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Observations From Practice Day 10 on Monday at Titans Camp


NASHVILLE – The Titans took the field on Monday for their 10th practice of training camp.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-One of the best defensive plays of the day came during the first team period, when linebacker Jayon Brown intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass that was tipped by outside linebacker John Simon.

-Later in practice, defensive back Chris Jackson also intercepted Tannehill on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage by defensive line Trevon Coley.

-Tight end Tommy Hudson made the catch of the day in a 2-minute period toward the end of practice. Hudson hauled in a Logan Woodside pass with one hand while racing down the middle of the field, and it followed a catch on another Woodside throw on the previous play.

-Tackle Taylor Lewan got his most extensive work of camp on Monday, and he worked a good team in team periods.

-Defensive back Caleb Farley was involved in a "teaching moment" during Monday's session. After Woodside left the pocket and took off running, Farley got turned around and had his back to the play. As Woodside raced past him, Farley remained flat-footed, and failed to pursue the play. Titans coach Mike Vrabel didn't like it, and he let Farley know about it, sending him to the sideline for the rest of the period. Farley eventually returned to practice, and he showed some physicality while defending against receiver Dez Fitzpatrick in a red zone period. But it's safe to assume he got Vrabel's message loud and clear earlier in practice.

-Tackle Ty Sambrailo also appeared to get his most work in camp as he continues to work his way back from last year's knee injury. Sambrailo was taken the team's Physically Unable to Perform list earlier this month.

-Both kickers had a good day. Kicker Tucker McCann was 5-of-6 in a field goal period, making kicks of 33, 43, 33, 53 and 40 yards, but he was off on a 49-yarder. He's now 34-of-42 so far in camp. Recently signed kicker Sam Ficken, formerly of the Jets, was 6-of-6 in the kicking period on kicks of 33, 43, 49, 33, 53, and 40, and he also kicked at the end of the red zone period and made his 38-yard attempt. After going 7-of-7 on the day, Ficken has now made 24-of-26 kicks so far in camp.

-In a one-on-one period in the red zone at the start of practice, receivers Chester Rogers and Marcus Johnson stood out, as did tight end Anthony Firkser. Rogers had two catches with Jackrabbit Jenkins in coverage, both for scores. Johnson made a tremendous catch in the corner of the end zone with cornerback Breon Borders in tight coverage, and he added another catch later in the period.

-Cornerback Kristian Fulton had another good day. Fulton was physical in coverage to break up a pass to receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine in a 2-minute period, and it followed some plays he made earlier in practice.

-Outside linebacker Derick Roberson continues to flash, and he got by Lewan and made a path directly toward Tannehill on a nice rush in an early team period.

-Linebacker Rashaan Evans stepped up to make a nice stop on running back Darrynton Evans during a team period.

-Defensive backs Breon Borders and Matthias Farley has nice breakups in an early one-on-one period.

-I mentioned Marcus Johnson earlier, and I'm mentioning him again here because he made a great catch on a throw from Tannehill in a 7-on-7 period. Johnson has been one of the team's best receivers so far in camp.

-Receiver Chester Rogers, running back Darrynton Evans, and tight end Jared Pinkney all had touchdown catches in a 7-on-7 period in the red zone. Rogers once again had a productive day as well.

-Safety Kevin Byard, defensive back Breon Borders and safety Dane Cruikshank all had nice break-ups in the 7-on-7 period.

-Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had a touchdown catch in a red zone period on a throw from Tannehill, and he made a really tough catch on another Tannehill throw in a two-minute period late.

-Receiver Cameron Batson tried to reach the football over the goal line while heading out of bounds at the end of a run, but he lost the football, and it would've been a touchback in a game. That's a big no-no.

-Woodside directed an touchdown-scoring two-minute drive late in the session, in a scenario when the offense got the ball on the 45-yard line, with 50 seconds left on the clock and one time put left. After a pair of throws to Hudson – I mentioned the tight end's one-hander catch earlier – Woodside threw three straight incompletions before connecting with receiver Racey McMath for a touchdown after he threw a bullet across the middle of the field.

-Officials worked Monday's practice for the first time in camp.

-Receiver Julio Jones, receiver A.J. Brown, center Ben Jones, guard Nate Davis, tight end Geoff Swaim, defensive lineman Denico Autry and offensive lineman Adam Coon did not practice.

-Titans receiver Josh Reynolds said after practice he's been dealing with an Achilles injury that has slowed him in camp.

-Outside linebacker Bud Dupree was limited in Monday's session, as he moved to work on a side field during the second half of today's practice.

-Tackle Kendall Lamm left practice early with an apparent shoulder injury.

-Tight end Donnie Ernsberger limped to the sideline midway through practice.

Next practice: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

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