Thomas Promises Energy

Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas, who admitted he didn't play with much energy in last week's home-opening, listless 16-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, guaranteed he and his teammates will be flying around Sunday against the Titans.

"We're not going to be flat again," said Thomas, who only had five tackles against the Bills. "We might make some mistakes but we're going to go around with some energy and play, get the crowd excited, give them something to cheer about.

"We were playing flat. We learned from that. You can't win doing that.

"If you make it work ... you never heard anybody say, 'I can't wait to go to work.' We made it that way last week, like it's a job. It's not a job. It's a game and you got to have fun when you play this game and that's what we're going to do."

The Bills only had 171 yards on offense, but their ball-control, conservative attack did keep the Dolphins off the field for 10:42 in the third quarter. The Dolphins have given up over 100 rushing in each of the first two weeks and are ranked 20th in run defense.

"Everyone was waiting for somebody to make a play," Thomas said. "Besides one play they had 120-something yards (50-yard pass interference penalty), you can't be too critical, but we could've played with more energy, caused more turnovers and that could've won the game for us."

Thomas said he respects the Titans running corps, including former Buffalo nemesis Travis Henry, along with Chris Brown and rookie LenDale White.

Brown and Henry, who has been slowed by a toe injury, have combined for only 95 yards on 31 carries in the first two games.

Thomas said that it will be "weird" to see old Jets nemesis, six-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae, in a Titans jersey Sunday.

"One of us is going to get a win this week because we're both 0-2 right now," Thomas said. "He's a great player, who plays with lots of energy and brings a lot to their offensive line."

PLAYER NOTES

-- WR Marty Booker has been practicing on a limited basis this week, and is listed as questionable. He said that he expects to play Sunday against Tennessee but has been frustrated by the absence of the deep ball and the struggles of the offense.

-- CB Travis Daniels practiced in all drills for the second consecutive day after missing the first two games with a sprained ankle. It's unlikely that Daniels will reclaim his starting spot from André Goodman, but he most assuredly will get on the field in nickel situations.

-- LB Derrick Pope didn't participate in team drills for the second straight day or since he strained a hamstring during Sunday's loss to the Bills. He is listed as questionable, but judging from his movement he should be downgraded to doubtful. Pope is one of the teams' top special teams players, and must be replaced by at least 2-3 other players (including LB Channing Crowder and CB Michael Lehan).

-- RG Kendyl Jacox, who replaced injured guard Bennie Anderson last Sunday, is expected to start against the Titans, despite joining the team just two weeks ago. Jacox said he's getting more comfortable with the offense, but is still behind.

-- RG William Whitticker, who was signed earlier this week, practiced again, but most likely he'll be on the inactive list Sunday with Trey Darilek backing up Jacox.


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