time. Because we have a young quarterback that is really accurate and will get him the ball."
On Justin Hunter: "His mentality has totally changed. It looks like he is ready to take the jump. Justin is extremely talented and has great ability. Now, his mentality is catching up to his physical skills. I really like what I have seen out of Justin."
On Harry Douglas: "He is the second coach of the group. He came in here with that attitude. It is good for a guy like me, when a guy like that comes in, he automatically assumes the leadership role. It is good because he is sometimes like the second coach in the room. Sometimes in the room, when I am about to correct a guy, and he beats me to the punch, and that is what you want."
On Hakeem Nicks: "He's a veteran guy, and he's had a good camp. I know we are looking forward to his resurgence this year."
On Dorial Green-Beckham:** "He has great physical skills, and just needs game experience. He is on the right track. He is a big guy who can run, but he has shown the ability to pick up the playbook. He has done well. There have been some growing pains, but that kid is going to be all right."
On Tre McBride: "He has a good skill-set, and he catches the ball really well. He just needs to tighten up on the details. In a lot of aspects he is raw. He is one of these self-made guys who made it on his own, nobody recruited him. So what he does is he reverts back to a lot of the stuff he did (in college) at William & Mary, but that is not what we want. He needs to do the details of what we want. But he is going to be fine. He is going to be a player in this league."
On Jacoby Ford: "He is extremely fast, and he can be a top returner in this league, which he proved before when he was at Oakland. He catches the ball well, too."
On Rico Richardson: "He's reliable, smart, and is as steady as they come. I am looking forward to him making plays in the preseason."
On Andrew Turzilli: "Big and physical guy who is talented. He has really good hand-eye coordination, and is really good with routes. Now we've got to see him when the lights come on."