Tennessee Titans News and Notes

Tyrone Calico has lofty aspirations for the 2005 season. The second round draft pick from 2004 ended up his rookie season on the bench because of his drops, and missed virtually all of year two because of a knee injury.

Now the Titans are counting on him to be an impact player in the post-Derrick Mason era.

"I think I can make as big an impact as Drew (Bennett) made last year," Calico said. "I don't think I've lost a step, and now I just want to get back out there and stay healthy. If everyone stays healthy on our receiving corps I think we can be even more productive than last year."

For the 5-11 2004 Titans, Mason caught 96 passes for 1,168 yards and seven touchdowns while Bennett grabbed 80 passes for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his only regular season game before the injury, Calico caught two passes for 13 yards.

Calico is expected to be finished with his rehab and ready to go for training camp, and the Titans need him to make the leap from role player into starter, as Bennett move up from No. 2 and adjusts to the coverage typically dedicated to the first option.

A stable of rookies led by Oklahoma's Brandon Jones will fight for snaps as the third and fourth receivers.

Calico feels he has much to prove.

"And I just can't wait to get on the field to show what I can do. I'm just trying to keep a positive attitude," he said.

"I think he's ready to take everybody by storm," tight end Erron Kinney said. "He is powerful, he can break tackles and he is explosive. ... I know he wants to get out there and help."


After doing much to help themselves work their way free from salary cap hell by parting ways with numerous high-priced veterans, the Titans may now look to lock up a few of the young players they like.

The agents for free safety Lamont Thompson and center Justin Hartwig, who each signed tender offers as restricted free agents, have both had initial conversations with the team about extensions.

"We've gotten proposals from both of (their agents) and we'll start talking to them and go from there," Titans GM Floyd Reese said.

They'd be wise to hold off, however.

Thompson is far from proven yet, and while Hartwig has steadily improved the team has generally been reluctant to invest much in the center position.

--While the Titans had agreed to terms with three of their 11 draft picks as of Friday, they will have to cut some undrafted rookies to make space for the contracts to be signed and official.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's got some skills. He's very talented. He hasn't played the position very long. He's got very good hand-eye coordination, and he's a very smooth athlete. He runs well. So he's one that we're going to keep an eye on. It's rare where you get a guy with that kind of athletic ability where we got him, and so I think he has a future." -- Titans Coach Jeff Fisher on Reynoldo Hill, a cornerback taken in the seventh round, 218th overall.

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