Titans coach Mike Munchak mixing it up

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak promised Friday that he

would mix things up regarding practice reps in positions where

there’s open competition.

Munchak was true to his word Saturday in the first practice

session as players rotated in and out with different combinations,

even alternating quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker

between the first and second units, sometimes even within the a

series.

”We think that’s the best way to do it, for them to compete

that way, to avoid a lot of things,” Munchak said. ”Avoid looking

at the script beforehand, knowing what plays you are going to get,

knowing who you are working with.

”That way coaches can make more of the decisions on what they

want to see them doing, who they want to see them with. Like I

mentioned, we will do that with the quarterback position. We did it

with the offensive line. We’ll do it with some defensive positions

throughout camp and try to find the right mixture as a group.”

On the offensive line, centers Eugene Amano and Kevin Matthews

are competing for a starting job, while Leroy Harris and Fernando

Velasco are alternating at right guard.

At quarterback, Locker, who spoke for the first time in camp,

said he understands the meaning behind the coaching method being

applied.

”They told us it would be a little different. Just how we

shuffled through practice was a little different. The goal is to

get each of us the same amount of snaps with the different groups

and evaluate it from there,” Locker said.

Locker said he still isn’t exactly sure what he needs to show

the coaching staff to win the starting quarterback job in camp, but

he knows what he wants them to see from him.

”Exactly what I need to show them, I don’t really know,”

Locker said.

”But my goal to show them is that I’m comfortable within this

offense, that I’m confident in myself and my abilities in this

offense, and that it wouldn’t be too big for me.”

The other players on offense say the switching back and forth at

quarterback won’t be a problem in practices.

”Both of them have the ability to put the ball where it needs

to be,” tight end Jared Cook said. ”Both of them are good

players, and they can get the job done. And that’s what we have to

get used to in practice.”

Something else the Titans will have to get used to is being

without two of their top receivers. Kenny Britt is on the

physically-unable-to-perform list to start camp, and is also could

be disciplined by the NFL for a drunken driving arrest last week in

Kentucky. Britt wasn’t seen on the practice field or in the locker

room Saturday.

Meanwhile, first-round pick Kendall Wright remains unsigned, one

of two first-round picks in the NFL still out of camp after Ryan

Tannehill agreed to terms with Miami on Saturday. The Titans and

Wright remain apart over guaranteed money in the fourth year of his

contract and offset language the team wants to include. Munchak

said he would like to have Wright in camp as soon as possible.

”You want everyone here. We know Kendall is going to be a big

part of this offense,” Munchak said. ”We feel he is, from what we

saw last month. We know at some point that he’ll be here. You know,

`the sooner the better,’ so we leave it at that and hope we see him

real soon.”

NOTES: Rookie undrafted receiver Devin Aguilar didn’t practice

Saturday because of a mild hamstring pull. … Receiver O.J.

Murdoch hasn’t reported to camp because of a personal issue.