David Bass is a name that fans of the Tennessee Titans became somewhat familiar with last season when he took over as the starting outside linebacker following the season ending shoulder injury to starter Derrick Morgan,
Originally a seventh round selection of the Oakland Raiders in 2013, the then third year pro out of Missouri Western State performed well in his seven starts, collecting 42 tackles and seeing action in all 16 games in a season for the first time in his career.
On Sunday head coach Mike Mularkey singled out Bass for his work during his post practice media session, and praised him for filling the cap last season and the work so far in 2016.
"It's nice to have him back. I know the question is about Derrick Morgan, but David Bass came in to replace him last year, and David Bass made a great play out here today with the breakup, the interception, probably for a score," said Mularkey. "His level of play has gone up, so now you're talking about we've got two bookends with Derrick being back—and he looks really good. We're being smart about it, but he looks really good. You've got (Kevin) Dodd, who I'm hoping is going to be back in the next couple days, and David Bass. So we've got some depth at that position, which we didn't feel like we had last year."
When told about his coaches comments in the locker room following practice, Bass seemed somewhat surprised.
"Did he? Oh wow, that's good," Bass said.
Bass thought was a bit more critical of his play than perhaps his coach after two days.
"I'm blessed to be here, and where I am on the depth chart, I'm going to play my role to the best of my abilities and have fun while I'm doing it," said Bass. "Then I'll let the coaches make the decisions. At the end of the day with whatever my role is, I'm going to do the best I can to get better every day, because I don't feel I'm there yet."
Bass admitted he is more comfortable this season in his knowledge of the defensive scheme, but still has work to do.
"I feel that I'm more comfortable with the defense, I've learned the scheme and know the players around me and have some chemistry," said Bass. "I know how certain players play and I know what the coaches are looking for and then I had the whole off season to work on the things I needed to work. I'm improving day by day, but still got a long way to go."
Bass and his teammates take to the field this morning for an 8:55 a.m. full padded practice, their first in full pads this training camp.