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Hot Topics from Titans HC Mike Vrabel's Monday Presser


BALTIMORE – Titans coach Mike Vrabel held a video conference call on Monday, one day after the team's 30-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Next up for the Titans is a game against the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Here's a look at some of the hot topics from today's call:

Ravens COVID-19 Outbreak

The Ravens released a statement on Monday morning indicating the team is dealing with multiple COVID-19 positive tests.

As a result, the Ravens have closed their facility, and contact tracing is under way.

So, how does that impact the Titans?

Vrabel said the Titans are taking precautions at Saint Thomas Sports Park while waiting to hear more from the NFL.

"Players are physically distanced in meetings, just reviewing tape," Vrabel said. "We had 10 guys in the weight room at a time this morning and just following all those guidelines and protocols and I guess we'll just wait to hear from the league on any of the contact tracing.

"… We're focused on what it is that we're doing here, and (the NFL) will update us on whether they think that we need to have discussions about what transpired from the game."

Landry Emergence

Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry was a force in overtime on Sunday.

Landry recorded a sack of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, and he was also in on two tackles as the Titans forced a three-and-out after Baltimore won the toss.

Landry was credited with seven tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's game.

"He's been solid," Vrabel said of Landry. "We have high expectations for Harold, and he has them for himself. We asked him to do some different things yesterday – he did some things off the ball yesterday just from the standpoint of scheme and some stuff we felt like would help us, which is probably new for him. But he handled it well, and he showed up. He was productive, and did a lot of the things that we asked him to do that we thought were important in stopping the run game."

O-Line Talk

Vrabel didn't provide an update on left tackle Ty Sambrailo, who left Sunday's game with an injury.

"We'll continue to evaluate Ty and see where he is moving forward," Vrabel said.

Vrabel did praise center Ben Jones for his toughness, and ability to play after missing practices the week leading up to the game with a knee injury.

"I can only speak for myself and the coaching staff about the amount of respect that we have for a guy like Ben Jones – he never wants to come out," Vrabel said. "He's a great leader for us."

Vrabel also had more nice things to say rookie Aaron Brewer, who started at left guard in place of an injured Rodger Saffold.

"Just like I said after the game – he competed, he finished," Vrabel said of Brewer. "He wasn't perfect, but he battled and I know in doing so you earn the respect of your teammates."

As for rookie tackle Isaiah Wilson, who dressed out for the first time on Sunday but didn't play, Vrabel said he wants to see him keep making progress.

"We have talked to Isaiah about just continuing to string some days together, positive days," Vrabel said, "and just coming in here, being prepared, and practicing and proving to everybody that he knows what to do and he plays in a manner in which we expect our offensive linemen to play."

Davis Improvement

Titans receiver Corey Davis led the Titans with five catches for 113 yards on Sunday, and among the catches was one that went for 50 yards.

Despite missing two games while on the COVID-19 list, Davis leads the Titans with 39 catches for 549 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think as Corey continues to build his confidence through practice, and that carries over to the game," Vrabel said. "There's a lot of details that go with being a great receiver. … Those things showed up (on Sunday). He has really good play strength, he showed up catching the ball in traffic.

"Corey was a big reason we won that football game yesterday and we'll just have to keep continuing to improve."

Roster/Injury Updates

-Vrabel was asked about a potential return for outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday.

"All I can tell you is he's on IR right now," Vrabel said of Clowney. "When he would potentially return, I don't know. But it's not going to be this week, or next week or the third week, however long he has to be on IR."

-Vrabel had some nice things to say about linebacker Jayon Brown, who suffered an elbow injury on Sunday that will sideline him. Vrabel said Brown has improved as a player, and "I know he'll support this team and his teammates however he can." Will Compton played in place of Brown in the second half of Sunday.

-Vrabel said he is hoping to get inside linebacker David Long Jr. back off the COVID-19 list at the end of the week.

-Vrabel said safety Kenny Vaccaro began experiencing concussion symptoms late in the week, which is why he was ruled out for the game. Vaccaro is now working his way through concussion protocol. Safety Amani Hooker stepped in and played well against the Ravens, Vrabel said. "I think Amani has continued to improve, and he's done some good things for us," Vrabel said. "He's a versatile player."

Next Up: Colts

On Sunday, the Titans will face the Colts for the second time on three weeks.

The Colts won 34-17 at Nissan Stadium on November 12.

"We have to try and get some more stops, limit long drives, get off the field," Vrabel said. "(We have) to try to be able to run the ball, try and be able to establish the line of scrimmage, be better on special teams, play more complementary football, try and find ways to turn the football over, and make sure that we're taking care of it."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10 at M&T Bank Stadium.

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