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Charlie Whitehurst Happy With Offensive Progression

Posted Aug 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst told the media Thursday that he is pleased with how the team’s offense is coming along nearly a full week into training camp. The Titans signed Whitehurst this past offseason as a free agent after he spent the last two seasons in San Diego with the Chargers.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt brought the ninth-year pro with him to Tennessee after the two worked together with the Chargers in 2013. Whisenhunt made it clear in OTA’s that Whitehurst would be the team’s number two quarterback going into the season.

Whitehurst knows the offense that Whisenhunt is installing with the Titans, and the QB has been an asset to everyone else around him.

“It shouldn’t be too new to the guys and it’s not,” said Whitehurst. “We’re starting to pick it up and own it as our offense. It’s my second year in it which is helpful, and if I can help some guys learn it a little quicker then that’s great. I think we’ve gotten better every day and that’s what training camp is for.”

Whitehurst stressed the importance of the team’s OTA’s – when most of the installation occurred. Now it’s all about studying the film and getting comfortable.

“I think early on we introduced some things that I knew that the other guys didn’t,” Whitehurst said. “Now the offense is in and now it’s just fine tuning it.”

With the rest of the offense catching on, Whitehurst now focuses on his reps in practice. One of the biggest challenges in training camp is to get each quarterback enough snaps to be prepared.

“Reps are really important,” he said. “We’re all in the same boat. We haven’t played in a number of months now and I haven’t played much the past few years. You have to take care of your reps and get your mental reps when you’re not in.”

The opportunity to continue to work with Whisenhunt is something that Whitehurst looks forward to in his first season as a Titan.

“I have had a lot of respect for Ken throughout the years, but especially working with him last year was a lot of fun,” Whitehurst said of his head coach. “We were very good on offense and he’s a great offensive coach. It’s nice to be with him.”

Whitehurst complimented the growth of starting quarterback Jake Locker as he continues to get acclimated in the new offense. The two signal callers have created a strong relationship and have spent plenty of time together during camp.

“It’s been good,” Whitehurst said explaining his relationship with Locker. “We had the day off yesterday and we were able to hang out a little bit. We’re rooming together this preseason and stuff so it’s been really good.”

It’s been two years since Whitehurst has attempted a pass on Sundays, but he does come to the Titans with big game experience. In 2010, Whitehurst led the Seattle Seahawks past the St. Louis Rams in a week 17 matchup to win the NFC West – a memory that has stayed with him.

“You’re only as good as your last snap. You take things from your whole career and learn from stuff so it makes you better today,” he said.

Training camp is a grind and it can get old going against your own teammates day in and day out. Luckily for the Titans, they have a joint practice coming up with the Falcons, and their first preseason game just over a week away.

“I think in the next few days we’ll feel that,” said Whitehurst. “We go to Atlanta in a few days which will be fun and like a pre-preseason game. I’d say by the time we suit up for Green Bay we’ll be chomping at the bit to play Green Bay.”

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