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Tuesday Mailbag: Jim Wyatt Answers Questions From Titans Fans


NASHVILLE – Football is back, and I think everyone can agree on this: It's a welcome sight.

The Titans are now three weeks into training camp, but we're just three days into the sessions open to reporters.

I'll keep keeping you posted with practice observations and videos, and you keep firing the questions into the mailbag.

We'll keep meeting back in here on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Let's get this Tuesday's party started…

Here's the link to ask questions: CLICK HERE.

Andrew Elliott from Cookeville, Tennessee
Hey Jim. First time, long time. I was just curious if the team has any plans to stream practice, since fans can't get out to BSP like in seasons past? Love the small clips you put on Twitter!

Jim: Hey Andrew. Thanks for dropping by. Not sure if you've noticed, but the team has been streaming some of the early portions of practice, with Mike Keith and Amie Wells providing commentary. We'll continue to do that here on, so keep checking on the days the team practices, and look for updates on Twitter at the team account (@Titans). The next one is scheduled for Friday. And I'll keep doing my best to give you highlights on Twitter from my account, @jwyattsports.

Mike Chapman from Gulfport, Mississippi
Hey Jim! After Hurricane Katrina, I spent nine years in Nashville. The Titans spent OTAs and training camp at my hotel, and I had the pleasure of driving them to practices, and getting to know them on a personal level. Needless to say, I became an avid Titans fan! My question to you is, I observed a glaring weakness in last year's team, and I believe it cost us several crucial games, and that would be the kicking game...primarily field goals. I hear that we have some potentially good kickers in camp, but they seem to get very little public attention. I hope when you get to see practices that you would monitor them closely and report their progress. I hope that we could, once again, have a dominant kicking game. Finishing last in the NFL in field goals percentage MUST be eliminated this year, to give our team the chance it needs to visit the postseason again!

Jim: Hey Mike. It's definitely an area that has to improve this fall. The battle in camp is between Greg Joseph, who returns from the end of last season, and undrafted free agent Tucker McCann, who played at Missouri. So far, Joseph leads in the competition, but it's early. Joseph is 10-of-10 on field goals during kicking periods, and McCann is 8-of-10, with a few ugly misses. I'll continue to keep tabs on this in camp in my practice observations.

Quintin Hinson from Greensboro, North Carolina
: Where do the Titans stand at as far as signing Jadeveoy Clowney and do we have any plans on signing Logan Ryan back do to the fact that he is still a free agent because I hope we do because he was strong impact to our defense last year and especially in the playoffs?

Jim: Nothing new on Clowney, and the team has no plans to re-sign Logan Ryan, who now bills himself as a safety.

Shaun Lutterloh from Durham, North Carolina
What's happenin' Jim! Long time fan here from the year we drafted McNair out of Alcorn State (HBCU) to til I leave this earth! I was wondering if you think if this season does happen and goes through the season, what are the chances that we get to see the 2020 Titans play a game or 2 in the Oilers throwback uniforms? Haven't seen that since CJ2K's 2,006-yard season in 2009. I think King Henry, AJ Brown, Bosshog Lewan and others deserve to wear those with the season we had last year and to pay respects to the former players that paved the way for them. Loved seeing Eddie and others interact with the team and mentor our team the whole season. Would love to see us rock those Oiler uniforms at least 3 times (Both against the Texans) (1 at one of the prime time games).

Jim: Hey Shaun. Now that would be fun, especially against the Texans. But the chances of that happening in 2020 are Slim and None, and I just saw Slim standing on the side of the road waiting on a Lyft. He was wearing as mask.

Isaak Jama from Orlando, Florida
Hi Jim, I have been a fan of this (Oilers/Titans) since the days of Bum Phillips, Earl Campbell, Ken Stabler and Robert Brazil's, to name a few. My question is, in your view, what are the chances that the Titans making it back to the AFC Championship and eventually to the Super Bowl. Thanks in advance.

Jim: Better than the chances of the team wearing the Oilers uniforms this season. In all seriousness, I think the Titans can be a contender. But so much hinges on the team's ability to stay healthy, and to win close games. But I'm not about to put odds on another AFC Championship or Super Bowl appearance? The Titans need to go out and earn it. What happened last year means nothing right now.

Sam Hinojosa from Yangon, Myanmar
What is the longest field goal in Titans history?

Jim: Hi Sam. Good to hear from you. The answer: The late, great Rob Bironas kicked a franchise-long 60-yard field goal to beat the Colts back on December 3, 2006. It's hard to believe that's been almost 15 years ago.

Eddie Ferguson from Nashville, Tennessee
I've been a football fan for at least 55 years, and a Titans fan since they moved to Tennessee. Will they respect our flag, our country they play in, and our troops? Or will they play politics? If they play politics, I'm thru with NFL same as nascar, mlb, nba or any others that refuse to stand for our national anthem.

Jim: Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Eddie.

Tim Arrington from Nashville, Tennessee
If we start the season with NO fans in the stands, can that change after the season starts. Let's feed the Big Dog (Derrick Henry) ... Thanks

Jim: My understanding is yes. And I'm not going to be surprised if this is how things play out. (UPDATE: Mayor John Cooper announced at his Tuesday morning's press conference no fans for the Titans-Jaguars game on September 20). The team continues to work with city officials and the NFL to determine if fans will be allowed at games in October and beyond, but ultimately, it's Cooper's call, as he consults with local health experts. Leading up to today, I saw where some teams said no fans will be allowed for their Week 1 contest, but things could change to allow fans after that. Will that be the case in Nashville? Possibly. The good news for the Titans is they have just one game at Nissan Stadium (the Jaguars game), before three home games in October. Hopefully things will continue to improve with the spread of the virus in the city and state to enhance the chances of fans watching games at Nissan Stadium this fall, albeit in a limited capacity. The latest numbers have been more encouraging. So stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed, and your mask on.

Have a great week everyone!

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