Tag:Justin Gage
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:56 pm

Randy Moss is now a bench warmer

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the biggest stories in the NFL last week went largely unnoticed. Heading into Thursday night, we wondered if Kenny Britt’s return to the Titans lineup (Britt had missed the past month or so with a hamstring injury) would force Randy Moss to the R. Moss (US Presswire)bench. Though Moss has had a minimal impact in Tennessee this season, it seemed inconceivable that the future Hall of Famer wouldn’t start.

Well, not only did Moss not start – he didn’t play in the three-receiver sets, either. Moss was the Titans’ fourth wideout behind Britt, Nate Washington and Justin Gage. Credit Jeff Fisher for having the gall to do what’s right. At this point, Moss, with his stiff route running and declining acceleration, is indeed Tennessee’s fourth best receiver.

In the days following the game, there was talk about the Titans designing packages that would get Britt and Moss on the field together. On Monday, however, Jeff Fisher seemed to dump a little cold water on that idea.

“We’ve got quite a few of our guys that know all three positions,” Fisher said, according to the Tennessean. “Kenny’s just been focused on the one position at the split end. So it really would be a result of Kenny being able to go out there without any issues and play both positions.

“But again, I would say (getting them both in the lineup together) is a possibility. I didn’t say we’d definitely do it.”

The reality is, there’s no reason for the Titans to play Moss at all this point. He likely won’t be around next season. If they’re going to design new receiving packages, they’re best off putting their focus on getting young, ultra athletic tight end Jared Cook more experience in the slot.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:19 pm

Kenny Britt back; who starts?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Kenny Britt is set to return to the Titans lineup against the Colts Thursday night. The second-year wide receiver is not even listed on the team’s injury report after missing the team’s past four games with a hamstring injury. Britt’s return means Jeff Fisher has a decision to make: does he start his recent first-round pick or keep going with Randy Moss?

Moss was brought in specifically to fill the void resulting from Britt’s absence. He has been close to a nonfactor, catching five total passes in four games. Britt was coming off a 225-yard performance and had scored a touchdown in five straight games before getting hurt. Commonsense would suggest you go with the young guy.

But it is almost inconceivable that Moss, 33, could come off anyone’s bench. Of course, we’ve seen Moss come off the field in a few critical passing situations for the Titans already.

The guess here is Fisher will start Moss opposite Nate Washington and use Britt. This is a role Britt actually had early in the season when Justin Gage was starting.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 5:40 pm

Bernard Pollard fined big (he wasn't alone)

Posted by Andy Benoit

The $25,000 that Andrew Johnson and Cortland Finnegan paid from last week’s fight were not the biggest fines to come out of the Texans-Titans game. According to the Associated Press, the NFL docked Texans safety Bernard Pollard $40,000 for unnecessary roughness against Titans wideout Justin Gage. The league ruled that Pollard struck a defenseless Gage in the head.

Pollard’s fine was steeper because he was a repeat offender (he was fined $5,000 earlier in the season for a violation against his former Chiefs team). On an unrelated note (or perhaps a related note, who knows?) Pollard had a terrific game against the Eagles Thursday night. He was a maniac as an extra run defender in the box, and he made a few nice plays between the numbers in pass coverage (an area he has struggled for most of this season).

Other players fined for hits this week…

Panthers safety Sherrod Martin 40K, Cardinals offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges 20K and Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans 10K. Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm also paid $5,000 for a major facemask.

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