Chemistry Building Continues Today For Titans QB Marcus Mariota, Receivers

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NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field for OTA No.5 on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

For Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and the team's receiving corps, it will be another step in building chemistry.

This offseason, the Titans added veteran Adam Humphries and second-round draft pick A.J. Brown to the team's receiving corps.

"I think being out here together and working, they look great," Mariota said of Humphries and Brown. "And as we continue to go forward, as we continue to build the chemistry, hopefully they'll help our team out."

Mariota, headed into his fifth NFL season, has been part of the chemistry-building process in the past in Tennessee.

In 2017, the Titans drafted receivers Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, and in 2016 the team drafted Tajae Sharpe. Receivers Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson have grown with Mariota as well.

Mariota wants to do his part to make the newcomers feel comfortable.

Mariota acknowledged Humphries, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Buccaneers, has a good understanding of the routes and concepts because of experience in the league.

Humphries said he's getting more comfortable each day as he adjusts to his new team.

"Obviously it's good for the timing with the quarterback," Humphries said of the OTAs. "You really don't know the spots, all the ins and outs of what goes on with timing and your relationship with the QB until you're going against a live defense and seeing multiple looks, so all the stuff we're doing is good. Each day I am just trying to gain more confidence with this offense and the QBs."

Brown, a rookie from Ole Miss, is still learning the playbook under new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

So far, he's taken part in the team's rookie minicamp and four OTAs.

"I think everybody in that locker room who has gone through a rookie season understands how much it is, and how exhausting it can be," Mariota said. "So we just have to do our best to help him out, make him feel comfortable, so that when he is out there he can just go play."

Mariota said priority No.1 for him this offseason is to get on the same page with his targets, from the receivers to the tight ends to his running backs.

The Titans have another OTA scheduled for Friday, and then four more OTAs next week. A three-day minicamp is scheduled for the following week.

Training camp is scheduled to begin in late July.

"Me personally, I think if we get these guys up to speed, get them comfortable, allow these guys to go make plays," Mariota said, "we can be efficient as an offense."

The Titans take the field for Tuesday's organized team activities (OTA) at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donn Jones, Gary Glenn)

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