Vince Young plans to use most of the next five weeks looking ahead to the start of the season. First, though, he’ll take a look back.
The current Tennessee Titans’ quarterback said Thursday he plans to spend the July 4 holiday in Mississippi with the mother of former Titans’ quarterback Steve McNair, who was killed in a murder-suicide incident on July 4, 2009.
“She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going to go out there to Mama Mac’s house in Mississippi,” Young said following the team’s next-to-last organized team activity (OTA) of the offseason. “It’s the one-year anniversary of Steve not being here, but we’re going to eat some barbecue and celebrate the life of Steve McNair and the things he has put my life as well as his family’s life.”
McNair served as a strong male role model to Young, who spent the majority of his youth without a father. Their relationship dated back to when Young was a participant in one of McNair’s football camps.
Outside of that period of reflection, Young plans to set his sights squarely on the start of the regular season, Sept. 12 against the Oakland Raiders.
Among the information that he will take with him to Houston, where he will spend much of his time between now and the start of training camp on July 31, is film on the Raiders as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who come to LP Field on Sept. 19.
“Pretty much the whole OTAs – all the OTAs and anything else that coach (Mike) Heimerdinger thinks I need to continue to work on, that’s pretty much what I’ll be taking home with me,” Young said. “It’s the film work and some of the first games we have – the Raiders and things like that – studying those guys pretty early.”
Friday will be the last of the Titans’ 14 OTAs (the maximum allowable under league rules). The team’s offseason conditioning program will continue for one more week, for those who choose to take part, and after that most players will be on their own until the start of training camp.
“It’s not a vacation, it’s a break before training camp,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “It’s the last three and half to four weeks you have to fine-tune all aspects – physically, emotionally.
“Vince … wants to come in ready to go. There shouldn’t be issues in the playbook or installation and stuff. He should just come out and execute.”
• Thursday was another bad day – in terms of health – for the wide receivers.
Rookie Damian Williams pulled up on a pass route late in the session with what he said was a hamstring injury. That made him the fourth player at that spot injured in a little more than a week.
“There’s never a good time for it to happen,” Williams, a third-round draft choice, said. “But we’re getting ready to have a little break so I’ll have time to rehab. I’ll be ready for camp.”
Paul Williams (right knee) who was injured on Tuesday, and Nate Washington (left wrist) who was injured last week were both out. So was Dominique Edison (wrist). Edison took part in Tuesday’s OTA.
Washington and Paul Williams both were injured in collisions with defensive backs.
“That’s the wideouts,” Young said. “They’re out there competing so hard. You see some of the (defensive backs) out there bruised up as well. They go at it all day every day.”
• Running back Chris Johnson has been nominated for two ESPY awards.
The Titans’ running back is the only NFL player nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete. He also is one of six nominees for Best NFL Player.
Winners will be determined by fan voting, which is underway at espn.com/espys and facebook.com/espn and will be announced during the live 2010 ESPYs telecast, 8 p.m. (CDT), July 14.