It didn't take Gerald McRath long to start chirping on the practice field once he returned from his four-game suspension for a banned substance.
McRath was clearly happy to be back with the Tennessee Titans and practicing with his teammates in preparation for the Dallas Cowboys. McRath was talking trash and making his plays just as he did in training camp and OTAs.
“It feels how it's supposed to be, like this is what I should be doing. My biggest thing is to stay poised, because now I feel like a little kid being let loose in a toy store,” McRath said. “You want to rip and run down the aisles and tear things up and go have fun, but there's a time and place for that.”
The Titans have until Saturday to clear a spot for McRath on the 53-man roster, and have yet to say how much he will play in his return.
“Realistically speaking, he’s stayed in great shape so he will pick up where he left off,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “It will really depend a lot and be dictated by the Cowboys and what they try to do offensively. He probably won’t be playing in our sub packages, so if they put multiple receiver sets on the field then we’ll be in nickel and he may not play. We’re just glad to have him back.”
Regardless of how much time he sees on defense, McRath says he returns humbled by the experience.
“You never know when it's gonna be your last play, and you're gonna be sitting at home permanently,” McRath said.