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Camp Practice No.11: Observations From Titans Camp on Saturday


NASHVILLE – The Titans took the field for practice No.11 of training camp on Saturday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who didn't play in Thursday's preseason opener, came out firing at Saturday's spirited session. Tannehill completed 11-of-20 passes on the day in 7-on-7 or team drills combined. He's now 112-of-159 with only two interceptions in those periods in camp so far. Tannehill was mostly on target all day, but he had several catchable passes go off the hands of his intended targets, and the defensive backs made some nice break-ups on contested plays.

-During one stretch in practice, Tannehill completed four straight touchdown passes in a red zone period, including two scoring throws to running back Dontrell Hilliard and one across the middle to tight end Austin Hooper. Tannehill also connected with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine for a nice score.

-Rookie receiver Treylon Burks, who didn't have a catch on Thursday, was active in Saturday's session. Burks caught a touchdown pass from Tannehill in a red zone period, and he also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Woodside in another period. Burks walked off with a limp at one point late, but told reporters after practice he's fine.

-It was a good day for receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, something Titans head coach Mike Vrabel noted after the session. Fitzpatrick finished off a two-minute drive with a catch, which he turned into a 38-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick also caught a touchdown pass from Woodside in another drill.

-Receiver Robert Woods looked good operating in the 2-on-2 drill, as he got open and made a great touchdown catch on the sideline. I asked him after practice if he'd been peeking at Giants tape, and he smiled before answering. Watch the video below.

-Woodside threw a pick on Saturday — his second one in camp. Cornerback Tre Swilling got him in a 7-on-7 period during what was a good day for the Georgia Tech product. Vrabel said Woodside has been mostly good in camp, but noted he needs to make good decisions after throwing two picks on Thursday night.

-Quarterback Malik Willis did some good things on Saturday. He threw a pair of touchdown tosses to Mason Kinsey in a 7-on-7 period, and he also threw a dart to Burks in a two-minute period. Willis also threw high on one pass in the red zone, and the football bounced off the crossbar.

-Cornerback Greg Mabin might've had his best day in camp, as he broke up a number of passes throughout the session.

-Defensive back A.J. Moore Jr. was around the football all day. Moore and linebacker Zach Cunningham had nice pass break-ups in one period at the goal line.

-Receiver Kyle Philips had a busy day, catching a number of passes in a hurry-up drive late in the session. He also got open in a hurry and made a number of catches in a 2-on-2 drill near the goal line.

-Racey McMath also had an active day, as he was the target on multiple balls downfield. McMath wasn't able to secure the catch on several of those plays, however, as the ball was knocked away by defenders. McMath's effort was good, but he didn't finish.

-Outside linebacker Rashad Weaver blew up a play in the backfield, and after practice he said it was great to return to action on Thursday in Baltimore.

-Receiver Cody Hollister and cornerback Elijah Molden were back on the practice field after missing time recently, but Molden was very limited in his work. Hollister has proven to be a tough cookie when it comes to contested catches, and he showed why again on Saturday.

-Cornerback Roger McCreary, cornerback Kristian Fulton, defensive back Chris Jackson, safety Amani Hooker, linebacker Dylan Cole and defensive lineman Denico Autry did not practice.

-Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere was decked out in a yellow jersey.

-Running back Dontrell Hilliard, decked out in a yellow non-contact jersey last week, ditched the yellow jersey and was a full-go.

-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.

-Defensive back Deante Burton, signed earlier in the day, practiced with the team for the first time, in No. 40.

-Tight end David Wells, also signed earlier in the day, practiced with the team for the first time, in No. 83.

-Roughly 200 fans attended Saturday's session, many from the Titans Kids Club, along with friends and family members of coaches and players.

Next practice: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

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