Tennessee Titans 2012 Training Camp Preview
By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor
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REPORT DATES: July 24th (rookies), July 27th (veterans)
SITE: Baptist Sports Park, Nashville, TN
CAMP OBJECTIVES: Mike Munchak's second camp in charge of the Titans won't have nearly the drama as his first go-around, when the Hall of Fame offensive lineman-turned head coach had to deal with an extended holdout from running back Chris Johnson, but the battle between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker for the starting quarterback position is sure to keep the team in the news. The two enter the preseason virtually neck-and-neck for the No. 1 job, though the Hasselbeck's large experience advantage over the athletically superior Locker rates the savvy veteran a slight edge if the 2011 first-round draft pick doesn't emerge as the clear-cut choice in camp. There's an interesting situation developing at wide receiver as well, with expected top target Kenny Britt still not 100 percent recovered from last season's torn ACL and encountering numerous off-field problems during his rehab, meaning exciting rookie Kendall Wright -- Tennessee's first-round choice in this past draft -- can work into a prominent role on offense after dazzling the staff with his abilities and quick learning curve in the spring. On defense, the Titans' aim is to accelerate the growth process of a promising young core. Second-year players such as linebackers Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers and defensive tackles Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug all saw extensive time as rookies, while cornerback and fellow sophomore Tommie Campbell appears to have a leg up on the open nickel back spot in a secondary that must overcome the free-agent departure of standout cover man Cortland Finnegan.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug. 11 - at Seattle, 10 p.m. Aug. 17 - at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 - vs. Arizona, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 - vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m.
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