Titans sign former MU wideout Gage

Sunday, March 18, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:17 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Running back Tony Temple fought off defenders at practice Saturday, but he and his teammates have played defense in answering critics about their offensive style.

The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with former Missouri receiver Justin Gage on Friday, moving to fill a gaping hole on their roster.

Gage, a four-year NFL veteran, had 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in 49 games, including 16 starts, for the Chicago Bears.

“Justin is a big, physical and athletic receiver who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement. “He gives us a different body-type, and he will compete for a role within our receiving corps.”

Gage was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by Chicago.

He posted his best season in 2005 with a career-high 31 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns.

He was signed a day after Philadelphia signed wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who had also visited Tennessee.

Tennessee released Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade at the start of free agency, creating a big need at wide receiver in addition to holes at cornerback and on the defensive line.

MU GYMNASTICS: The No. 18 Tigers upset No. 11 Michigan on Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., by tallying a season-high 196.675 team score.

Sophomore Adrianne Perry took the all-around title with a career-high 39.550. She also claimed the floor title (9.925) and tied for the vault title (9.900).

HICKMAN LACROSSE: The Kewpies fell to Parkway South 12-11 on Saturday at Parkway South.

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