Observations from Day 2 of Titans Training Camp


NASHVILLE -- The Titans hit the field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Saturday for the second day of training camp.

Here's a look at what stood out on Day 2:

-I wrote in this space on Friday that receiver Adam Humphries looked "nearly impossible to cover," and cornerback Logan Ryan proved me wrong early – and he let me know about it. Ryan broke up a pass intended for Humphries right out of the gate in one-on-one drills, and then shouted me down in a good-natured way (I think). Humphries once again made a ton of catches and showed he knows how to get open in a hurry. I offer further proof below.

-Receiver Tajae Sharpe made the catch of the day on Saturday, a spinning catch that went for a touchdown. Titans coach Mike Vrabel ran over to Sharpe to congratulate him.

-Titans tight end Delanie Walker gave everyone a scare when he came down awkwardly after making a catch. Walker came up limping, but by the end of practice appeared to be fine.

-Quarterback Marcus Mariota made some nice throws, but also had one he'd like to have back. Cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Mariota in the red zone near the end of practice.

-With running back Derrick Henry sidelined, Dion Lewis got a lot more work.

-The Titans first team offensive line looked like this on Saturday: LT Dennis Kelly, LG Jamil Douglas, C Ben Jones, RG Kevin Pamphile, RT Austin Pasztor. More on why later.

-Receiver Cameron Batson continues to make plays, and he continues to earn praise from his head coach.

-Linebacker Daren Bates made a heads-up play when he knocked the ball out of the hands of running back Dalyn Dawkins 30 yards downfield.

-Cornerback Tye Smith made a nice play on a deep ball intended for receiver Taywan Taylor, knocking the ball away.

-In a 7-on-7 drill in the red zone, tight end Anthony Firkser nearly hauled in a one-handed catch, but saw the ball bounce away at the last moment.

-Receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams, tight end Cole Wick, Taylor, Humphries, Batson, Walker and Raymond all had catches in the aforementioned drill, including a really nice catch by Ratliff-Williams for a score.

-I jotted down the names of safety LaDarius Wiley, cornerback Kenneth Durden, and safety Dane Cruikshank for making nice plays in the red zone. Cruikshank was right there after Dawkins hauled in a short pass.

-In the final period of practice, receiver Corey Davis made a nice diving catch with cornerback Adoree' Jackson in coverage.

-Taylor wasn't able to get two feet down for a touchdown in a period early in practice, but he showed some nifty moves and got into the end zone later after catching a pass from Mariota.

-Running back Jeremy McNichols is also getting an extended look with Henry sidelined, and he's making the most of it. He looked good on a nice TD run in a red zone period.

-Outside linebacker LaTroy Lewis got my attention with another nice rush on Saturday.

-Nose tackle Braxton Hoyett knocked down a Ryan Tannehill pass at the line of scrimmage.

-Ratliff-Williams and Firkser made TD catches late, with Firkser's score coming on a ball thrown by quarterback Logan Woodside.

-Outside linebacker Sharif Finch has been getting a lot of work with the first team, and Vrabel complimented him when speaking to reporters after practice.

-Vrabel also had some nice praise for left tackle Taylor Lewan, who has been working with the second team in practices. Lewan is facing a four-game NFL suspension. Vrabel said he's shown leadership by having a great attitude while working with the youngsters early in camp.

-Tackle Jack Conklin, who practiced on Friday, was on the field for the stretch period but did not take part in team drills. Vrabel said he anticipates he'll be able to practice on Sunday. Conklin went inside before returning to watch the end of practice.

-Receiver A.J. Brown, who left Friday's practice with an injury, did not practice.

-Defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe left practice early with a trainer.

-Defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and Jeffery Simmons once again rehabbed injuries on a side field, along with tight end Jonnu Smith.

-Former Titans defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson is with the team in training camp as a coaching intern.

-Defensive back Jonathan Crawford, signed to the team's 90-man roster on Saturday morning, practiced with the team for the first time.

-The first open practice of pads drew a crowd estimated at 2,400, and it included a number of fans decked out in Dolphins gear. I spotted a "Ryan T" sign for Ryan Tannehill and several Cameron Wake jerseys.

-The Titans will practice in pads for the first time on Sunday.

Next practice: Sunday, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Open to fans).

The Tennessee Titans take the field for Day 2 of the team's 2019 training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page, Jourdan Gottlieb)

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