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Tennessee Titans Football

Titans, Cardinals Feature NFL’s Top Current “Iron Man” Receivers

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 12, 2013 – 12:58 pm

wash-fitz121213Between the Titans and Cardinals, this week’s matchup is expected to feature the two active NFL wide receivers with the longest current streaks of consecutive games: Tennessee’s Nate Washington and Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald.

Washington has played in the last 125 games, a streak that began with the 2006 season opener, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in 48 consecutive games for the Steelers before signing with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2009, and he has not missed a game in his five seasons in Tennessee (77 games).

Fitzgerald is second on the current “iron man” list for wide receivers. He has appeared in the last 97 games for the Cardinals, every contest since he was inactive on Dec. 2, 2007 with a groin injury.

The next-closest wide receiver to Washington and Fitzgerald on the consecutive-games list is Chicago’s Eric Weems, at 83 games.

Active NFL wide receivers with the longest current consecutive-games streaks:

RECEIVER

125 – Nate Washington – Tennessee
97 – Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona
83 – Eric Weeks – Chicago
61 – Brandon Tate – Cincinnati
56 – Eric Decker – Denver

Two other members of the Titans own the longest current games-played streaks at their respective positions. Chris Johnson leads all running backs with 77 straight games, while Rob Bironas has the highest number for all place kickers at 141 straight contests.

RUNNING BACK

77 – Chris Johnson – Tennessee
61 – Anthony Dixon – San Francisco
60 – Toby Gerhart – Minnesota
45 – Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta
45 – Frank Gore – San Francisco
40 – Danny Woodhead – San Diego

PLACE KICKERS

141 – Rob Bironas – Tennessee
134 – David Akers – Detroit
109 – Mason Crosby – Green Bay
100 – Josh Scobee – Jacksonville
92 – Jay Feely – Arizona


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Leon Washington Gets Near Record Yardage

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 12, 2013 – 12:45 pm

_N8U7802In only his second game with the team, returner Leon Washington put up big numbers last week at Denver. He returned five kickoffs for a total of 209 yards, including a 95-yard return to help set up a touchdown.

Washington’s 209 kickoff return yards made up the third-highest single-game total in franchise history and the most since Bobby Jancik’s team-record 240 against Oakland on Dec. 22, 1963.

Washington’s 209 kickoff return yards are the third-highest NFL total this season, trailing only Devin Hester’s 249 (Sept. 15 against Minnesota) and Cordarrelle Patterson’s 228 (Oct. 27 against Green Bay).

Most kickoff return yards in a single game, franchise history:

240 (8 returns, 30.0 avg.) – Bobby Jancik at Oakland (12/22/63)
221 (8 returns, 27.6 avg.) – Bobby Jancik vs. Boston (12/06/63)
209 (5 returns, 41.8 avg.) – Leon Washington at Denver (12/08/13)
196 (3 returns, 65.3 avg.) – Ken Hall at N.Y. Titans (10/23/60)
196 (6 returns, 32.7 avg.) – Adam Jones vs. Jacksonville (11/20/05)


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Alterraun Verner, Jason McCourty Proving to be Strong Pass Defending Duo

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 12, 2013 – 12:38 pm

_N8U4391Starting cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty are on the verge of recording the most combined passes defensed by a pair of Titans defenders in the “Titans era” (1999 to present).

According to tallies from the team’s coaching staff, which awards statistics upon film review each week, Verner leads the club with 23 passes defensed, the most by a Titans defender in the last 15 seasons. (Verner is credited with a league-high 20 passes defensed according “press box statistics.”)

Meanwhile, McCourty ranks second on the team with 13 passes defensed, giving the tandem a total of 36 passes defensed through 13 games. With two more, they will surpass the total of 37 passes defensed by Cortland Finnegan (20) and Nick Harper (17) in 2008, which stands as the high mark in the Titans era.

Most passes defensed by a Titans cornerback duo, 1999–present:

1. 37 in 2008 – Cortland Finnegan (20), Nick Harper (17)
2. 36 in 2013 – Alterraun Verner (23), Jason McCourty (13) - Three games remaining
3. 35 in 1999 – Denard Walker (18), Samari Rolle (17)
4. 32 in 2003 – Samari Rolle (16), Andre Dyson (16)
4. 32 in 2000 – Denard Walker (18), Samari Rolle (14)
6. 30 in 2007 – Cortland Finnegan (16), Nick Harper (14)
7. 29 in 2001 – Andre Dyson (15), Samari Rolle (14)
8. 28 in 2010 – Alterraun Verner (15), Jason McCourty (13)
(28 S Michael Griffin ranked second with 14 PDs; CB Cortland Finnegan started every game and had 12 PDs)
8. 28 in 2002 – Samari Rolle (14), Andre Dyson (14)
10. 27 in 2012 – Jason McCourty (17), Alterraun Verner (10)
11. 25 in 2011 – Jason McCourty (13), Cortland Finnegan (12)
12. 21 in 2006 – Pacman Jones (14), Cortland Finnegan (7)
(S Chris Hope led team with 15 PDs)
12. 21 in 2005 – Pacman Jones (12), Reynaldo Hill (9)
12. 21 in 2004 – Andre Dyson (15), Samari Rolle (6)
(LB Keith Bulluck ranked second with 12 PDs)
15. 19 in 2009 – Cortland Finnegan (13), 13 Nick Harper (6)
(LB Keith Bulluck ranked second with 8 PDs)


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