Last week, the Titans signed quarterback Patrick Ramsey to a one-year deal. The knee-jerk reaction to this signing by members of the media, and others, is that Ramsey will challenge Vince Young for the backup quarterback job.
I say it’s more likely that Ramsey will be among the last players cut before the regular season starts than for him to occupy the number two spot on the Titans’ quarterback depth chart.
Besides, who wants to be a backup quarterback, anyway?
Not Kerry Collins. After last season, he made it clear he would retire if the Titans didn’t resign him with the intention of him being the team’s starter in 2009.
And Vince Young didn’t forego the opportunity to make progress on his degree this spring at the University of Texas because he wants to be the Titans’ backup quarterback.
Over the past four season, Patrick Ramsey played for three teams: the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. During this span, he played in eight games and completed 46-of-77 passes for 560 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Do you think this is a player who is going to displace Vince Young on the Titans depth chart?
I didn’t think so.
I’m assuming Titans management signed Ramsey for the same reason they signed Chris Simms during the season last year: as added incentive for Vince Young to compete and not rest on his laurels.
I also believe this was part of the thinking behind resigning Kerry Collins. Sure, Collins started 15 games last year and help lead the team to a 13-3 regular season record. But he’s 36, and Tennessee signed him to a two-year deal.
Collins is not, and cannot be, the Titans’ long-term answer at quarterback.
Ramsey’s signing also makes it unlikely that the Titans will choose a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.
So what does this mean?
Vince Young will be given a legitimate chance to compete for the Titans’ starting quarterback job. In fact, Head Coach Jeff Fisher left the door wide open for Young during a recent interview:
“Kerry is returning as our starter. If for some reason Vince has a great camp and Kerry hits a wall, I’m talking about a hypothetical, but there is always that possibility.”
Titans Tracker is hoping for a great training camp by Vince Young. May the best man win.