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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 12th practice of training camp open to media.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-Running back Derrick Henry started off practice with a bang. On the first play of the first team period, Henry turned cornerback Malcolm Butler around with a nasty stiff-arm. The two joked around about it immediately after, and it appeared to light a fire under Butler the rest of practice.

-The truth is, Butler has been feisty and competitive all camp. Butler broke up at least four passes in Monday's session, including two on back-to-back throws by quarterback Ryan Tannehill during a late team period.

-Receiver Adam Humphries had one of his best practices of August. Humphries made a diving catch on a ball thrown by Tannehill in a team period, and he caught a bullet from Tannehill later in the same period. Humphries made another catch across the middle in a 7-on-7 period.

-I noticed cornerback Tye Smith a lot on Monday. Smith broke up several passes on the day, and appeared to be in the right spot throughout practice.

-The best play of the day was a 30-plus yard completion from Tannehill to tight end Jonnu Smith, who caught the ball in stride with safety Kevin Byard in tight coverage. There was a lot of hand-fighting on the play, but I'm not throwing a flag there on either guy. Give it up to Smith for keeping his concentration and making the catch.

-In an early team period, Tannehill connected with receiver Kalif Raymond and Henry.

-Linebacker Kamalei Correa blew up an early run from back Khari Blasingame, and linebacker Nick Dzubnar made a nice play in coverage on a Logan Wooside throw intended for receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

-Safety Kenny Vaccaro broke up a pass intended for Humphries in a 7-on-7 period.

-Tannehill connected with receiver Corey Davis on back-to-back plays across the middle in 7-on-7, and the two connected again in a team period later in practice. Davis had a good day.

-The defense rose up in a team period late, as linebackers Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry stuffed ball carriers at the line of scrimmage. Later in the same period, safety Amani Hooker made his way into the backfield for a would-be sack, and defensive lineman Isaiah Mack provided pressure on another play.

-Defensive lineman Jack Crawford and linebacker Derick Roberson provided pressure on two Tannehill incompletions in a two-minute period. Tannehill connected with tight end Anthony Firkser on the same drive, and running back Jeremy McNichols showed a burst on a dash up the middle.

-Titans coach Mike Vrabel worked with outside linebacker Harold Landry in the individual period, and things got pretty physical. Vrabel proves daily he isn't afraid to get into the middle of the fray.

-Linebacker Jamal Davis got to Woodside during a 2-minute period late. Woodside connected with receiver Cody Hollister on the same series.

-Receiver A.J. Brown, receiver Cam Batson, cornerback Kareem Orr, cornerback Kristian Fulton, safety Dane Cruikshank, running back Darrynton Evans, guard Jamil Douglas and tackle Dennis Kelly did not practice.

-Linebacker Vic Beasley, who remains on the Non-Football injury list, isn't practicing.

-Heard a lot of birthday wishes at practice: Channel 2's Emily Proud, along with Amie Wells and Kim Smith of the Titans, are all celebrating birthdays on Monday.

Next practice: Tuesday, 12:20-1:55 p.m..

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

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