Jun 13, 2011
Things are definitely looking optimistic on the labor front, but with those meetings taking place in private, we will continue to focus on the news that directly relates to what happens on the field.
Titans will stick with Britt, could see Collins return … Last week was not one to remember for WR Kenny Britt. He avoided serious legal ramifications by pleading to a lesser charge stemming from car-chase incident that took place in April and had to pay a small fine. However, just one day later, he was arrested and charged with obstruction, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest after officers in New Jersey saw what they thought was marijuana in his hand. Britt is once again expected to avoid any serious charges, but the Titans are not expected to let him off easy although they do consider him the best player on the team outside of RB Chris Johnson. Speaking of the Titan O, QB Kerry Collins, currently a free agent, has an expressed an interest in returning to the team in the right situation, saying, “If it makes sense on both sides to do it, I’d be good for coming back.” Tennessee’s QB depth chart is among the worst in the league as of right now, as it consists of Rusty Smith, Brett Ratliff, and rookie Jake Locker, who Collins said he could be open to work with under the right circumstance. On Locker, Collis said, “I would be open to it, but it would have to be the right thing. I would like to get to know Jake a little bit to make sure he’d be the type guy I’d want to help out. That won’t be the sole issue either. It is not about what kind of guy Jake is. I just have to weigh a lot of things.”
Peyton Manning hasn’t thrown since neck surgery … even though the team had a two-week minicamp in late May. After the surgery took place, owner Jim Irsay said the procedure would include a 6-8 week recovery period, which would have Manning ready in time for training camp. Manning reportedly attended the workouts and has been at team charity events in the last week, although it should be noted he did not play in a charity softball game that included his teammates. The surgery is not expected to have any bearing on Manning’s contract negotiations with the team, as they are still looking to lock him up for the long-term so he finishes his career as a Colt.
- New Raider HC Hue Jackson said that WR/KR Jacoby Ford, who had a breakout season in 2010, would have a bigger role in the offense this year. Jackson had high praise for Ford, saying he would become a “household name” and is “just scratching the surface of what he can truly be.”
- Colt RB Javarris James was arrested last week and charged with possession of marijuana. James played in ten games during his rookie season and led all Colt RBs with six TDs.