Observations from Monday's Titans Practice


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Monday for the third practice of training camp open to media.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-The Titans practiced in pads for the first time in camp.

-With quarterback Ryan Tannehill not practicing, back-up Logan Woodside worked with the first-team offense. Woodside did a solid job, completing four touchdowns in one 7-on-7 goal line period early, including a strike to receiver Cameron Batson. Woodside also tucked the football and took off running on several occasions, and he showed some speed. Woodside wasn't perfect – he was off-target on some throws as well. But he looked to be in command, and after practice Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith complimented Woodside for his work early in camp. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he expects Tannehill to be back at practice on Tuesday.

-Running back Derrick Henry had several nice runs early in practice. He looked like he was in a pinball machine in one drill, bouncing off of defenders while running downfield. Henry left practice early, as he headed off the practice field with a trainer and worked on a stationary bike while his teammates practiced. Henry returned and watched the end of the practice session, and Titans Coach Mike Vrabel didn't provide any updates during a video conference call with reporters on whether it was a scheduled scale-back practice today for Henry.

-Titans cornerback Kenneth Durden had the first two interceptions of training camp on the same day. In a team period midway through practice, Durden stepped in front of a pass thrown by quarterback Cole McDonald and picked it off. Later, in a goalline 7-on-7 period, Durden stepped in front of receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to pick off McDonald again.

-McDonald has been up and down in camp. While he threw two picks, he also made a number of nice throws, including a beautiful touchdown toss to tight end MyCole Pruitt in a goal-line period.

-Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was a disruptive force on the first day of pads. Simmons is a people-mover, and he's going to make a big impact right out of the gate this fall.

-Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans got a chance to show his physicality as well. He ran down running back Darrynton Evans on a play to the outside and tossed the rookie to the ground.

-Receiver Corey Davis was on the practice field for the first time in camp after being taken off the team's Physically Unable to Perform list earlier on Monday. Davis looked good running, but he didn't get a whole lot of targets. He did make a nice diving catch on a Woodside pass at the start of the goal-line period. Another Woodside pass sailed over his head in the same period, however, and cornerback Adoree' Jackson made a nice break-up on a ball intended for Davis later in the session.

-Darrynton Evans secured the ball nicely a day after fumbling twice. He continues to impress me with his shiftiness.

-Receiver A.J. Brown made a nice adjustment to catch a deep ball thrown by Woodside. Brown made a number of nice catches on Monday.

-Tight end Parker Hesse caught a pair of touchdown tosses in a goal-line period, and he also had a nice grab in a red zone period later in practice.

-Receiver Kristian Wilkerson went up high to make a touchdown catch on a ball thrown by McDonald.

-Kalif Raymond, Cameron Batson, Adam Humphries, Rashard Davis and Mason Kinsey all caught punts in a special teams period.

-Defensive lineman Teair Tart has had his struggles early in camp, but I noticed him doing some good things on Monday. Tart stuffed running back Cameron Scarlett on one inside run during a red zone period. Tart has a chance to impress when things get physical.

-Linebacker Kamalei Correa didn't practice again on Monday.

-Linebacker Vic Beasley, defensive lineman Jack Crawford and linebacker Josh Smith aren't practicing either. Beasley remains on the Non-Football injury list, but Titans outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen said on Monday he's been active in meetings while working his way back to good health. Crawford and Smith remain in the team's Reserve-COVID 19 list.

-With Correa and Beasley not practicing, second-year linebacker D'Andre Walker has gotten a lot of reps early, and he's flashed.

-Peter King of NBC Sports attended training camp and watched practice.

Next practice: Tuesday, 10:45 am-12:15 p.m.

Titans players take the field for training camp on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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