Three Quick Hits from OTAs


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just took the field on Wednesday for their ninth session of organized team activities. After today, the team will have just one more OTA before next week's three-day minicamp.

Today's session is closed to media, but I had a few notes leftover from Tuesday's session to produce another round of quick hits…


Cassel role**

Veteran Matt Cassel is still relatively new to the Titans, but he's hardly a newcomer to the NFL.

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie thinks he's a good fit for the team, and quarterback Marcus Mariota.

"That's the great thing about Matt, and that was the great discussion we had about signing Matt,'' Robiskie said of Cassel, who signed with the team in March. "It's always good to have that kind of veteran leadership, a guy that's been in the fire, a guy that's been doing it for a lot of years."

Cassel has played for the Patriots, Chiefs, Vikings, Bills and Cowboys during his 11-year NFL career.

Last month, the Titans released Zach Mettenberger, leaving Cassel and Alex Tanney behind Mariota. On Tuesday, Cassel said he's excited about working with Mariota.

"At this point in my career, it's something I embrace," Cassel said. "When I was a younger player in my career, I had a great mentor in Tom Brady, and he took me right underneath his wing and was able to help me come along as a player as a mentor to me. Part of the game is to be able to give back through your experience and helping in whatever capacity you can. Therefore, it makes the team better, and when you're winning, everything is better. If that's what my role is, then I embrace that role and I'm excited about it.

"He is an unbelievably talented player, and not only that, he is a better person,'' Cassel said of Mariota. "He is willing to put in the work. He is one of the first guys here every single morning and he works hard. Whatever capacity I can help him with, whether it is knowledge or defense or understanding certain looks then I am here for him to help him in whatever way I can."


Thoughts on Robiskie**

Robiskie on Tuesday addressed reporters about the progress of the offense, and he touched on a number of his players.

After practice, players also weighed in on Robiskie, who will call plays for the Titans this fall.

"He's a fun guy,'' Mariota said of Robiskie. "He loves football, and he loves winning. He has the mentality that he's very passionate about the game and he'll do anything it takes to win football games. For me, that is very exciting to be a part of and I am going to continue to learn as much as I can from him and be the best player I can be for him."

Robiskie joined the Titans after spending the past eight seasons as wide receivers coach with the Falcons. He has 34 years of coaching experience in the NFL, including six seasons as an offensive coordinator.

"I like him,'' receiver Kendall Wright said of Robiskie. "He's a pretty cool coach, but he is coaching everybody hard, sometimes the receivers harder than everybody else. … I like his offense, and I like the mindset that he brings."

"He definitely brings a lot of energy to the team,'' added running back DeMarco Murray. "He is very smart, he has been around the game for a long time, so he knows what it takes. He has been around a lot of great running backs, quarterbacks and receivers, so I think that is huge for us."

Hutchinson coming aboard

Former NFL offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson has agreed to take a training camp internship with the Titans scouting department.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Hutchinson played for the Titans during the 2012 season.

Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 8 of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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