Titans continue to add veterans to defensive backfield

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:04pm

Veteran safety Anthony Smith became the third defensive back signed since the start of training camp when he agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

A third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2006, Smith has appeared in 63 games with four different teams, most recently Green Bay. He was injured while with the Packers and finished the season on injured reserve.

He has intercepted two passes in a season three times and has seven picks for his career.

“When we think there is someone out there that can help us get better, that will help us push the other guys and find the best group, we’re going to do that,” coach Mike Munchak said. “There’s another example of it. They’re all good special teams players also, so it’s just bringing him in and seeing what that best fit is going to be.”

Cornerback Frank Walker and safety Jordan Babineaux were previously added.

The Titans’ roster stands at 88 players, two below the minimum.

“I think we are taking advantage of the 90-man roster,” Munchak said. “In the past you couldn’t do some of these things, so I think we are taking full advantage of it.”

Subtraction by addition: One noticeable difference in training camp under Munchak versus previous years with Jeff Fisher is the absence of a rookie period.

Often under Fisher, first-year players capped workouts with a brief segment of work on their own while veterans stretched at the end of a practice session.

“We just incorporate them into the regular plays,” Munchak said. “We have more plays built into each period. Instead of having 12 or 15, we have 18 plays in a lot of periods. We’re getting a good mix of young guys going in.

“I really believe in having all the guys out there together as much as we can so they get that we’re all in this together kind of feeling. A lot of the extra guys are getting mixed in with the seconds during their period, but just bigger periods so we can get more work done that way.”

Game prep: According to Munchak, coaches will begin to finalize plans for Saturday’s preseason opener against Minnesota following Wednesday’s workout, which will conclude the first full week of practices with the entire roster.

“As coaches we’re already looking at Minnesota a little bit just to get a feel for it so we are organized and prepared for the game,” Munchak said. “As far as who is going to play, and talking to the players, that will be starting on Thursday.”

Quote of note: “All I know is you can’t build a house in a day. Right now, I’m just trying to get the foundation laid. Once I get this foundation laid, we’ll put a few bricks on it and hopefully I can eventually put a roof on it.” – defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, on he prospects for the defensive line’s performance in 2011.

Briefly: Safety Nick Schommer (hamstring) joined the ranks of injured players and sat out Tuesday’s workout. Defensive tackle Sen”Derrick Marks (shoulder), safety Robert Johnson (hamstring) and punter Chad Cunningham (leg) remained out of action.

1 Comment on this post:

By: fdanshep on 8/10/11 at 6:15

With the addition of these safetys, I guess we can bid farewell to Donnie Nickey. Good career here and a good person.