Highlights from Titans HC Mike Vrabel's Video Conference Call on Tuesday


NASHVILLE – Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held a video conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

Here's a look at some of the highlights:

-Vrabel pushed back the scheduled start of the presser because he was showing the team a video about the importance of voter registration, "and how seriously we have to take that process."

Vrabel said members of the team's support staff are working with players who aren't residents of the state of Tennessee, while explaining how the process works leading up to the election in November.

"These are important things, and things that are important to our players and our staff," Vrabel said.

-Titans linebacker Vic Beasley, who reported to camp last week, is getting acclimated, Vrabel said.

On Tuesday, however, the Titans placed Beasley on the team's Non-Football Injury list.

Beasley is eligible to re-join practices upon passing a physical.

"Vic is here, which I am excited about," Vrabel said. "He has been in the meetings, he is working through the same program, the same schedule that everybody else is."

-In discussing the team's defensive line, Vrabel mentioned DaQuan Jones and his leadership.

When asked about defensive lineman Isaiah Mack, who played at Chattanooga and made the 53-man roster out of camp last year, Vrabel said his fate moving forward depends on how he performs.

"I think he made great strides on the offseason in the Zoom meetings," Vrabel said of Mack. "But it's time to start playing some football and lining up and being able to do it on the football field. His second year is only going to be as good as he makes it. But he's done a great job and done everything we've asked him to do."

-Vrabel dropped his youngest son, Carter, off at Wabash College on Monday.

In his absence, special teams coach Craig Aukerman handled the team meeting and walk-through practice.

Vrabel said he's set up a flow chart in the event some coaches miss any time with COVID-19.

"I feel like we are set up pretty well to be able to handle things if coaches are out," Vrabel said. "I feel very comfortable about where we would be."

As for the drop-off process, Vrabel said it went well. Tyler Vrabel, Mike and Jen Vrabel's oldest son, plays football at Boston College. Carter Vrabel will play baseball at Wabash, which is located in Mount Carmel, Illinois.

"(Tyler) is going to Wabash Valley, a junior college that has done a good job sending players to the NCAA – they had 13 kids sign last year out of there," Vrabel said. "It is going to be a great fit for him. He was excited. I asked him if he missed us last night. For those of you who know Carter and have seen him, you know that he had a very colorful and candid response."

-In addition to meetings, the Titans veterans have been working primarily on conditioning when they've been on the field.

On Wednesday, those players will be on the field with coaches while the rookies, quarterbacks and players who reported early, work separately but on the field at the same time for the first time in camp with coaches.

On Friday, all the players will take part in an OTA-type practice that will be open to media.

Later in the call, Vrabel again mentioned the possibility of conducting a game-like scrimmage.

-Vrabel has never been a fan of training camp fights.

In his mind, they don't show toughness. Instead, they point to a lack of discipline.

And as far as he's concerned, nothing changes in that regard in terms of COVID-19. His stance on skirmishes is the same.

"(The players) are going to be close together (when they practice). They are going to bleed and sweat and breathe on each other when they play. I don't think they are going to be any closer or any further apart because one guy is throwing a punch at another guy," Vrabel said. "When we fight in a game, they eject us, which then costs the team, and it makes other guys scramble to play other positions and it puts the team at a disadvantage.

"Do I think things are going to come up (with tempers) at training camp? Yep, it is going to come up. If you throw a punch, we're going to send you into the sand pit with (strength and conditioning coach) Frank (Piraino) – that's what we told them."

Titans rookies and quarterbacks work out Sunday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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