Observations from Day 11 of Titans Training Camp


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Saturday for the 11th practice of training camp.

Here's a look at what stood out on Day 11:

-The secondary dominated in several portions of Saturday's practice, especially in the red zone. Cornerback Logan Ryan and defensive back Joshua Kalu made nice plays in a 7-on-7 period late and overall solid coverage forced several incompletions and errant passes.

-In an earlier 7-on-7 red zone period, safety Kenny Vaccaro nearly picked off quarterback Marcus Mariota, a play after Ryan batted a ball away. Cornerback D'Andre Payne and linebacker David Long made nice plays in this period as well on balls thrown by quarterback Logan Woodside.

-Mariota's day had mixed results. Mariota made a number of nice throws, including a strike to receiver Tajae Sharpe on the sideline. Mariota also found receiver Adam Humphies for a short touchdown pass in a 7-on-7 period. But Mariota also misfired on a number of throws, and saw his targets drop several passes. Mariota was short on a throw to receiver Kalif Raymond in a team period, and he threw over the head of Tajae Sharpe in a red zone period. We'll get to his INT next.

-Tight end Delanie Walker saw a high pass from Mariota go off his hands, and safety Kevin Byard was there to intercept it on the deflection. Byard sprinted the other way as his teammates shouted.

-I counted drops from receiver Corey Davis, tight ends Delanie Walker and Anthony Firkser and Raymond on the day, although the pass to Firkser was a bullet. Firkser made a number of catches in practice, and Davis made a nice grab the play right after his drop.

-Receiver Taywan Taylor had a nice bounce back day on Saturday. Taylor made two really nice catches in a 1-on-1 period early, and he came up with some nice grabs in a 7-on-7 period. Taylor nearly made the catch of the day in a team period, but wasn't able to come down with the football after a spinning try.

-With fullback David Fluellen out, tight end/fullback Ryan Hewitt is getting a lot of extra work, and I'm beginning to think he might have a chance of making the 53-man roster. Yes, it's early, but Hewitt brings some versatility.

-Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, taken off the team's Physically Unable to Perform list earlier in the day, practiced for the first time. Casey went through individual drills and later worked in other periods before being scaled back late. Casey looked good on day one.

-Jamil Douglas continues to get a lot of work with the first-team offensive line. On Saturday, he lined up at right guard, after previously getting a lot of snaps with the first team at left guard.

-Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed touchdown passes to Darius Jennings and Cole Wick in one 7-on-7 drill in the red zone. In the second red zone period, however, Tannehill didn't have the same luck against a riled up secondary. Earlier, Tannehill threw high to running back Jeremy McNichols in a team period.

-Safety JoJo Tillery, who had an interception in the preseason opener vs the Eagles on Thursday night, picked off Woodside on Saturday after the QB threw into a crowd.

-Running back Dion Lewis made several nice runs, and Dalyn Dawkins also bounced outside for an impressive run. Barnes had a short touchdown catch in a 7-on-7 red zone period late.

-Cornerback Kareem Orr made a one-handed interception in a 1-on-1 period vs receivers, and I counted three stops he made in the period. The former Chattanooga star is having a nice camp.

-Receivers Cody Hollister, Papi White, DeAngelo Yancey, Jennings (2), Taylor (2), Raymond (3) and Sharpe all had catches in a 1-on-1 period.

-Defensive backs Kenneth Durden (2), Joshua Kalu (2), Orr (3) and Byard all got stops in the 1-on-1 period.

-Durden later made a really nice break-up in a team period on the sideline on a ball intended for Taylor.

-Hollister had a good day, making a pair of catches in a team period during the second half of practice.

-Receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams made a nice sliding catch on a ball thrown by Woodside.

-All four of the team's new additions -- RB Akeem Hunt, DE Eric Cotton, WR DeAngelo Yancey and LB Ukeme Eligwe – practiced on Saturday.

-I mentioned Yancey earlier, too. He showed some fresh legs when he made a catch in a red zone period, and sprinted into the end zone. Hunt also turned a short catch into a touchdown on a play that started near the end zone.

-Running back Derrick Henry, receiver A.J. Brown, running David Fluellen, guard Nate Davis and defensive lineman Frank Herron did not practice on Saturday.

-Receiver Tanner McEvoy left practice early with a trainer.

-Former Titans linebacker Randall Godfrey stopped by Saint Thomas Sports Park on Saturday.

-Former Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston attended Saturday's practice.

Next practice: Sunday, 10 a.m. (open to fans).

The Tennessee Titans take the field for Day 11 of the team's 2019 training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page, Jourdan Gottlieb)

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