The Nashville Tennessean suggests DT Karl Klug may be on the roster bubble in training camp.
A seven-sack revelation as a 2011 rookie, Klug managed 3.5 sacks in 2012 and earned just 22 percent of Tennessee's defensive snaps. Adding Sammie Lee Hill and Antonio Johnson this offseason, the Titans are trying to get bigger up front. At 6-foot-3, 275, Klug is the club's smallest interior defensive lineman.
Jake Locker said his surgically repaired shoulder feels "normal."
Locker isn't taking contact right now, but will "definitely" do so come Day 1 of training camp in late July. The shoulder won't be an excuse as he heads into a make-or-break campaign. The Titans have upgraded their offensive line and have more than enough playmakers at the skill spots. It's on Locker to settle down in the pocket and improve his wayward accuracy.
Titans signed DT Antonio Johnson and waived/failed physical LB Tom Wort.
Wort was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma. Johnson, who signed a one-year deal, started 13 games for the division rival Colts last season, making 26 tackles without a sack. He was Pro Football Focus' 80th-rated defensive tackle out of 85, particularly struggling in run defense.
According to the National Football Post's Dan Pompei, the Titans plan to use Shonn Greene the way they used LenDale White five years ago.
In Chris Johnson's rookie year of 2008, White handled all of the short-yardage and goal-line work. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound White rushed for 773 yards and 15 touchdowns on 200 carries, while Johnson carried it 251 times for 1,228 yards and nine scores. We can't expect Greene to post nearly the numbers White did, but somewhere close to half those totals wouldn't be out of the question.
The Titans are telling second-round pick Justin Hunter to gain seven pounds to get over 200 by the start of training camp.
Hunter blazed a 4.44 forty time at the Combine, but did so at a weak-looking 196 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. He's playing Z receiver in Tennessee, which is a position that requires at least some physicality. We're skeptical Hunter will have any rookie fantasy value with Jake Locker at quarterback this season.
Titans LCB Jason McCourty expects to play more press coverage in 2013.
"We'll have a little bit more of an aggressive mentality," McCourty said. "I think part of that for us as cornerbacks will be getting up at the line of scrimmage and pressing, getting our hands on the wide receivers." The Titans got throttled underneath last season, while press coverage is one of de-facto DC Gregg Williams' hallmarks. McCourty graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 cornerback in 2012, but the Titans allowed a franchise-record 471 points. Enemy quarterbacks completed 66.3 percent of their passes.