Fisher hints at VY starting a preseason game

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 5:32pm

Vince Young could start a preseason game for the Tennessee Titans, according to Coach Jeff Fisher.

Fisher indicated Monday that Young, who was 5 of 10 for 39 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday night against Buffalo, might get the opportunity to work with the first team in one of the Titans four remaining preseason games, with third-teamer Patrick Ramsey moving up into the No. 2 spot and starter Kerry Collins resting.

“Part of the preseason process is to put people in different situations and scenarios. So it’s not unlikely that Vince wouldn’t have a start,” Fisher said. “There’s a chance that Vince will start a preseason game as we move forward, and we’ll give Pat an opportunity to play a little earlier in the ballgame.”

Fisher declined to say which preseason game Young might get the starting nod in. The Titans host Tampa Bay on Saturday night, then Aug. 21 at Dallas, Aug. 29 at Cleveland and Sept. 3 against Green Bay.

Ramsey, a free agent signee brought in to compete with Young for the second-string job, completed 8 of 10 throws for 72 yards while playing mostly with younger players and backups.

“Patrick understands what we’re doing and he is familiar with this offense. We’re talking about just one preseason game. Vince is our two and Patrick is three,” Fisher said.

As for Young, whose interception came as a part of Lavelle Hawkins turning his pass route toward the inside instead of the outside, Fisher said the former third overall pick, did well.

"I thought he played well. He had one opportunity where, had he not handed the ball off and kept it himself, he probably would have picked up a first down. But that’s part of that offense,” Fisher said. “Other than that, he made good decisions. He had someone in his face, but both times, or all three times we tried to get him on the edge, he had someone in his face, so he couldn’t square his feet up. His first read was taken away and he had nothing but the sideline.”

Knocking off the rust

Cornerback Cary Williams, a seventh-round pick last year, saw extensive action Sunday night once the Titans removed their defensive starters.

For Williams, it was perhaps his most extensive action as a pro. He was bothered by a quadriceps injury for much of preseason last year, and spent a good portion of his rookie season on the practice squad. He was activated toward the end of the season, but reinjured the quad and placed on injured reserve after one game.

Williams’ results were mixed, as he knocked away a fourth-down pass in the end zone on one drive, but missed a couple of tackles and was behind a step on an end zone incompletion on another throw.

“He was a little rusty. He’s battled on the practice field and he’s made plays,” Fisher said. “One of the things you have to learn at the cornerback spot at any level but this one in particular is that if there is a negative play, you have to let it go, line up and play again. That’s the thing that he will learn from this game. He had back-to-back missed tackles. You’ve got to let it clear, line it up, and make another play.”

Williams agreed with Fisher’s assessment of his play.

“I felt like I did all right. I’m still a work in progress as far as working the kinks out of my game,” Williams said. “Tackling is the main thing. In the defensive backfield, we want to be great tacklers, and I didn’t really show that.”

Once in a blue moon

The last time the Titans, dressed as the Oilers Sunday night, ran the fake handoff on the fake punt, they really were the Oilers – as in the 1997 Tennessee Oilers.

A.J. Trapasso ran for a 40-yard touchdown on the play against Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game. Previously, it was last run by Reggie Roby against Cincinnati for about 20 yards in a Thursday night game against the Bengals.

Trapasso, a one-time high school tailback subbing for a resting Craig Hentrich, gave the Titans a chance to use it.

“There was no way I could run that particular play during the regular season. Because Craig would not do it, I’ve tried to do it for years but he’s, ‘Nope, nope, not going to do it,’” Fisher said. “Reggie Roby ran for about 20 yards in the first half. Its one of those plays you can’t run every year, every other year, its obviously once you see the formation and that type of motion then people adjust to it. Enough time had gone by where I felt like it was going to be successful.”


Fisher said that tight end Casey Cramer was OK after injuring his shoulder and that he expected most of the players who missed Sunday night’s game to be ready to go against Tampa Bay.

Fisher said he expects linebacker Stephen Tulloch to return to practice, and for receiver Kenny Britt to continue to practice and make his debut against the Bucs.

Also, he indicated that Colin Allred, Mark Jones Josh Stamer and Jacob Ford would have a chance to return to action as well.