YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We have very little access to the view from the inside, so any conversation with Blake Beddingfield is enlightening.

He was part of 19 Tennessee Titans drafts, the last six as college scouting director.

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And so for this week's podcast, we covered some super-insider territory, starting with a discussion of last week's guest, Samari Rolle, and the best cornerbacks who've played for the Titans.

Then Beddingfield gave us two excellent lists: The three best workouts he attended of players the Titans drafted and the three guys he misread the most as college prospects who landed in Tennessee.

In between the two of those he shared the comps the team had for the three first-round quarterbacks drafted during his tenure: Vince Young, Jake Locker and Marcus Mariota.

Part 1 is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line. 

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. If you didn't know before why I like him so much, you will after these 50 minutes.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As has been the case virtually every year of their existence in Tennessee, the Titans have big questions at wide receiver.

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Corey Davis looked good when he was out there during the offseason, but he wasn’t out there the whole time as he was dinged up in some fashion. And receivers looking good during the offseason have been as frequent an occurrence as them underachieving in the regular season.

We’ve talked a ton about Mike Vrabel and Matt LaFleur maximizing Marcus Mariota.

The Titans’ new offense should also maximize Davis, Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor, Tajae Sharpe and Michael Campanaro.

When media had a chance to talk to assistant coaches, I approached most of them to ask each about what they saw on the other side of the ball.

Many said they were so focused on their side of the ball they didn’t even know the matchup.

But cornerback coach Kerry Coombs offed some good thoughts on the receivers, and he also had some good stuff on how defensive back rewards come about.

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NEW YORK – Here’s where a Bruce Springsteen fanatic tells you Springsteen on Broadway surpassed the hype and my expectations, where my Saturday night in New York was like you at the Super Bowl.

Much has been made about how sportswriters tend to love the guy. I have good friends in the business who share my feelings for him.SpringsteenSigns

At the core, we like the tunes and the authenticity. But we’re jealous of the storytelling. In his songs, and in the stories he shared that revealed the process of his life turning into his music, he uses more active verbs, paints with more colors and evokes more feeling than in anything I read, about sports or anything else.

And I know I can’t and won’t approach it in my work, so to be near it is extraordinary, to hear him detail a family, a friend, a neighborhood, a road trip, a draft notice, a marriage.

Springsteen was really funny at times, talking about putting on the clothes of a factory worker despite never having stepped foot in a factory, about this show being his first five-day-a-week job, about being the Born-to-Run guy and living 10 minutes from the hometown he wanted to bolt, about having no driver’s license and not being able to get an automatic car out of first gear not long before he wrote Racing in the Streets.

“I’m that good,” he said to a big laugh.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Samari Rolle remembers tight-knit Titans vs. 'polarizing personalities' on Ravens

YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When you ask me about my favorite guys to cover on the Titans, Samari Rolle is always near the top of the list.

He visited with me from Florida for this week's podcast, where he corrects my pronunciation of 

Ocala, a city in his state, and I correct his pronunciation of Kevin Byard's last name.

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We cover the difference between the Titans and Ravens teams he played on, he shares the story of the one time he lost his head, he recalls when he learned that a co-catch meant a reception for a receiver, talks of his love for Marshon Lattimore and runs through his thoughts on Malcolm Butler and Mickey Andrews. And those are just the things I managed to write down.

Part 1 is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line. 

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. If you didn't know before why I like him so much, you will after these 50 minutes.

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TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You can now make your plans to see Mike Vrabel and his staff run the Titans through camp practices and to see Marcus Mariota and the guys up close.

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That'll have you ready for prime seats for a couple games at Nissan Stadium, which you can get at Tennesse Tickets. There is a discount for members of the site, which you can get below.

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With one exception, NFL hardly valued Titans’ toss-aways

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Through the offseason, the Titans moved on from 16 players who were on the 2017 team.

Seven of them – 44 percent – have landed new jobs in the league so far. And only one of those seven is in line for a role as big or bigger than he held with the Titans, inside linebacker Avery Williamson.

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In relative order of importance in 2017:

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Are there people with the Titans who fear Mike Vrabel?

pickers vodka 847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three people in the NFL I’ve been around in my time covering the NFL have made me nervous: Al Davis; his lieutenant, Amy Trask; and Bill Polian.

Some combination of my respect level, their personas and, in the first two instances, my youth, made me fear them.

Davis and Polian are both now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel doesn’t have anything close to their resumes at 42. But they both had or have big personalities and a lot of swagger, and Vrabel certain possesses those qualities.VrabelHOUPatsVert

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We’ve had a decent glimpse at how others with the Titans act around Vrabel. And while I think he puts certain

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TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As a way of introduction, I wanted to ask all the Titans position coaches the same question to help us get a feel for them.

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Most staffs have a screamer or two who coach a bit by volume as well as guys who are typically calm.

How to the position coaches on defense characterize themselves? Are they more likely to get in a guys' face or put an arm around their shoulder?

Here are defensive line coach Terrell Williams, defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs, outside linebacker coach Shane Bowen and inside linebacker coach Tyrone McKenzie responding to the question.

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