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2009 Titans Training Camp Information

Posted Jul 21, 2009

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --
The Tennessee Titans begin training camp in Nashville on Friday, July 31.  Fans are invited to attend a total of 18 practices during the four-week camp, all free of charge. 

Once again this year the Titans will conduct all training camp practices at Baptist Sports Park, where the vast majority of the team’s camps have been conducted since the team moved to Tennessee in 1997.  The Titans held camp at Tennessee State University from 1997-98, Baptist Sports Park’s Bellevue location in 1999 and their current facility in MetroCenter since 2000 (other than two weeks of camp in 2006 at Austin Peay State University).

Training camp will operate similarly to previous years with one significant improvement: fans now can park their vehicles directly across the street from Baptist Sports Park at the CVS/Caremark corporate offices (445 Great Circle Road).

For an up-to-date camp schedule, fans can call the team’s training camp hotline at (615) 565-4190, or they can go to the team’s official website, TitansOnline.com. 

 
TITANS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
(Please note: schedule subject to change)

Friday, July 31
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Saturday, Aug. 1 
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Sunday, Aug. 2
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Monday, Aug. 3
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Tuesday, Aug. 4
8:30 a.m. team practice 
Open to public

7:30 p.m. team practice
Open to public

Wednesday, Aug. 5
No practices scheduled

Thursday, Aug. 6
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Friday, Aug. 7
4 p.m. team practice
Open to public

Tuesday, Aug. 11 
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Wednesday, Aug. 12
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Thursday, Aug. 13
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Monday, Aug. 17
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Tuesday, Aug. 18
8:30 a.m. team practice 
Open to public

7 p.m. team practice
Open to public

Wednesday, Aug. 19
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Sunday, Aug. 23
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Monday, Aug. 24
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

Tuesday, Aug. 25
Noon team practice
Open to public

Wednesday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. team practice 
Open to public

A FAN'S GUIDE TO TRAINING CAMP

Training camp is the best time for fans to get an up-close look at the current Tennessee Titans.  It is the only time of the year when practice is open to the public.  A total of 18 practices are scheduled for fans to watch from July 31 through Aug. 26. For more information on Titans training camp, fans can call the team’s training camp hotline at (615) 565-4190 or log on to the team’s official website, TitansOnline.com.

FAN ADMISSION AND PARKING:  Admission to practice and parking for fans is free at Baptist Sports Park. For the first time, fans attending training camp can park directly across the street from Baptist Sports Park in the CVS/Caremark corporate offices at 445 Great Circle Road.

DIRECTIONS TO TRAINING CAMP PARKING: From Interstate 65 in downtown Nashville, take Exit 85 (Rosa Parks Boulevard) North. Proceed on Rosa Parks Boulevard and turn right on Athens Way. Turn left on Great Circle Road. Security officials will direct fans to the parking lot on the right and assist crossing the street into Baptist Sports Park.

AT PRACTICE: At the practice facility, fans are permitted to walk along and watch from the outside perimeter of the three outdoor practice fields. Gates to the practice field generally open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled practice. Workouts inside the practice “bubble” are closed to the public.

PRACTICE TIMES: The majority of training camp practices begin at 3:30 p.m.  Additionally, some practices are scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 7 p.m.and noon. 

AUTOGRAPHS:  Every player on the Titans roster will take part in a free autograph session after practice at least once during training camp.  Generally, three to five players are assigned to the autograph schedule each day, and usually the players sign autographs along the sideline of the field nearest to the fan entrance.  Additional players may choose to sign autographs at their discretion.  The players’ time is limited, however, and fans are not guaranteed to receive autographs. A tentative autograph schedule is released approximately one week in advance at TitansOnline.com and through various media outlets.  The first week’s schedule appears on the left of this page. The autograph schedule is subject to change without notice.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Fans should dress appropriately for the heat of Middle Tennessee.  Training camp practices often take place during the hottest portions of the day, and there are very few shaded areas overlooking the practice fields at Baptist Sports Park.

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ACCESS TO PRACTICE IS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS: Although over-crowding is rare at training camp practices, there is a limit to the number of fans who can safely attend practices.  Fans arriving first will be given first priority.

MERCHANDISE AND CONCESSIONS:  A merchandise tent will be open during all practices, selling a variety of Titans goods and apparel.  The merchandise tent will be located at the entrance to the practice field.  Additionally, a concession stand selling ice cold Coca-Cola products will be open during all practices.  Fans are permitted to bring their own refreshments.  However, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

VIDEO CAMERAS PROHIBITED: Fans are not permitted to use video cameras during training camp practices and are asked to not bring them onto the premises.  Video features on cellular devices are also prohibited from being used.  However, “still” photography cameras are permitted.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: The safety of fans and players is the organization’s top priority during training camp practices.  If inclement weather, particularly lightening, is moving into the area, practice may be moved to the team’s indoor practice “bubble,” where fans are not permitted due to space restrictions.  Practice also is subject to be moved indoors due to extreme heat conditions.  Upon inclement weather, fans may be asked to depart the practice facility.

WEEK 1 AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE

The following training camp autograph schedule is subject to change without notice:

Friday, July 31 - 3:30 PM Practice
Justin Gage, Stephen Tulloch, Josh Stamer, LaJuan Ramsey, Jared Cook

Saturday, Aug. 1 - 3:30 PM Practice
Keith Bulluck, Chris Johnson, DeMarcus Faggins, Tanard Davis, Gerald McRath

Sunday, Aug. 2 - 3:30 PM Practice
Vince Young, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Craig Stevens, Derrick Jones, Ryan Mouton

Monday, Aug. 3 - 3:30 PM Practice
Alge Crumpler, Jacob Ford, Cary Williams, Jason Murphy, A.J. Trapasso

Tuesday, Aug. 4 - 8:30 AM Practice
Michael Roos, Ryan Fowler, Kevin Vickerson, Matthew Mulligan, Phillip Morris

7:30 PM Practice - Assistant coaching staff to autograph after evening practice.

Thursday, Aug. 6 - 3:30 PM Practice
Nick Harper, David Stewart, Rafael Little, Cory Lekkerkerker, Jeremy Haynes

Friday, Aug. 7 - 3:30 PM Practice
Chris Hope, Lavelle Hawkins, Jovan Haye, Doug Datish, Dudley Guice

Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 3:30 PM Practice
Rob Bironas, Bo Scaife, Donnie Nickey, Mark Jones

Wednesday, Aug. 12 - 3:30 PM Practice
Ahmard Hall, Vincent Fuller, William Hayes, Fernando Velasco, Nick Schommer

Thursday, Aug. 13 - 3:30 PM Practice
Nate Washington, Dave Ball, Casey Cramer, Larry Birdine, Dominique Edison, Tyson Smith

Monday, Aug. 17 - 3:30 PM Practice
Jason Jones, Colin Allred, Paul Williams
Tuff Harris, Ryan Durand

Tuesday, Aug. 18 - 8:30 AM Practice
Kevin Mawae, Craig Hentrich
Chris Henry, Troy Kropog

Tuesday, Aug. 18 - 7:00 PM Practice
TBA

Wednesday, Aug. 19 - 3:30 PM Practice
LenDale White, Leroy Harris, Chris Davis
Mike Otto, Kenny Britt

Sunday, Aug. 23 - 3:30 PM Practice
Kerry Collins, Cortland Finnegan, Jevon Kearse
Mitch King, Rodney Ferguson

Monday, Aug. 24 - 3:30 PM Practice
Michael Griffin, Patrick Ramsey, Stanford Keglar
Rocky Boiman, Sen’Derrick Marks

Tuesday, Aug. 25 - 12:00 PM Practice
Tony Brown, Jake Scott, Quinton Ganther
William Hayes, Javon Ringer

Wednesday, Aug. 26 - 3:30 PM Practice
David Thornton, Eugene Amano, Ken Amato
Vincent Fuller, Jason McCourty

CAMP/PRESEASON CALENDAR

July 30-31: Rookies and veterans report to training camp at Baptist Sports Park

July 31: First practice 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 3: 50th anniversary of Bud Adams’ announcement that the Houston Oilers would enter the American Football League (Aug. 3, 1959)

Aug. 9: First preseason game vs. Buffalo in Canton, Ohio (Hall of Fame Game)

Aug. 15: Second preseason game/first at home vs. Tampa Bay at LP Field

Aug. 21: Third preseason game at Dallas

Aug. 26: Final day of training camp

Aug. 29: Fourth preseason game at Cleveland

Sept. 1: Roster cutdown to 75 players

Sept. 3: Fifth preseason game vs. Green Bay

Sept. 5: Roster cutdown to 53 players

Sept. 10: Thursday night regular season opener at Pittsburgh

ROSTER REDUCTIONS/PRACTICE SQUADS

The Titans may carry 80 players on their roster at the start of training camp.  NFL rules limit teams to 80 total players on active and reserve lists. Clubs must trim their active rosters twice prior to the start of the regular season.  On Sept. 1, three days after the Titans’ third preseason game, the roster can have a maximum of 75 active players.  On Sept. 5, two days after the fifth and final preseason game, the NFL will mandate active rosters reach their regular-season limit of 53 players. Players placed on reserve lists such as Injured Reserve do not count towards the 53-man active roster limit. After the final cutdown, an eight-player practice squad may be established as early as Sept. 6. 

FOLLOW CAMP ONLINE

Fans can get an insider’s look at training camp every day at the team’s official website -- TitansOnline.com.  TitansOnline.com will be on location at Baptist Sports Park, posting the latest news and video every day during camp.  Re-launched in 2009, the website contains several new and improved features, including:

Updated and easy-to-navigate roster, depth chart, statistics and schedule links

New media center featuring the latest video, audio and slideshows from the Titans practice field and locker room

Useful resources for LP Field, ticket and community relations information

A new Titans Cheerleaders page with photos and video of the squad

A “Fan Zone” that features free downloads, information for kids, T-Rac features and the Titans “Fan of the Week” promotion

Also, fans can get connected to the Titans through Facebook and Twitter. Follow the team at twitter.com/tennesseetitans and facebook.com/titans.

TRAINING CAMP STORY LINES

Jeff Fisher will run his 15th training camp as the team’s head coach.  Fisher, who has the longest tenure with one team of any active NFL head coach, spearheaded his first camp in 1995.  He took over the team as interim head coach for the final six games of 1994.

Chuck Cecil will participate in his first camp in the role of defensive coordinator.  Cecil, a former NFL safety whose first year on the coaching staff was 2001, was promoted to his current position early in the offseason after former coordinator Jim Schwartz was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Game preparation wil begin earlier than normal, as the Titans play a total of five preseason games for the first time since 1994.  On Aug. 9, just 10 days after camp begins, they kick off the NFL’s preseason slate against the Buffalo Bills in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Kerry Collins, entering his fourth season with the Titans, begins his first training camp with the club since becoming the starting quarterback during the 2008 season and receiving a contract extension in February.  He earned a 12-3 record as a starter last year.

Wide receiver Kenny Britt headlines an 11-member Titans draft class that the public can see in action for the first time.  Britt, the 30th overall selection, ended his three-year career at Rutgers with 3,043 yards, making him Big East Conference’s all-time leading receiver.

Among other significant newcomers to the Titans are wide receiver Nate Washington and defensive tackle Jovan Haye.  Washington was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, while Haye, a product of Vanderbilt University, was added from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Titans are scheduled to conduct 18 practices at Baptist Sports Park that are free and open to the public from Friday, July 31 through Wednesday, Aug. 26.  The schedule is subject to change.  Fans should check TitansOnline.com or call the team’s training camp hotline at (615) 565-4190 for the latest updates.  If there is inclement weather in the area or extreme heat conditions, practice may be moved to the indoor practice bubble, which will be closed to the public due to space concerns.

THE SEASON AHEAD

If the Titans are going to make a third consecutive playoff appearance following the 2009 season, they will have to navigate a challenging schedule that includes several games against playoff teams, match-ups with each of the Super Bowl XLIII participants and lengthy travel.

Beginning with a Thursday night opener (Sept. 10) to kick off the NFL regular season at Heinz Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the Titans will play four of their first six games on the road before taking their bye the weekend of Oct. 25.

However, early-season road travels give way to a friendlier home schedule at the close of the season.  The Titans play four of their last six games at LP Field, including a string of three consecutive home games in December against the St. Louis Rams (Dec. 13), Miami Dolphins (Dec. 20) and San Diego Chargers (Dec. 25).

SIX GAMES AGAINST PLAYOFF TEAMS

For the second consecutive season, the Titans will play a total of six games against opponents who earned playoff berths in the previous season.  In 2009, they will face the division-winning Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 29), Dolphins and Chargers at LP Field and the Steelers on the road.  The Cardinals and Steelers most recently represented their conferences in Super Bowl XLIII. Additionally, they will play two games against the Indianapolis Colts (Oct. 11 and Dec. 6), who earned a Wild Card berth in 2008.

Last year’s combined record of Tennesseee’s 2009 opponents was 130-126, or a winning percentage of .508.  That is the lowest previous season’s winning percentage for Titans opponents since 2005, when they played teams that went a combined 126-130 (.492) in 2004.

A PAIR OF FIRSTS

For the first time, the Cardinals will play a game in Tennessee.  The two teams will meet for only the ninth time in the regular season and for the first time outside of Arizona since 1994, when the then-Houston Oilers hosted the game.  The Cardinals will become the last of the NFL’s 32 current franchises to play a game at LP Field, which opened in 1999.  The Titans have had success in playing teams making their initial appearance at LP Field, building a 23-7 record (.767) in those games.  That includes most recently a 30-17 win in 2008 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Titans also will make an initial appearance of their own inside an unfamiliar venue.  In their first visit to Seattle (Jan. 3) since 1998, they will play for the first time at Qwest Field, which opened in 2002.

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