NASHVILLE – Titans are in the building – wearing masks -- at Saint Thomas Sports Park, and before too long they'll be on the field for training camp practices.
We'll have updates from those sessions starting Friday, August 14.
But we'll have plenty to talk about before then as well.
Continuing with this Tuesday's Titans mailbag.
Here's the link to ask questions: CLICK HERE.
Mark Sanderson from Burlington, North Carolina
Question: Greetings from NC where we can't seem to escape 95 degree days... I was curious about Logan Woodside and what the Titans see as a potential QB2. Having gone back and looked at his work in the AAF, it really wasn't very good - under 60% passing and more Ints than tds. So, they must see something there to give them confidence should RT go down. What's he showing in camp and practice that I didn't see in his AAF starting gig? Thanks!
Jim: Hi Mark. Good to hear from you again. Frankly, the Titans are more interested in what they've seen from him than what he did during a brief stint in the AAF. And what they've seen in him has been encouraging. Not only has he displayed a good work ethic and approach, he's played well when given the opportunity. If you remember, Woodside started last year's preseason finale against the Bears and played the entire game. He finished the night completing 17-of-29 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 104.4. In four preseason contests in 2019, Woodside completed 46-of-76 passes for 539 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was an impressive 99.6. He has grown a lot since initially joining the practice squad in 2018. There's no denying he needs to do more, though. What he hasn't done is play in a regular season game, so the team won't have the same comfort level with him as a back-up compared to Ryan Tannehill last year if he does end up winning the job. We'll find out a lot more about Woodside in camp.
Jesse Hernandez from Austin, Texas
Question: I was thinking: What about Alex Smith as a very nice back up? I know we have two young's back-ups. But wow to have Smith would be so so good, if he is healthy, I do understand that part.
Jim: Hi Jesse. Another big part to this: Alex Smith is under contract with the Washington Football Team.
Michele Thomas from Bowling Green, Kentucky
Question: Dr. Fauci recommended face shields or clear plastic glasses that are used for cooking or welding along with face masks. He said that there are two mucous entries right above the eyes and Covid germs can enter through these in the eyes. Am going to Nashville for first time since 2/27 and plan to wear mask, clear glasses, face shield and gloves with a hat because Nashville is such a hot spot. Are all of the Titan players, managers, coaches and cleaning staff going to wear eye protection in addition to masks and gloves and possibly head coverings?? We don't want to end up like the Marlins!!
Jim: Hi Michele. Sounds like you're doing your part, and I think that's great. And I can assure you the team is taking a tremendous amount of safety precautions to combat the coronavirus as well.
Steven Crosio from Brick, New Jersey
Question: Hey there Jim. Now that Isaiah Wilson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list what do you think Titans are gonna focus on more getting Clowney or backing up Dennis Kelly with another Right Tackle?
Jim: Hey Steven. Just making sure you saw where https://www.tennesseetitans.com/news/titans-reach-deal-with-first-round-pick-isaiah-wilson-remove-him-from-covid-19-l" target="_blank" >Isaiah was activated off of the COVID-19 list on Monday. Just as the Titans were about to focus even more on getting Clowney… Just kidding…. Isaiah's situation had zero to do with Clowney.
Ronnie Vod from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Question: Being around the team, you might be able to answer this for me. Does Brett Kern know about the rabid adoration he has on Twitter and Reddit? Follow up question: Can he actually turn water into wine or does he just walk on it?
Jim: Hey Ronnie. Brett is as humble as any Titan I've covered. So I can assure you he's not spending a lot of time checking Twitter and Reddit for positive reviews. But I'll let him know about the buzz when he finishes his glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while walking across Lake Amulet (which surrounds the practice facility) …
Braulio Cardenas Cantu from Saltillo, Mexico
Question: Hello Jim!! I hope this mail finds you and yours in good health. I haven't written in a while, but I'm an avid reader of your section, and this time it's not to ask any questions, but to THANK Mrs. Amy Adams Strunk and Jon Robinson for all the work and resources they're investing to support the team during this health and economic contingency. Personally I have a couple of restaurants here in Saltillo, Mexico, and I know, first hand, what it costs to keep business afloat in these difficult times. All my respect and thanks, in addition, to the entire team that have managed to create a culture of mutual support and continuous improvement. I send you a big hug from Mexico.
Jim: Thanks for taking the time, and for your comments, Braulio. A virtual hug is coming your way as well...
Thomas Wilson from Greenbrier, Tennessee
Question: I've been an Oilers / Titans fan from the Luv'ya Blue days. I don't have a question, but I do have a comment. I'm pushing 70 years, so I've seen "Jim Crow" at his worst, witnessed the civil rights movement and the aint-war movement of 60's. Lived through a dozen presidents, one resignation, and now two impeachments. I remember when JFK was assassinated, and when RFK and Dr. King were murdered. I've seen peaceful protests, and I've seen peaceful protest that were turned into blood baths by actions of a violent individuals. Unfortunately, sometimes those individuals were police officers or national guardsman. Let me be clear, I don't support violence in any form, but I've seen enough racism to understand a little of the anger that feeds the fire. I must say, with all I've seen, I have always admired individuals that have the courage to peacefully protest in spite of the physical and verbal abuse thrown at them by those that oppose their objectives. The peaceful protester are the ones who have and will continue to change the world for the better. I'm proud to see that most of the protests for equal justice that we have seen since the death of George Floyd have been massive, peaceful, and populated with people of all races. (As a side note, I believe there is only one race, the human race.) I've said all that to say this; I support the Titans stepping up and taking a leadership position in the discussion of racism, race relations, and equality. I truly believe that we as a nation are at a turning point, and we must take the turn toward equal justice for all. However, what really upsets me is when I hear "football fans" say that they are not going to attend any NFL games or support any team until the NFL requires all the players and coaches to stand for the national anthem. They miss the whole point of "taking a knee." It's similar to saying "black lives matter" with a action people can see. Just as "black lives matter" isn't intended to say other lives don't matter, "taking a knee" isn't intended to show disrespect, but to show the need for everyone to receive respect. In fact, I think that most of the people the "upset fans" think are being disrespected are in reality proud that in the country they fought to protect, people still have the right to peacefully protest. That is exactly what taking a knee during the national anthem is, a peaceful protest. Nobody is injured, no property is destroyed, the participants are only making a statement about equality. I don't know if I will be able to make it to a game this year, but if I do, I believe my great-grandfathers (Civil War veterans) my Father (WWII veteran) would be proud that I will choose to take a knee during the national anthem to support the players, the peaceful protesters, and everyone seeking equal justice. May God Bless America! May her flag always stand for freedom and justice for all.
Jim: Appreciate you taking the time, Thomas.
Joe Allen from Lebanon, Tennessee
Question: Not a question Jim, but a statement! You can pass on to the overpaid commish that most all America is done with the Not For Long NFL! I for one, am sick and tired of the crybaby, over paid, unpatriotic, have no clue what America stands for and our flag or our veterans in putting their lives on the line for this???? Really! Now we want to play a black lives anthem? We have but one and that is what we as Americans stand for, no other! Color me gone and I will not be back! Same goes for the nascar idiots as well!
Jim: Thanks for the heads up, Joe. Take care.
Marcus Cobbs from Baltimore, Maryland
Question: Hey Jim. I have a suggestion I would like for you to relay to King Arthur. I would like to see a 6OL, 1TE, 2WR, RB, QB. Formation. I don't know what you would call it, but I would like to see us line up, you know we are going to run it, and run it (with Derrick Henry) down their throats.
Jim: Now that's a formation that could dish out some pain! Since you're in Baltimore, let's call it the "Goodbye Earl" formation because, um, it's a catchy tune.
Have a great week everyone and stay safe!