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Observations From Monday's Titans Practice


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

Here's a look at what stood out:

-A large number of players got the day off, from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to running back Derrick Henry to left tackle Taylor Lewan to receiver A.J. Brown. I left the complete list at the bottom of this report, but it was 21 in all. And a few others left early.

-With Tannehill sidelined, quarterbacks Logan Woodside and Trevor Siemian shared the reps in Monday's session.

-The Titans worked in a one-on-one tackling/contract drill at the start of practice.

-In a one-on-one period with WRs and DBs, tight end MyCole Pruitt, receiver Kalif Raymond, receiver Cody Hollister, tight end Anthony Firkser, receiver Kristian Wilkerson, and tight end Geoff Swaim all had catches. But the defense was scrappy in here as well, as defensive backs Kareem Orr, Amani Hooker, Joshua Kalu and Kenneth Durden all had breakups or were in good coverage on incompletions. DB Ibraheim Campbell made two nice plays in this period, intercepting Siemian on one attempt, and breaking up a pass on another play.

-Woodside's best throw of the day was a 20-plus yard completion to Raymond across the middle of the field in 11-on-11s. In the same period, Woodside completed passes to tight end MyCole Pruitt and receiver Krishawn Hogan, along with a screen pass to running back Marcus Marshall.

-Defensive back Joshua Kalu made a beautiful play, intercepted Siemian on a ball intended for Kinsey. Siemian completed a pass to receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine as well in an early team period.

-Linebacker Wyatt Ray recovered a Marcus Marshall fumble.

-With running backs Derrick Henry and Darrynton Evans both out, fullback/running back Khari Blasingame got a lot of work running the football, and I thought he looked good.

-Titans kicker Greg Joseph was 4-of-5 on his field goal tries, and he's now 28-of-31 during the open practices during camp. Kicker Tucker McCann was a perfect 5-of-5 for the second straight practice, and he's now 27-of-30 in the open periods of practice. One of McCann's kick went off the upright, but went in.

-Receivers Rashard Davis, Kalif Raymond, Cameron Batson and Mason Kinsey all fielded punts in a return game period.

-The 7-on-7 period delivered the biggest hit of the day, and it came from linebacker Nick Dzubnar – on receiver Cody Hollister, who was heading across the middle. Dzubnar was in the right spot, but judging from some of the gasps after the hit, was it maybe too much contact for 7-on-7s? Woodside looked good in this period, completing two passes to Firkser, and one to Pruitt. When Siemian got his turn, he found Kinsey, Davis, Westbrook-Ikhine and tight end Tommy Hudson open for completions. But it was Swaim who had the best catch in this period, making a snag while on his knees.

-In a two late team periods, things got a little sloppy. There was a botched snap between center Daniel Munyer and Woodside, as well as another sloppy exchange. Kinsey had a drop on a ball thrown by Siemian, who did connect with Westbrook-Ikhine and Rashard Davis late

-Safety Kenny Vaccaro was in the backfield in a hurry on one handoff to Blasingame.

-I keep noticing defensive lineman Jack Crawford because he's in the backfield on running plays, and providing pressure on pass attempts.

-Linebacker David Long had a really nice break-up on a Woodside attempt.

-Campbell showed up again late with a nice stop in a live period.

-In addition to Tannehill, Henry, Lewan and Brown, those held out of practice today included receiver Adam Humphries, cornerback Malcolm Butler, cornerback Kristian Fulton, safety Kevin Byard, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, linebacker Rashaan Evans, linebacker Jayon Brown, linebacker Harold Landry III, center Ben Jones, tackle Dennis Kelly, tackle Isaiah Wilson, tight end Jonnu Smith, receiver Corey Davis, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons.

-Guard Rodger Saffold returned to practice, but he left early. Running back Darrynton Evans and safety Dane Cruikshank did not practice for the second day in a row.

-Receiver Cameron Batson and running back Senorise Perry also left practice early, and cornerback Kareem Orr came up limping on the final play of the session, but he made it to the locker room on his own power.

-Linebacker Vic Beasley, who remains on the Non-Football injury list, isn't practicing. Titans outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen said after practice Beasley has been taking part in all the meetings. The team is also creating some form of walk through for Beasley so he can see what he's being asked to do and actually go through it.

Next practice: Tuesday, 10:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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