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Morgan: Camp’s Start Feeds Team’s Hunger

Posted by Craig Peters on July 25, 2013 – 3:23 pm

Derrick Morgan said he and the Titans welcome the start of training camp to feed their hunger for better results in 2013.

Derrick Morgan said he and the Titans welcome the start of training camp to feed their hunger for better results in 2013.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, a day before the Titans’ first practice of 2013 training camp, Derrick Morgan talked of a hunger.

The appetite wasn’t because Morgan shed more than five pounds this offseason to play at 265 this year. It was because a bad taste lingered from Tennessee’s 6-10 mark in 2012.

The Titans made multiple coaching and personnel moves to get better, and players used their free time to improve their own game. Morgan said he’s “100 percent” confident that the whole team is better than the one that reported to camp last year.

“I see the changes we made and just the intensity that we brought to practice,” Morgan said. “Guys are hungry. I know I am. We’re tired of losing. Last year was a miserable season for me. I know it was for a lot of people. I know we don’t want to feel that way in January, so we’re going to do whatever it takes to be playing come playoff time and be in New York for the Super Bowl. We have the same goals, so we’re going to work toward them.”

Morgan wanted to lose the weight at the suggestion of pass rush specialist Keith Millard so Morgan can be “more agile, more quick.” He also said he trained “more specifically on football stuff” this year than say between 2010 and 2011 when he was recovering from an ACL injury early in his rookie season.

Personally, Morgan’s most complete season came in 2012 when he started all 16 games and had 66 tackles (35 solo), with 6.5 sacks, 19 quarterback pressures, five tackles for loss and five passes defensed. Those numbers were career highs in every category, expect QB pressures (he had 20 in 2011), and he wants to build momentum and move the Titans forward.

He’s not alone in that regard. Cornerback Jason McCourty said Tennessee was able to do productive work during its offseason program, and that progress created “the most excitement I’ve had going into a training camp since I’ve been here.”

“As a player here, it makes it a lot of fun. We’re going in and there’s going to be a different level of practice. You guys saw it in (organized team activities) and mini-camp,” McCourty said. “We’re looking forward to raising our game. We know when you’ve been losing you have to do something if you want change, so we’ve already made the changes on the roster. Now, it’s up to us as players to go out on the practice field, compete and get better.”


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3 Responses to “Morgan: Camp’s Start Feeds Team’s Hunger”

  1. By EBTITAN on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    I REALLY FEEL THAT D MORG IS GOING TO HAVE A BREAKOUT YEAR! CAME ON STRONG IN THE 2ND HALF LAST YEAR, BEST WISHES #91 E.B.

  2. By edwin on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Lets go D. Morg! show everyone youre not a bust! really excited for this season…appears that everyones headed in the right direction, and yes
    that is specifically referring to CJ and Britt. Griffin is set out to be the ballhawk he was a few years back, and our pass rush is set to break out considering Greg Williams return and a lot of young pass rushers getting comfortable in the system. On offense we have an aspiring leader in Locker, and dont sleep on CJ. People have really thrown him under the bus….dont know why really. We have our number 1 and number 2 wideouts set to have big years in Britt and Wright. I give our first round pick a year or two before he can produce. Nate is always solid, and i think Damian Williams will have a much better season than people expect him to have. Cant forget about our o-line, those dudes are the glue to our whole team. Overall, it should be a great year….wooo, go titans!

  3. By addicted2football on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Morgan should have a great year, the knee injury early in his rookie season was very unfortunate, and we all know that it usually takes 2 years to come back 100% from that. The injury was about mis season in 2010, and as ebtitan mentioned above Morgan was coming on really strong in the last half of 2012. With the injury behind him and Gregg Williams helping, I expect Morgan and the rest of our defense to breakout in 2013. GO TITANS!!!

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