Troupe says he’s good to go

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 1:57am

Tight end Ben Troupe insists that he is not frustrated at his lack of playing time and production thus far this season.

Troupe prefers to point to the Titans’ 2-1 record, rather than the zero in the reception column for the former second-round pick from 2003.

“I don’t worry about it. At the end of the day, we’re 2-1. I’ve been in the league long enough to know that you can’t go off of the first three games. I’m happy with the production of the team, and I know it’s going to get better down the stretch,” Troupe said.

Troupe, who is in the final year of his contract, had just 13 catches in 10 games last season before being sidelined with a broken foot. That came after posting a career-high 55 receptions in 2005.

Thus far this season, Troupe, who missed most of the preseason with another foot injury, has seen only limited action in the Tennessee offense with Ben Hartsock and Bo Scaife handling most of the tight end duties.

“It hasn’t been too many,” Troupe said of his game reps. “I think more or less they were trying to make sure my foot was 100 percent, because I didn’t play a lot in preseason. I only played in the last preseason game a little bit. But my foot is fine. The off week was good. It came at a good time, so I’m looking to make some big strides over the next 13 games.”

Quarterback Vince Young insists he has confidence in Troupe, despite the tight end’s lack of activity and production in three games.

“He has my trust. He’s coming along really good,” Young said. “He’s just being patient right now, being a team player. When it’s his time to go out, he’s in there. That’s what I like about him. … He brings a lot to our offense because of his character. Then, when you get the ball in his hands, it’s an amazing thing to see. When you get the ball in that guy’s hands, he does a whole lot.”

YOUNG GUNS: Young said he thought his interview on 60 Minutes went well this past Sunday.

“Everybody said it was me, basically me – always speaking from the heart, letting you know I’m not trying to hide [anything] just like my mom,” he said of his mother discussing past problems with substance abuse. “She’s not trying to hide [anything] from her background. All of the things we’ve been through in life helped me to be who I am today and who my mom is today.”

Young said he was pleased with the piece, but added that it did make him come off as a bit cocky.

“Overall, they did a good job,” Young said. “It’s big thing because me and my grandma used to watch 60 Minutes when I was growing up. They did all right. But I felt like they tried to make me feel like I’m cocky, or whatever. But that’s TV media – always got something to say to try to make me look bad. But overall, I’ll fight through all that. I like to have fun. I really feel like my teammates do a whole lot for keeping me humble.”

INJURIES: Running back LenDale White missed Wednesday’s practice because of illness, a condition that Titans coach Jeff Fisher said had plagued teammate Chris Henry the day before.

Fisher said he expects White to return to the practice field today.

Guard Benji Olson was a spectator at practice as the team has begun backing him down on Wednesdays. Also, defensive tackle Randy Starks was absent, as he was excused for personal reasons on Wednesday.

Linebacker David Thornton did not finish practice on Wednesday as his back tightened up on him. He was replaced in team drills by Gilbert Gardner.

Fisher said punter Craig Hentrich, who missed last week’s game with a back injury, punted before practice on Wednesday. The Titans were forced to sign veteran Josh Miller and will keep him around until Hentrich’s situation is resolved.

“We’re in a position where we can afford to do that right now. We’ll continue to evaluate Craig,” Fisher said.

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