--Lance Schulters believe his tenure as a nickel cornerback is over. Rookie cornerback Andre Woolfolk dislocated his toe in the Titans' first preseason game, but finally participated fully in practice on Wednesday and appears ready to take over slot coverage duties.
"I didn't have a problem with
it, I know I could do it and if they need me to go back I'll go back and do it,
I feel comfortable," Schulters said. "But I am ready to go back (to safety in
nickel). It gives us a better chance to make more plays."
played well at free safety in the nickel package, but now looks to be reduced to
being the dime, as Rich Coady was in 2002.
--Jim Haslett hinted
that the Titans will get such a strong dose of running back Deuce McAllister,
which would mean less of No. 3 wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.
To a man the Titans have talked about how impressed they are Stallworth's
"He's very, very explosive, he can get
downfield," Jeff Fisher said. "You put him in an offense where you've got
limited arm strength at the quarterback, he's just another guy. But he can get
downfield and the quarterback (Aaron Brooks) can throw it 60
Said free safety Lance Schulters: "He can take you the
distance off a hitch pass."
--Rocky Calmus, who strained a
hamstring in the Titans final preseason game in Green Bay, should be back to
full speed in time for the New Orleans game and will replace Brad Kassell as the
main man at middle linebacker.
Kassell has not been good, and
Indy tight end Dallas Clark abused him at the RCA Dome.
position is not that important because the Titans play a ton of nickel, but
Calmus should be an upgrade.
--QB Steve McNair did not practice
Wednesday with the full team, and Jeff Fisher said it was more because the ring
finger on his throwing hand is still swollen and sore. He also has left knee
that's less than 100 %. As usually, there is no chance he will miss Sunday's
--CB Andre Woolfolk will play as the nickelback in
Sunday's game against New Orleans. He has not played since dislocating the big
toe in his left foot in the preseason opener. Lance Schulters will now stay at
free safety in the nickel package, while Scott McGarrahan is the
--RB Chris Brown expects to suit up for the first time
since pulling a hamstring early in training camp. Expectations are high from
Brown, and while the Titans will try to downplay the possibilities for him,
they'd be wise to get him some carries and see if he can't inject some life into
the run game.
--RB Robert Holcombe could lose out on some
chances with Chris Brown expected to be in uniform for the first time
--DT Rien Long will play a good amount as the third
defensive tackle with Albert Haynesworth (elbow) out against New Orleans.
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