A couple of Tennessee Titans rookies have been slowed by nagging injuries during organized team activities.
But one of those players, cornerback Ryan Mouton, says he is fine now and ready to compete for a role somewhere in the defense and on special teams.
The other, first-round pick Kenny Britt, has been slowed by a recurring hamstring problem that flared up again Tuesday and kept him out of Wednesday’s work.
Mouton had a hamstring issue when the Titans drafted him in the third round out of Hawaii in April. It limited him during the rookie orientation and the May OTA work. But of late, Mouton has been a full participant, despite tweaking his ankle a few days ago, and should project himself in the mix as a backup cornerback, dimeback and possibly in the kick return derby that features a number of players.
“I’m feeling a lot better. I feel like I’m 100 percent now. Hopefully, I can just go in there and contribute somewhere,” Mouton said. “It’s a learning process, but I feel like I’m picking it up well. Every day, I’ve just got to go in there and try to get better.”
As Mouton quickly learned there was no substitute for doing the actual reps on the field.
“You can talk about football all day, but until you actually take the reps, that’s when you find out how fast the game actually is out there. The more reps I take, the better I feel like I’ll get,” Mouton said.
As for Britt, who is being counted upon by the Titans to quickly get into the wide receiver mix, the hamstring problem has flared up at least twice during the June work, forcing him to take time off from practice. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he has no worries when it comes to the former Rutgers star’s learning curve off knowing that to do.
"Mentally, I think he has [gotten up to speed], but physically he needs to catch up. Fortunately, we have some time," Fisher said.