NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
When Pollard joined the Titans this year, Stewart went to his new teammate, photo in hand, for an autograph.
"It's a very cool photo,'' Pollard said. "But when you got 280 yards (rushing) on you ... I was hot. They did a great job. But to be on the team, for him to be my teammate, to be on a team with him, man it's a great thing.''
"It's always good to have a guy like that on the team,'' Stewart said.
The Titans certainly are counting on Pollard to lead a defense bouncing back from a difficult season. They gave up a franchise-worst 471 points in 2012, most in the NFL and took advantage of Baltimore's salary cap purge of a Super Bowl-winning roster by signing the feisty veteran to a one-year contract a week after he was released.
Tennessee's roster in 2012 was its youngest in years, and the Titans need someone to point the direction back to the playoffs. Cornerback
"And he's a leader,'' McCourty said. "We can look to him and try to get his tone that he sets and kind of just follow. I think that's huge for our defense. We were missing that last year. Just that guy that brings that aggression, that toughness and that loud voice, I just think that's going to help us.''
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray sees Pollard as the player who can get his teammates' attention.
"If there was a turnover and our guys walked on the football field, what attitude you going out there with?'' Gray said. "And if you're going out with the wrong attitude, you're probably giving up a touchdown or a field goal, and then you need a guy like him to get the rest of the guys to say, `Hey, look. We can't give up anything, even though the offense did this. We're on the same team.' And I think that's what you do, and you get better.''
Pollard has made his presence known both on the practice field and in the locker room where he has both his termination letter from Baltimore taped inside his locker along with a message for this season with a note simply stating: "GOAL - SUPER BOWL MISSION - KILL !!!''
Pollard said the Titans cannot care about hurting any feelings, not when so little is expected out of them.
"At the end of the day, we're looking for wins,'' Pollard said.
NOTES: The Titans wrapped up practice 20 minutes early due to a thunderstorm that sent fans hurrying to the parking lot. ... Middle linebacker