Unboxing some old Titans and NFL memorabilia I'd left behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Years ago, when I was driven out of a lovely Nashville neighborhood of bungalows by a country music star who insisted on building a tower with a recording studio and a dance club right next door, I left a box in a high storage area of our old houseScreen Shot 2019 07 15 at 8.54.12 AM

Remarkably, about 13 years later, the owner reached out to my wife to see if it was ours and I was able to go pick it up.

I'm not one to display a bunch of memorabilia. But if I was, the box was filled with the sort of stuff that would be on offices shelves not in storage.

I opened it in this video with the assistance of my nine-year-old son. I think you will really be interested in a couple of the items that qualify as one-of-a-kind Titans' stuff.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Frank Wycheck remains one of the most popular players in Titans' history.

After his 11-year career, he was an accessible radio presence in town, as the color analyst on Titans Radio’s game broadcasts and as part of the Wake Up Zone on 104.5 The Zone, where I spent an hour three mornings a week bantering with him and his co-hosts.

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Before those jobs ended, a guy with back problems talked openly about how he believed he’d have CTE as a result of concussions and hits to the head during his 11-year career.

The combination of the successful career as an underdog, the charming radio personality and the health concerns continued to make him a very likable guy. And because he’s sort of retreated from public life there is some mystery about him now. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So Mike Vrabel did clever work to fend it off.

During his appearance on “Bussin’ with the Boys,” the fun podcast hosted by Taylor Lewan and Will Compton he said lazy reporters were bound to pick up something from it and make it a story.VrabelTalk

Then on the episode, where a generally unguarded guy was even more unguarded, he said something that he was absolutely worthy of being picked up and written about. [Unlocked]

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Where Tajae Sharpe and Darius Jennings fit into WR group as Titans head toward camp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ upgrades at wide receiver bump some guys down to more suitable spots in the rotation.

Corey Davis should be the guy with the most snaps, and Adam Humphries may be right behind him depending on how the Titans deploy him outside of three-wide sets when he’s automatically the slot guy.

The hope would be that A.J. Brown will quickly establish himself as a top-three guy, which would then rank Taywan Taylor fourth, Tajae Sharpe fifth and Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson vying for sixth and seventh -- spots that 

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The Titans started last season with six wide receivers on the roster: Davis, Rishard Matthews, Taylor, Sharpe, Batson and Jennings. They finished the year with five: That group minus Matthews, who asked for and got his release early in the season.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dennis Kelly is locked in as a tackle for the Titans, but there was a time Chip Kelly thought he was purely a guard.

TakeALap 2Dennis Kelly and I covered that and a lot more when we took a lap.

Once again, I struggled to frame myself with a guy a foot taller than me -- see the Brent Urban episode.

But I think that made the conversation that much better as we discussed Disney princesses, how Kelly learned of his trade from the Eagles to the Titans, his best friends, bads drivers and super-athletic dogs.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When it comes to analysts, or  “analysts,” not thinking much of the Titans, I consistently tell you to pay them no heed.

TitansChipI have a hard time understanding why so many Titans' fans get so worked up when a no-name fantasy analyst they’ve never heard of before who’s a league employee says the Titans will win three games. (I mentioned in my recent mailbag.)

Even if you’re an overly optimistic homer, you know more about the team than he does, unless you consider having a great degree of fantasy-ranking knowledge counting as in-depth knowledge of a team.

But I do wonder why Vegas, which typically knows what is what, is down on the Titans.

According to Sascha Paruk from SBD, oddsmakers consider the AFC South one of the most wide-open divisions in the NFL.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy Fourth of July weekend.

Please, may we set aside this thing where we've got to be red or blue and we can't even think about liking someone on the other side and instead all be red, white and blue while we enjoy our barbeques, fireworks and beers.

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Onward to some mail!

Kenny Gore Do you agree Henry is in much the same contract situation as Marcus?? Team should consider the Franchise Tag if Henry has a good season. Many fans already love him, but I think he has not been consistent enough to extend; even if he has a good season this yr. He hasn't been consistent in any season. He always comes on strong to end the yr; while

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