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Munchak: We looked at Lloyd, will look at TO too

Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:40 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 10:41 pm
 
The Titans could kick the tires on Terrell Owens in the coming weeks. (US PRESSWIRE)

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The Titans lost Kenny Britt for the season to a knee injury in Week 3. Days later, the team signed Rams former second-rounder Donnie Avery, who is still learning the offense. That should change soon, though.

“This will be his third week with the team,” head coach Mike Munchak said on his radio show Tuesday (via the Tennessean). “We feel comfortable hopefully that he’ll be able to go in and start pushing the ball down the field a little bit. He’ll start getting more reps in games. We have to start getting him involved and take advantage of some of the things he can do with his speed and his experience.”

Getting Avery more involved may have been important all along, but now it's a necessity. Munchak also revealed that the Titans took a long look at Brandon Lloyd, the big-play wideout who the Rams acquired from the Broncos earlier this week.

“We looked hard at him, no doubt,” Munchak said. “We’ve looked at every opportunity. We’re always looking to upgrade and we lost Kenny Britt … We have young guys we know can step up – Damian Williams and Marc Mariani and Lavelle Hawkins.”

Through four games, Williams, Mariani and Hawkins have combined for 24 receptions, 211 yards and two touchdowns. (Mariani also doubles as a returner where he averages 6.5 yards per punt return and 28.2 yards per kickoff return.)

Munchak cited several reasons why the organization ultimately passed on Lloyd.

“I think it was part business, part what they were looking for at one time as far as what they wanted,” Munchak said. “His contract is also up (after this year), meaning we’d only have him for 11 weeks and then there’s a good chance we could lose him to free agency next year."

In Britt's absence, Nate Washington is the Titans' No. 1 receiver (28 catches, 389 yards, 1 TD). And while the Titans may be happy with Washington's production, they were also interested in adding another downfield target. That not only helps quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, but opens things up in the running game, surely something Chris Johnson would welcome.

“We were looking at [Lloyd] because he is a talent and did have a great year last year. We just played against him a couple of weeks ago, so we know how good he can be. But unfortunately it didn’t get worked out.”

But Tennessee isn't done looking. Munchak said that they'll keep an eye on 37-year-old Terrell Owens when he's healthy.

“That’s something that at some point when (Owens’) health is better and he can pass a physical – people thought the midpoint of the season, maybe – he might be a guy that may be able to to work out to prove where he’s at,” he said. “So of course us, or whoever else, is going to take a look, just like we have with other free agents, to see what kind of shape he’s in.”

Any future Owens might have with the team will be contingent on, among other things, his health, as well as how the Titans' current crop of wideouts perform in the coming weeks.

“A lot is going to depend for us on how we are producing at that (wide receiver) postion three weeks or two weeks from now, and how we’re doing (overall),” Munchak said. “All those things will factor into it. But I’m sure whenever you’ve got a player that has his capabilities, everyone’s going to know exactly where he’s at. If he has a way of helping our team win, then for sure you’re going to take a look at him.”

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Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:48 am
 

Munchak: We looked at Lloyd, will look at TO too

First, they need to stop ignoring Mariani on offense...What good is a great receiver if you never throw to him?  Andre Johnson would struggle being ignored in an offense...

Second, if you wanted a good receiver WHY DIDN'T YOU KEEP RANDY MOSS???????   Sure he is an emotional train wreck and an attitude, but he could still have produced for this team they way he did in New England.  They ignored him last season and left him on the bench...talk about idiotic moves...why get him to hold him hostage on your bench?  Talk about a waste of money.  All getting T.O. will do is give you what you already had and threw away in Randy Moss...T.O. is a taller, whinier Randy Moss...nothing more.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:11 am
 

Munchak: We looked at Lloyd, will look at TO too

Why would you want to destroy team chemistry for a washed up has-been cancer that you'd probably only have until the end of the season anyway?

The Titans have a good group going there, they shouldn't meddle with it.  Lloyd has way more class incidentally, I heard him speaking a few days ago on ESPN.  Really intelligent guy. 


jhoshamusing
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:42 pm
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