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Camp Practice No.10: Observations From Titans Camp on Monday


NASHVILLE – The Titans took the field for practice No.10 of training camp on Monday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-The Titans were sloppy at the start, in a team period when quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill, Logan Woodside and Malik Willis got five plays each. Tannehill's first two passes – thrown to receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – both fell incomplete. NWI should've caught the second one, but I'll give cornerback Kristian Fulton for doing a nice job breaking the first one up. Later, Woodside had one of his passes go off the outstretched hands of receiver Treylon Burks. When Willis got in the saddle, he wasn't able to handle a snap from center Corey Levin cleanly on one play before overthrowing receiver Josh Malone on another.

-Things got better for the offense, and Tannehill, later in the session. Tannehill completed 8-of-11 passes in team periods on Monday, and he's now 101-of-139 (with 2 INTs) in 7-on-7 and team periods combined during the first 10 practices of camp.

-Back-up running back Julius Chestnut busted loose for a big run during a team period, as guard Aaron Brewer and Taylor Lewan opened up a big hole on the left side. Chestnut, an undrafted free agent from Sacred Heart, showed nice wheels on the play as he raced toward the end zone. Get ready to see plenty of Chestnut on Thursday night in the preseason opener.

-Running back Jordan Wilkins had a few nice runs himself on the day, but big defensive lineman Teair Tart stuffed him in the backfield on one play in particular.

-Defensive back Chris Jackson showed up with a pair of well-defended plays on Monday, breaking up two passes intended for Burks, who has been quieter in recent practices.

-Receiver Racey McMath continues to make plays in camp, and he drew a lot of praise from Tannehill after practice. McMath has been one of the most consistent receivers in camp so far.

-Tannehill's best period of the day came late when he connected on five straight completions in a team period. After connecting with tight end Austin Hooper, receiver Mason Kinsey and running back Dontrell Hillard, Tannehill found Philips again across the middle before connecting on a beauty of a pass to Mason Kinsey. It set up a field goal.

-Burks couldn't get a second foot down on a sideline play late in the session, with Tre Avery in defense.

-Willis got a chance on a late drive, but he saw one of his passes go off the hands of Brandon Lewis, and he threw high to Kinsey on the final play. Willis did connect with Terry Godwin, Dez Fitzpatrick and Lewis earlier in the possession.

-Running back Derrick Henry has been spending a lot of time on a side field – and in the sand pit – in recent practices. Henry regularly goes through individual periods, but the team is limiting his work in practices. Henry isn't expected to play in the preseason.

-The Titans switched things up in individual drills, as different position groups worked in drills they hadn't previously in camp.

-Kicker Randy Bullock made his only two attempts in Monday's session, from 35 and 53 yards. So far in camp, Bullock has made 51 of his 54 attempts.

-When the Titans worked on punt returns, Mason Kinsey, Kyle Philips, Treylon Burks, Terry Godwin and Brandon Lewis all lined up deep.

-Receiver Cody Hollister and cornerback Elijah Molden, who've missed recent practices with injuries, remained out. Joining them on the did not practice list on Monday: cornerback Roger McCreary, safety Amani Hooker, defensive back Joshua Kalu, linebacker Dylan Cole and defensive lineman Denico Autry.

-Running back Dontrell Hilliard was decked out in a yellow non-contact jersey.

-Kicker Caleb Shudak and linebacker Monty Rice did not practice, as they're on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp.

-Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk watched Monday's practice from her perch atop Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

-Roughly 100 sponsorship partners, along with friends and family members of coaches and players, attended Monday's session.

-The Titans aren't scheduled to practice on Tuesday.

-The Titans will travel to Baltimore on Wednesday for Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens.

Next practice: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

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