Day 10 Training Camp Observations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Practice No.10 of training camp is in the books for the Titans. Here's a look at five things that stood out from Tuesday's session...


Mariota's Day:** Quarterback Marcus Mariota's streak continues. Counting Tuesday's work, Mariota has now gone through 10 practices – and 174 passes – without throwing an interception. He was 10-of-14 today, his best throw a completion to tight end Craig Stevens in the back of the end zone. Mariota was 4-of-4 in one team drill with completions to four different receivers. The rookie had a few hiccups – he collided with running back Bishop Sankey in the backfield, and a snap from center hit the ground. But he was on target with his throws, and overall had another good day. Mariota looks ready for the preseason to me. While some outside of Nashville make light of Mariota's streak without an INT, there's no disputing he's off to a great start.

Extra work: With cornerbacks Jason McCourty and Blidi Wreh-Wilson sidelined with injuries, undrafted free agent Cody Riggs is getting more opportunities on defense. The way he's played, he deserved the extra reps regardless. On Tuesday, the Titans worked with Perrish Cox and Coty Sensabaugh as the starters, but when they went to nickel Riggs played on the outside and Sensabaugh slid into the slot. Riggs has lined up at a number of spots in the defense during training camp. He'll also have a big role on special teams during the preseason. Keep an eye out for him as he aims to earn a roster spot. The Notre Dame product has a legitimate shot.


Titans players take the field for training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Donn Jones

Heady, and steady:** Defensive back Marqueston Huff has been solid throughout camp himself. He's a versatile player who has earned the respect of his teammates and the coaching staff because of his approach to the game. Huff is listed as a back-up at cornerback and back-up free safety on the team's depth chart. He's a guy coaches need to find a way to get on the field. On Tuesday, Huff managed to generate some extra excitement during a run game period when he knocked the ball out of the hands of a pair of running backs downfield. First, Huff got rookie David Cobb 20 yards downfield. A play later, he got Antonio Andrews. With Huff around, ball-carriers can't let their guard down until the play is over.


Brown impression:** The Titans are excited to have inside linebacker Zach Brown on the field in camp, and hope he makes it through the season this fall after being injured just a few plays into the season-opener a year ago. Brown has stood out in camp because of his speed and athleticism. I'd planned on mentioning him in observations before now, but decided today would be the day before he allowed Stevens to get by him for the touchdown grab in the end zone this morning. That play doesn't erase all the good ones Brown has made during camp, however.


O-line shuffle:** With left tackle Taylor Lewan held out with a sore shoulder, the Titans are working Byron Bell in his place, and giving Jeremiah Poutasi work at right tackle. The extra work should help Poutasi, who has been competing with Bell on the right side throughout camp. Poutasi needs the work. The Titans have also been experimenting with rookie Andy Gallik on the line as well. Gallik, drafted as a center, has been working at guard, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said after practice he's been impressed.

Of note: In addition to Lewan, McCourty and Wreh-Wilson, tight end Delanie Walker and receiver Clyde Gates were held out of practice on Tuesday.


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