Day 6 Training Camp Observations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Day Six of training camp is in the books for the Titans. Here's a look at five things that stood out:


Still Perfect:** Quarterback Marcus Mariota worked under duress during portions of Thursday's practice as the defense turned up the heat. Still, Mariota made it through practice without throwing an interception, running his streak to six straight without a pick. He was 11-of-17 in 7-on-7 and team drills combined, and he did his best work near the goal line, when he threw touchdown passes to receiver Justin Hunter and Hakeem Nicks. Mariota wasn't perfect – he sailed a ball early in practice, and had a few balls knocked away by defenders. During a two-minute drill, a drive he operated ended without points as he went down under pressure. But overall it was another solid practice for Mariota, whose best throw of the day was a bullet to Hunter on the sideline in team drills.

Defensive Plays: Safety Da'Norris Searcy has been standing out in practices of late, and he made a really nice play on Thursday when he broke up a pass intended for tight end Delanie Walker. Searcy arrived just as the ball did, and blew the play up. Cornerback Perrish Cox had good timing on a sideline pass as well, breaking up another Mariota pass intended for Walker. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson closed the deal when the football was in his area – he picked off quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Undrafted cornerback Curtis Riley continues to get himself noticed, breaking up a throw himself. Riley had an interception earlier in the week.


More Explosive:** Bishop Sankey has been the team's most impressive running back so far in training camp, and I thought he had a really good day on Thursday. Sankey busted through the line on several nice runs, and into the secondary. Sankey, a second round pick last season, has put on roughly 6-7 pound since last year, and the extra weight should make him a stronger and more durable runner this fall. He's shown better instincts in camp this summer as well.

Injuries: Tight end Delanie Walker left practice early and did not return because of a left thumb injury. Right tackle Bryon Bell also went to the locker room with trainers because of what coach Ken Whisenhunt called a jaw injury. Walker cut his hand, and ended up getting 12 stitches to close the gash. He said afterward he doesn't expect to miss a good chunk of time with the injury. He was scheduled to meet with a doctor after leaving the locker room. Whisenhunt said Bell has a sore jaw, and he's being evaluated. Another tackle, Byron Stingily, missed practice again with concussion symptoms, so the Titans are getting thin. Rookie Jeremiah Poutasii got extra work at the end of Thursday's practice.

Watching Klug: I spent some time watching drills with offensive and defensive linemen on Thursday, and saw plenty from defensive lineman Karl Klug. Klug is a workhorse, and on one play in particular he got by guard Quinton Spain on the way to the backfield. Klug stood out on several plays in the drill because of his relentless style of play. A day earlier, Klug lined up in the backfield as a fullback on a running play. He's a versatile player his coaches love.

Titans players take the field for training camp on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (AP Photos)

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