The Scouts Buzz: Titans offense getting boost from familiar faces
While the celebrated return of
McCareins, the team's fourth-round pick in 2001, returned to the team this offseason after spending the past four seasons with the Jets. Though the signing received little fanfare due to his disappointing tenure in New York, team officials have been pleasantly surprised by McCareins' play during workouts and hope that eight-year veteran is able to add a vertical element to their passing game.
"He has been impressive," said a Titans' official. "We thought he would compete for a backup job, but he has done well with his opportunities. Despite being an older player, he still shows the ability to get down the field and make plays."
McCareins' potential return to prominence is not unexpected when you consider his most productive season as a pro came under the guidance of another former Titan returning to Nashville -- offensive coordinator Heimerdinger. During his final season with Heimerdinger in 2003, McCareins set career-highs for yards (813) and touchdowns (7). After a productive minicamp, McCareins now has the inside track on the starting spot opposite
Last season, the Titans' offense ranked 29th in passing plays over 20 yards and only produced nine scores through the air. Although McCareins only had three receptions over 20 yards in 2007, the Titans believe he still possesses enough speed to be the vertical playmaker in their lineup. With four-time Pro Bowler
The potential long-term absence of Cleveland receiver
As a starter last season, Jurevicius put up modest numbers (50 receptions for 614 yards and three scores), but his penchant for producing clutch plays on third down gave
At the No. 3 spot, one of the Browns' unproven young receivers (
The Bills made several moves during the offseason to shore up their 31st-ranked defense. First, they acquired former Pro Bowl DT
However, Stroud's ability to attract a double team may be enough for the Bills' unheralded set of linebackers to make plays. "Kawika Mitchell played well for the Giants, and (linebacker
Although the defense looks improved against the run, questions persist about a secondary that allowed a league-leading 55 completions over 20 yards. The Bills' secondary is anchored by cornerback