Hot Topics: Mularkey Talks Mariota, Davis, Injuries and More



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Titans coach Mike Mularkey addressed reporters on Friday, the day players reported for training camp.

The team practices for the first time on Saturday.

Here's a look at the biggest topics from the presser…


The Titans have liked what they've seen in quarterback Marcus Mariota in his recovery from last year's surgery on a fractured fibula.

Mariota said earlier this week he feels great and is ready to be turned loose and "will be ready to go with everything."

Mularkey said Mariota has been cleared, but he'll be eased into some drills.

"We are not going to just send him out there and have at it," Mularkey said. "He's still going to have some limited reps, not as much as he had in the offseason camps, but it is not going to be like he's been healthy the whole time. We are going to watch him."


Corey Davis contract**

Davis, the team's fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, did not report to training camp on Friday with the rest of his teammates.

Davis and the Titans still haven't agreed to a contract.

"We are talking to him,'' Mularkey said. "I am not going to address (how much he might fall behind) until he missed the first day or two, which I am hoping he doesn't. I'll address it if it gets into a period where he is missing time, but that is not the case right now."

Injury report

• Outside linebacker Kevin Dodd, held out of offseason work as he recovered from a foot injury, "is full-go," per Mularkey.

• Receiver Tajae Sharpe (foot) has been rehabbing every week and is improving. He won't practice Saturday and is a candidate for the team's Physically Unable to Perform list, Mularkey said.

• Quarterback Matt Cassel (thumb) will have his throws monitored early in camp.

• Defensive lineman Karl Klug (Achilles) will be limited with his reps, although Klug would probably go all-out "if we'd let him," per Mularkey.

• Nose tackle Sylvester Williams (ankle) should be full-go with no restrictions after being limited during the offseason.

Walden talk

Mularkey said the Titans feel better about their depth at outside linebacker following the addition of Erik Walden, who was signed on Friday.

A 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, Walden played at MTSU. Walden is a nine-year pro who is coming off the best season of his career in 2016 with the Colts.

Walden started all 16 games last season in Indianapolis, and finished with a career-high 11 sacks, to go with 42 tackles.

"He has been a thorn any place I've been that we've had to play against him," Mularkey said of Walden. "He is a good football player. He is a nasty player. He is not dirty; he is a physical player."

In nine seasons, Walden has recorded 32 sacks, along with 320 total tackles.


Casey extension**

The Titans signed defensive lineman Jurrell Casey to a multi-year contract extension on Friday, and Mularkey said it was a reward for his work, and production.

He also said it's a good example of a player being rewarded his work on and off the field.

"I'd be shocked if it wasn't a great example for other players to watch," Mularkey said. "How (Case)y goes about his business both here and off the field. He has done a lot for this community and obviously he has done a lot for this team."

Other nuggets:

• Mularkey said the team's conditioning test was "outstanding."

"Our guys came back in very, very, very good shape,'' Mularkey said. "They have to to play at the level we want to play at."

• Mularkey said guard Sebastian Tretola, who was released on Friday, wouldn't have been able to practice at the beginning of camp because of an injury. He said he made some "poor decisions and it wasn't strictly the two offseason incidents."

• Receiver Eric Decker will start off in the slot and as a "Z" receiver with veteran Rishard Matthews, Mularkey said.

"He'll play all over the place," Mularkey said of Decker.

• Mularkey named Eric Weems, Adoree' Jackson, Harry Douglas, Khalfani Muhammad and Tre McBride when asked about the team's options in the return game.

• Mularkey said running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry will both get carries, but he wouldn't discuss what the division of reps might look like during the season.

• The Titans will practice in pads for the first time on Monday.

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