Day 14 Training Camp Observations



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **Practice No.14 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 INT: The streak is over. In the 14th practice of training camp – and on his 231st throw – rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota threw an interception on Tuesday. On a pass across the middle, linebacker Zach Brown picked Mariota off on a ball that was deflected by linebacker Avery Williamson and safety Da'Norris Searcy. Titans safety Michael Griffin yelled: "We finally intercepted him!" Afterward, he kidded they were going to get the ball painted, and put the date and the occasion on it before presenting it to Mariota. While addressing reporters, Mariota smiled and said it was bound to happen eventually. Mariota bounced back with a touchdown not long after, and ended the day 12-of-17 with a couple of red zone touchdowns.


Titans players take the field for training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

Special Guests:** Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher had lunch with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster in the team's cafeteria, and he spent time at the facility on Tuesday. Cowher then watched practice and chatted with a number of his long-time friends he coached with in Pittsburgh, including Whisenhunt, Dick LeBeau, Ray Horton, Mike Mularkey and Lou Spanos. Also in attendance on Tuesday: Mariota's parents, in town visiting from Hawaii.

Big Hit: Defensive lineman Al Woods is a big man capable of blowing things up in the middle of a line. On Tuesday, he busted across the line of scrimmage and flattened running back Antonio Andrews. It was one of the biggest hits of training camp. Woods has gotten himself noticed in camp with his play up front, and his strength. His play on Tuesday certainly got defenders excited, especially assistant defensive line coach Nick Eason, who sprinted to the scene.


Fight:** It was hot at practice, and at one point, things got heated. Receiver Andrew Turzilli and cornerback Will Brown exchanged blows – and landed them –  after the two got tangled up in the middle of the field. Several other players jumped into the fray, including Griffin. Whisenhunt downplayed the scuffle afterward. "Today was hot, it was very humid, and it was a difficult practice,'' Whisenhunt said. "When you have a lot of hitting…It's training camp – you don't want those things to happen, but when you do, you leave it on the field and get things worked out. We're a team."

Injuries: Center Brian Schwenke (foot), defensive lineman Angelo Blackson (foot), cornerbacks Jason McCourty (groin) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (ankle), and linebackers J.R. Tavai (knee), Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil (hamstring) and Zaviar Gooden (hamstring) all missed practice on Tuesday. Cornerback Cody Riggs left practice with a finger injury, but he returned, and a few others left early because of cramps. Safety Da'Norris Searcy (foot) returned to practice.


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