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REPORT DATES: July 24th (rookies), July 27th (veterans)
SITE: Baptist Sports Park, Nashville, TN
CAMP OBJECTIVES: Mike Munchak's second camp in charge of the Titans won't have
nearly the drama as his first go-around, when the Hall of Fame offensive
lineman-turned head coach had to deal with an extended holdout from running
back Chris Johnson, but the battle between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker for
the starting quarterback position is sure to keep the team in the news. The
two enter the preseason virtually neck-and-neck for the No. 1 job, though the
Hasselbeck's large experience advantage over the athletically superior Locker
rates the savvy veteran a slight edge if the 2011 first-round draft pick
doesn't emerge as the clear-cut choice in camp. There's an interesting
situation developing at wide receiver as well, with expected top target Kenny
Britt still not 100 percent recovered from last season's torn ACL and
encountering numerous off-field problems during his rehab, meaning exciting
rookie Kendall Wright -- Tennessee's first-round choice in this past draft --
can work into a prominent role on offense after dazzling the staff with his
abilities and quick learning curve in the spring. On defense, the Titans' aim
is to accelerate the growth process of a promising young core. Second-year
players such as linebackers Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers and defensive
tackles Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug all saw extensive time as rookies, while
cornerback and fellow sophomore Tommie Campbell appears to have a leg up on
the open nickel back spot in a secondary that must overcome the free-agent
departure of standout cover man Cortland Finnegan.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 11 - at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Aug. 17 - at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 - vs. Arizona, 8 p.m.
Aug. 30 - vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m.
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