Jon Robinson's latest on Jadeveon Clowney, and Stephen Gostkowski too

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – What’s Jon Robinson’s current picture of Jadeveon Clowney’s health?

“What I’ve seen on Twitter, him rushing off the edge and hitting that bag,” he said Tuesday night in a Periscope/ Facebook Live conversation with this site to benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter. “Anytime you are dealing with whatever the contract is going to command, you want to make sure that the player is healthy, that you are able to allow your doctors to see him, to look at it, to make sure everything is going to be good.”

The Titans still cannot bring Clowney to Nashville for a physical that would put them in position to evaluate his recovery from offseason core surgery and allow them to move forward with an attempt to sign the linebacker who played some of his best football while Mike Vrabel coached him in Houston.

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Once Nashville hit a certain phase of reopening, NFL rules allowed the Titans to bring their draft picks to town for off-site physicals by their doctors. After those, the Titans were comfortable beginning to complete contracts for some – they have agreed to terms with fifth-round defensive lineman Larrell Murchison, seventh-round quarterback Cole McDonald and seventh-round defensive back Chris Jackson.

But the same rules did not apply to Clowney or other free agents. [Unlocked.]

Recent reports have the Browns out as competition for Clowney after a renegotiation of Olivier Vernon's contract, with Seattle and perhaps Las Vegas in contention along with Tennessee for Clowney's services. 

Robinson allowed himself to imagine for a moment just what Clowney would mean to the “front multiplicity” Vrabel spoke of starting at his introductory press conference.

“You’ve got (Harold) Landry, you’ve got (Vic) Beasley, you’ve got Clowney – hypothetically, to your point – you’ve got Jeffery Simmons, you’ve got DaQuan (Jones), who’s got some power rush, you’ve got (Kamalei) Correa who goes 100 miles an hour, you’ve got a lot of different pieces that you can move around," he said. "And you’ve got athleticism with Landry, with Beasley, with Correa, you can drop those guys into coverage and send David Long, Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown or whoever it might be. It just gives you a lot of chess pieces in that game."apple icon 114x114 precomposed

Robinson also said the Titans could consider another veteran who’s been a success in his previous stop who might help Tennessee at a position of potential need: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

A left hip injury cost him most of the 2019 season with the Patriots, but his .874 field goal percentage is the fifth best of all-time.

“We certainly have confidence in Greg Joseph, I thought Greg did a great job for us, came in there at the end of last year and did a great job for us and helped us,” Robinson said. “It’d be his job to lose but we want as competitive a position there as possible. (Gostkowski) is another guy who’d we’d have to come in and check, but yeah, absolutely (we’d consider him.)”

 

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