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Old 05-06-2006, 06:08 AM   #1
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans promise they will be patient with Vince Young. That approach started Friday when Tennessee's quarterback of the future took the field for the first time as a professional.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said coaches are being careful not to overload the third overall pick in the draft at rookie minicamp.

"We've talked about this. We want him to tell us if it's all meshing together and if it's too much," Fisher said.

"We're adding things. We're adding things each day. We'll add some things tonight and tomorrow, and then we'll send him home and he'll be back on the 16th and he'll be able to digest this and we'll move on."

Young led the Longhorns to the national championship as a junior at Texas last season. He said the first day was productive.

"It's fun to get with your teammates and basically getting out here and learning your assignments. It's basically learning from scratch all over again," Young said.

Young said the new playbook is not that much different from his old one.

"But you've just got to put it in their terminology," Young said. "It's just like a college playbook. It's thick, but you don't try to beat the coaches to anything. Whatever he gives you that day to study, that's what you go study and that's what you work on that day. You just take it page by page."

Young had a few rookie mistakes in the afternoon session, typical of first practices -- a couple of fumbled snaps from center and wobbly pass or two. But overall, his first effort was solid.

"I thought he did a nice job with everything from the huddle, to breaking the huddle, to getting under center, the cadences, the snap counts and the concepts we have for him," Fisher said.

As for his passing, Young impressed his coaches.

"This morning we threw one-on-one, and he completed four consecutive deep balls to receivers he'd never thrown to before," Fisher said. "That's a good sign because he's able to adjust and able to adjust real easily."

Young's new teammates had good things to say, too.

"The ball was right there, and that's all a receiver can ask for," said receiver Jonathan Orr, a sixth-round pick from Wisconsin.

While Young insists he feels no pressure, he did want to make a good first impression.

"These guys have seen me in college, but this is different. They want to be around me and see how I function and see if I'm really a leader," Young said.

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