Titans try to get a leg up on punters

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 8:08pm
Craig Hentrich with coach Alan Lowry

UPDATED: The Tennessee Titans finally made a decision on a punter after holding two candidates overnight, agreeing to terms with both Reggie Hodges and A.J. Trapasso.

The Titans were deciding between Hodges and Trapasso, who was in camp with them this summer, as a replacement for veteran Craig Hentrich, who suffered a calf injury in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. The decision apparently for now is to have Hodges go on the 53-man roster and sign Trapasso to the practice squad.

Hentrich's injury won't be season-ending, as the Titans made room on the roster by waiving cornerback Cary Williams from the 53-man roster. He could come back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Tennessee also placed practice squad defensive tackle Mitch King on injured reserve to clear a spot for Trapasso.

Hodges and Trapasso were both in for workouts with the club on Tuesday along with Glenn Pakulak, another ex-Titans training camp kicker, and Ricky Schmitt. The Titans also had long snappers Nathan Hodel and Ryan Neill in for visits.

Hodges punted in 12 games for the New York Jets last season, averaging 42.8 yards per kick.

Trapasso, a rookie from Ohio State, gained his share of notoriety during the preseason, first running a fake punt 40 yards for a touchdown in the Hall of Fame Game against Buffalo and later hitting the scoreboard suspended above the Dallas Cowboys new stadium. Trapasso was claimed off waivers by the Jets when the Titans let him go, but was released the following day. Tampa Bay also had him on their practice squad for a week.

Johnson nominated

Chris Johnson has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 16-carry, 197-yard rushing performance Sunday against Houston.

Johnson, who also had a 69-yard TD reception, scored on runs of 57 and 91 yards against the Texans.

Other nominees include San Francisco’s Frank Gore and Miami’s Ronnie Brown.

4 Comments on this post:

By: blktenn on 9/23/09 at 6:37

Chris Johnson has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 16-carry, 197-yard rushing performance Sunday against Houston.

Kerry collins 2 turn over
2. A fummble on a game winning drive.
3. VY can not do any worst !!!!!!!
4. Kerry collins slow and non mobile

By: Titan9282 on 9/23/09 at 7:31

How many times are you going to post the message. WE GET IT!!!!!! You hate the Titans!!!!! Move on!!!!!

By: frank brown on 9/23/09 at 7:59

How do you get so many injuries as a punter?

As for the BLKTENN comments, I will agree that Kerry Collins is just an average quarterback and fading. As far as Vince Young goes he is unpredictable, unstable and bewildered by it all.

By: TitansFan035 on 9/23/09 at 8:23

Well lets put Vy and have him run around like a chicken with his head cut off.. Lets have VY, sit back there and choose where the INT is going. Either way we hav no QB in TN both together don't make a decent QB!