Tag:Gerald McRath
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:37 am

Welcome back, suspended stars!

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Roethlisberger (US Presswire)
With the first quarter of the NFL season in the books, several big name players will be returning from league-mandated four-game suspensions. The headliner, of course, is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers relied on three different quarterbacks and wound up going 3-1 without their star.

Santonio Holmes returns to a Jets offense that’s riding a three-game winning streak and has put up big passing numbers in two of those games. Holmes will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the starting lineup and instantly become Mark Sanchez’s primary deep target. (Holmes is also a spectacular route runner who can play underneath.)

Brian Cushing returns to a Texans defense that is 3-1 but getting gashed through the air. Cushing is an assertive blitzer who can defend tight ends in the flats. He won’t fix Houston’s problems, but he could at least alleviate them.

There are also two smaller name players of significance coming back. The Titans will have brash outside linebacker Gerald McRath bolster their linebacking depth. McRath is a tad inconsistent in the open field but he’s a better athlete than veteran Jamie Winborn at this point. Expect McRath to start at some point, if not right away.

Supple second-year tight end Shawn Nelson returns to a Bills offense that pretty much hasn’t existed through four games. Nelson, thanks to fluid agility, has star potential, though it’s a question whether he can stay focused and be properly utilized in Chan Gailey’s offense.

The underlining story of these suspension is that the teams of the three stars – Roethlisberger, Holmes and Cushing – all went 3-1 during this early stretch.

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:44 pm

Titans want to pump (clap) you up

When you’re working out in the gym, how many reps do you take? A couple sets of bench presses, probably. Some barbell and dumbbell curls. A few exercises for your triceps and lats. Maybe a few sets of nosebreakers and leg presses.

When you’re finished and your body has collapsed, how many reps have you pushed out? A couple hundred maybe? Three hundred, tops?

How about 1,000? That’s how hard some of the Titans have been working out this offseason, according to ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky . Take your basic workout, and multiply it by about four. That's what the Titans are doing, That’s pretty ridiculous, right?

Among the group of young Titans taking part in the three-hour workouts that lasted six weeks were DT Sen’Derrick Marks and LB Gerald McRath.

“We were doing 100 reps a day squats and 100 reps a day bench press, just 100 reps of almost everything we did,” Marks told the web site. “Me and Gerald just put the commitment in and said we’re going to do it no matter how much it takes… The first week we couldn’t move. But that’s what it takes.”

Added McRath: “Those were like breakdown workouts. You totally take your body to its breaking point, you take care of it, you replenish, you refuel, you hydrate and you come back and do the same thing over again. I threw up once a week for the first three weeks when we were squatting. It was legit.”

It doesn’t sound legit. It sounds bonkers.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:25 pm

What to do with Tennessee's LBs?

In the past few days, we’ve blogged about the no-showing of Stephen Tulloch and the travails and wanderings of Keith Bulluck. Those two posts help make up a larger story about the shape of the Tennessee Titans LB corps.

Basically, it’s not in good shape .

Tulloch, the leading tackler from last season, signed his restricted free agent tender this week, but he hasn’t been seen since. Bulluch, who had the second-most tackles, is a free agent and still not completely recovered from ACL surgery. Gerald McRath, who had 47 tackles last year and was projected to be a starter, has to serve a four-game suspension after a positive test of a banned substance. David Thornton (59 tackles), meanwhile, has been beset by injuries and won’t be ready until training camp. Plus, he’s 31.

What to do, what to do?

"We have plenty of options as far as the position is concerned," head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. "We have great competition. We have guys that have played, so we have plenty of time to get that thing sorted out."

One option is former Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon, a solid veteran who signed as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He’s already helped rookie Rennie Curran.

"It's kind of in a state of flux, but as always, you try to bring stability to the situation,” Witherspoon told the Associated Press. “You make sure you understand what's going on and how you can approach the situation. That's exactly what I want to do. I want to come in here and be on the field playing, making plays and doing what I've always done throughout my career. That's the way I look at it.”

Among the other options at LB for Tennessee, Jamie Winborn, Colin Allred and Stanford Keglar will vie for playing time. Also, the team still could choose to resign Bulluck.

“I’m still watching the Keith Bulluck situation,” Fisher said. “I have not changed on that. We have options and fortunately we have plenty of time to deal with that."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 3:46 pm

Another one for the Titans

It’s not been what you’d call a great last two days for the Titans. First, QB Vince Young. Now, LB Gerald McRath.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said today that McRath has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

McRath told the Tennessean that he didn’t take a steroid.

"I have no idea," he told the newspaper. "… I didn’t test positive for a steroid … None of the products I took were on the banned list.’’

--Josh Katzowitz

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