NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At the end of a recent interview with Titans general manager Jon Robinson, I presented him with this question/topic:
I asked Robinson to name one returning Titan he didn't know a whole lot about before joining the team in January that's really gotten his attention during his first two months on the job as he's watched film/gathered more information, etc.
Robinson's answer: Tight end Craig Stevens.
"I knew of Craig and respected him, but after kind of digging into him more and seeing more of what he's all about, that is kind of why it was really a priority for us, to try and get him locked into staying here,'' Robinson said of Stevens, who agreed to a new contract last month. "Craig is a tough, competitive guy."
A third round draft pick by the Titans in 2008, Stevens has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Titans. He's played in 109 career games. Robinson worked previously with the Buccaneers and Patriots before joining the Titans in January.
Stevens played in all 16 games in 2015, with 11 starts, and he recorded 12 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Stevens has 60 receptions for 724 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
"I think he is still a really good athlete, and he scraps as a blocker,'' Robinson said of Stevens. "He really does a nice job."