NASHVILLE – We're off and running at Titans training camp.
Four practices down, and many more to go leading up to the 2022 season.
I moved this weekend's mailbag back to Sunday since there's a break in the action.
The Titans will be back on the field Monday.
Let's go with this mailbag…
Here's the link to submit questions: CLICK HERE.
Stephen Cross from Lebanon, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim. All off-season storylines aside, how does Rashad Weaver fit into the mix this year coming off an injury? Was excited about seeing him last year before the injury. Any update on him?
Jim: Hey Stephen. Well, a lot depends on Rashad, and how he does. I can tell you I've liked the looks of him so far in camp. And, I can share this story I wrote about him this week: CLICK HERE. The team has some good players on the edge, from Bud Dupree to Harold Landry to Ola Adeniyi to versatile guys like Denico Autry and DeMarcus Walker who can play DE and OLB. Rashad really flashed before his injury last year, and he worked hard to put himself in a position to compete this year. He's also learning special teams, which is a great way to get active on game days. I'm looking forward to seeing him in the preseason, and when the pads come on.
Jon Kerlikowske from Franklin, Tennessee
Question: Hi Jim, hope you are staying as cool as possible at the Titans training camp. My question is about how and when the Titans practice in pads. Pads can really be the determining factor for the lines and other positions as well. How many practices can the Titans practice in pads? Will they practice in pads with the Bucs or Cards? If they do, do those padded practices count against the total number of padded practices allowed? I got lucky and will get to attend the Aug. 18th practice against the Bucs. Hope to get the chance to say hi to you. Stay hydrated!!
Jim: Hey Joe. The Titans will practice in pads for the first time on Monday. There are restrictions now on padded practices, and I'm sure Coach Vrabel will pick his spots based on how the players are handing this in camp. I do expect them to work in pads vs the Buccaneers and Cardinals. Give me a shout if you see me!
Robert Andrews from Millsboro, Delaware
Question: Hey Jim. Long-time Titans fan. I believe we should go for TY Hilton. He knows the Colts and can help with beating them. What's your take on it? What if a WR we have doesn't pan out we need another receiver dont you think?
Jim: Hey Robert. I wouldn't sign T.Y. because "he knows the Colts." Heck, the Titans beat the Colts twice last season after spanking them in November 2020 in Indianapolis. The Titans know how to beat the Colts. At this point, I think the team is focusing on what it has at the position, and letting guys compete. Later, if the Titans feel they still need help at receiver, a move could be made, but not sure it would be T.Y. Some other guys are also out there, and more will join the mix at some point.
Al Posnack from Spring Hill, Tennessee
Question: Jim, I enjoy reading your answers about different issues about the Titans that fans like.
I have been a Titan fan from the beginning.
My question is why don't the Titans get respect from the sport 's media like most of the other NFL teams?
Seems like we do well by beating top teams and still don't get the coverage
Jim: Hey Al. Anyone who reads this mailbag consistently knows I'm not big on the "no respect" angle/questions. If you want respect, don't lose your first playoff game at home as the No.1 seed. This is a new team, and it will have to earn respect.
Sydney Slaughter from Nashville, Tennessee
Question: Will the joint practices with the Bucs & Cards be open to the public?
Jim: Hi Sydney. Unfortunately, no. Some select season ticket members, partners and other small groups will be on hand, but those practices won't be open to the general public.
Alberto Armando Tellez Salcedo from Durango, México
Question: Hola Jim muy emocionado de que mis Titans estén de regreso en el campo de entrenamiento, te agradezco mucho que nos mantengas informados de todo lo que ha pasado en la primera semana de práctica, hemos visto grandes jugadas de Racey McMath, Treylon Burks, Dez Fitzpatrick, Dalton Hilliard, Chigoziem Okonkwo y claro muy buenos pases de Ryan.
Mi pregunta es la siguiente nos podrías investigar y decir el estado actual de Elijah Molden, Monty Rice, Tommy Hudson y Caleb Shudak por favor.
Por último no puedo esperar para verlos ya equipados la semana entrante, ver los duelos por la titularidad o por tener más snaps en el equipo, el duro Brewer vs Jones, Radunz vs Petit-Frere, Walker vs Murchison vs Garrett vs Peevy vs Hand. Y bueno la batalla entre Malone, McMath, Roberson, Hollister y Kinsey.
Que tengas excelente semana y arriba los Titanes.
Jim: Hola Alberto. Gracias por seguirnos y por escribirnos. Monty Rice, Tommy Hudson y Caleb Shudak comenzaron el campamento en la lista de personas físicamente incapaces de desempeñarse del equipo, por lo que no han estado practicando y no lo estarán hasta que sean autorizados. Molden no practicó el sábado después de haber estado cojeando a principios de semana. Yo diría que es del día a día. Todas las batallas que mencionaste deberían ser divertidas de ver. Las almohadillas vienen el lunes, por lo que proporcionará algunas pistas.
Earnest Hawkins from Tacoma, Washington
Question: Hi Jim, really not a question more of a thank you! Job well done so far, I am a 22-year Titans fan and it all started with the Oilers when they drafted my favorite player all time Steve Air McNair I have been so excited about my team since the last VP and head coach left...so thank you for a job well done so far!! I cant wait to see what you guys do next!!! Hopefully i can fly away from all these Seahawks fans and get to another home game soon!!!! TitanUp!!!
Jim: Thanks for taking the time, Earnest!
Have a great Sunday everyone!