Quotable Monday: Reading Ken Whisenhunt

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The Tennessee Titans released an official transcript of Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s presser Monday.

Here are a few snippets:

“(On Derek Hagan having another opportunity)

He’s a veteran guy. I think I said this the first week he was in there, I was impressed because he came in with no real practice and showed up on the field. It’s good to have him. I think that we can do a lot of things with him. He’s in competition for a spot, so he’s a veteran and he’s making a good push for it.”

Reaction: Jot Hagan down as a contender for the fourth/fifth receiver spots along with guys like Michael Preston and Marc Mariani.

“(On players who stood out during practice)

I think it’s hard to see with the inside guys. I thought there was a lot of physical play. Mike Martin, I think, has done some good things. Ropati (Pioitua)’s a big dude. He seems to show up. I saw Bishop (Sankey) kind of flash today. Sankey, he made some good runs. I thought there was a couple of times in protections, he fit up in there nicely. Nate Washington, he brought the old guy out the archives, and he looked okay. I thought, like I said, it was a good day, for the most part. Derrick Morgan, there was a couple of times he flashed, and Kamerion Wimbley. I was pleased with how we got through practice today.”

Reaction: Martin appeared to be one of the defensive ends fighting for a roster sport as well with Karl Klug. Sankey is expected to be a workhorse and it’s no surprise to hear Washington is still plugging along. Morgan and Wimbley seem to be transitioning into defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s defense well.

“(On Jake Locker’s progression)

I was happy in the spring with where he had progressed to, but now it’s almost like we’re starting over and then we’re doing it in pads, and then we’re going to have preseason games, so I think it’s early to make that kind of evaluation, but I’m happy with the way Jake’s working. I’m happy with a lot of little things that we’re seeing him doing here, but there’s no substitute for seeing what happens in a game. When we get to some of these controlled, for a lack of a better word, scrimmages, then you get a better sense.”

Reaction: Starting over with your fourth-year quarterback is not something you want to hear if you’re a Titans fan. We’ll see how he transitions as the team moves toward scrimmages and preseason contests.

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