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NASHVILLE – Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Monday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park, as the team begins preparations for Saturday's game vs the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

The biggest news of the day: Vrabel announced Josh Dobbs will be the team's starting quarterback.

Here's a separate story I wrote about that development: CLICK HERE.

And, below is a look at some other topics from today's presser:

-Vrabel the Titans will try to have an "open field tackling drill" in practice this week to help the team do a better job of tackling in space in this Saturday's game.

-Vrabel said the mindset this week, despite a six-game losing streak, is to be excited. "Hopefully we've saved our best for last," Vrabel said. "We can be excited, coming to work and preparing, and then ultimately going on the road and winning."

-The Jaguars have won four straight games, and Vrabel noted Jacksonville is doing a lot of things well. "They're scoring a lot of points – they've averaged 28 points in the last six games," Vrabel said. "And the defense is forcing turnovers. They have been opportunistic. …. The quarterback (Trevor Lawrence) is distributing the football, and (Travis) Etienne runs with speed and has a lot of contact courage going through the hole, and if you don't get him on the first or second level, it's a track meet."

-Vrabel was asked about linebacker David Long Jr., who remains on Injured Reserve with a hamstring injury. Long has missed the past four games. "I haven't decided," Vrabel said on whether he'll be designated to return to practice.

-Vrabel said he's hopeful cornerback Kristian Fulton, who has missed the last four games with a groin injury, will practice this week. Fulton was limited in two days of practice leading up to the Dallas game, but he did not play. "I hope so," when asked if he has a chance to practice this week.

-Running back Derrick Henry was among a number of Titans held out of the Cowboys game. How much should the time off help? "We'll have to see how everybody plays, and how everybody performs – that's the most important thing," Vrabel said. "If we perform well, then it would have served us well. And that's the only thing that matters is what we do this week, and how we come in, and our attitude and our preparation and ultimately our performance."

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