With more than a week gone in training camp, here's an update on what's going on with the Tennessee Titans.
As an aside, I'm not going to discuss the passing of O.J. Murdock. I'm not sure it's really a football story, and I've already said everything I'm going to on that tragedy.
Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker Star in the PG Rated Version of Jets Camp
If Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez are staging their own slightly more bloody version of Platoon, Locker and Hasselbeck are starring in a remake of The Green Berets, only this time with even more positivity.
I can't get any sense for which of the two players is ahead at this point, assuming there even is an ahead. One day Locker is sharp, and the next day Hasselbeck takes the lead (via The Tennessean).
If there's a favorite at this stage, the team isn't saying. Mike Munchak's comments contain a lot of non-statements like this quote he gave the press on Monday (via TitansOnline.com):
Quarterbacks, they both looked great to me today. Just keep going and we are getting into a few more things. We are adding plays in a few more days, once you get to the weekend we will have everything in and practice is more interesting to watch for us. Having a game like practice on Saturday at the end of the week and with Monday in Atlanta, those are the things that will help us evaluate a lot of things.
That's coach-speak for, "You ain't gettin' nutin' outta me, Copper!" Translated simply, he's still saying, "Let's see how they play in a game before we make any decisions."
Kendall Wright Signs
Now that Wright has inked his deal and is safely in camp, the team can get down to the business of evaluating him. It's going to take a few days, and about the only thing anyone has gotten out of him so far is that it's not as hot in Tennessee as it was in Waco, TX.
Perhaps the most insightful commentary about Wright in the last few days came from ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, who echoed my comments from earlier in the spring about what to expect from Wright. Kuharsky's baseline of 44/615/4 is more than I expect from the first-rounder; I think he'll do well to post 30 catches, 500 yards and two scores.
He'll be a good wideout in the long run, but it's hard on rookies.
The one thing Wright has going for him in 2012 is the next item on this list.
Still Waiting on News About Britt
If anything will push Wright forward, it's the looming suspension of Kenny Britt. According to The Tennessean, a meeting with Roger Goodell has yet to be scheduled in the wake of his recent DUI, but everyone expects the hammer to fall.
Between injuries and his troubles with sports' premier hanging judge, it seems unlikely the Titans will have the services of their best wideout for the toughest part of the schedule.
And to think Kendall Wright doesn't think it's hot enough yet. It's about to warm up quick for him.
All is Quiet on the Titans' Front
For the most part, the polite battle between Locker and Hasselbeck has sucked all the air out of Titans camp. All eyes are on the offense.
That means that when the defense does make a nice play, everything is interpreted back through the lens of how it affects the passers. The corners are playing well, but all anyone wants to know is who threw the pass.
It's been a stressful week filled with drama and tragedy, but Munchak has done a nice job quelling any sense of a circus atmosphere. He's got a quarterback battle, a holdout, a marquee player awaiting suspension and a massive tragedy to deal with, but the vibe seems calm.
That, from Munchak, may be the most impressive performance of all in Week 1 of training camp.