Friday, September 19, 2014
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Calvin to return punts and kickoffs

With DeSean Jackson sidelined, Jorrick Calvin will return both kickoffs and punts Sunday against Tennessee, special teams coordinator Bobby April said.

Calvin to return punts and kickoffs

With DeSean Jackson sidelined, Jorrick Calvin will return both kickoffs and punts Sunday against Tennessee, special teams coordinator Bobby April said.

Calvin has five punt returns on the season with an average of 19.4 yards per return with a long of 38. He also has five kickoff returns with an average of 15.4 yards per return and a long of 44.

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Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the "fast, disruptive" Titans D will be a challenge, particularly with crowd noise.

"There are several guys we have to really take care of" on the Titans' defense, he said. "They rock and roll ... They hustle."

The Titans are 16th in the NFL in total defense (328.5 yards per game), but are fourth in points allowed at 16.3 per game.

"I think we'll be ready" Mornhinweg said, if the Titans decide they can't let Kevin Kolb sit back in the pocket, as he did vs. Atlanta, which managed just one sack.

The Eagles' offense obviously will have a different look without Jackson. Mornhinweg said he has "great confidence" in Jason Avant, but added that Avant will continue to work primarily on the inside. Avant said the outside work normally done by Jackson will be done "by committee."

Mornhinweg said the team "has a plan" --- presumably a limited package of plays -- for running back Jerome Harrison, who was acquired last week in a trade from Cleveland for Mike Bell. "Looks like he's picking up our system pretty well," Mornhinweg said.

"I feel a lot better (in the offense) than I did last week," Harrison said.

A lot of pressure again will be on left tackle King Dunlap, who did well in his first career start last week. Dunlap's challenge now, Mornhinweg said, is to "do it again and again and again and again."

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Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was asked about his views of the league crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits. McDermott indicated he was not going to make a big deal of telling his players to do things differently:

"We're here to play the game the way it's supposed to be played" regardless of league crackdown, he said.

McDermott said Titans running back Chris Johnson is "unlike any back I've seen." He's explosive and plays bigger than he is.

"This running back is special. We need to make sure we're gap sound" and don't get hurt on cutbacks, he said.

McDermott also praised midde linebacker Stewart Bradley, who had his first sack of the season last Sunday. "I thought Stewart Bradley had his best game of the year" against Atlanta, McDermott said.

 

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