Instead of focusing solely on the celebration of Independence Day and enjoying the beautiful summer weather during the doldrums of the NFL offseason, the Tennessee Titans were faced with the cruel reality of losing one of the franchise’s iconic performers.
Steve McNair’s untimely and unfortunate passing has dominated the headlines for the Titans over the course of the last week. The usual emphasis on preparing for the upcoming season was replaced by the tears of frustration and sadness that fell as a result of losing such a beloved former player.
Anything Titan-related outside of the realm of McNair’s death could only be found by digging beneath the surface this week, and deservedly so.
Now that McNair’s funeral has taken place and family, friends and NFL colleagues have paid their proper respects, let’s take a look back at a couple of tidbits of Titans’ news outside of Steve’s passing that occurred over the last seven days.
A few days ago, the Titans signed a few more of their 2009 draft picks. The most prominent signing took place on July 7th, when the team was able to reach a contract agreement with promising TE Jared Cook.
Cook has been a highlight of OTA’s and mini-camps thus far. Making sensational catches while displaying impressive speed for a man of his stature, Cook is poised to make some type of impact as a rookie in 2009.
The other rookie signing this week was OT Troy Kropog. Troy is a versatile big man who under the tutelage of offensive line coach Mike Munchak, has the potential to develop into a solid player one day.
At the very least, Kropog should provide some depth to a unit that is attempting to replace one of its most valuable backups for the last couple of years: Daniel Loper.
Well, that’s it for Titan-related news for now. Over the course of the next several weeks, expect us to prepare for the upcoming season by conducting our annual positional analyses.
Thanks again for all of your continued support for Total Titans and may we all continue to keep Steve and his family in our prayers during these tough times.