Observations from Sunday's Titans Practice


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

Here's a look at what stood out:

-The defense set the tone in this one, making plays throughout not just in one-on-ones, but in 7-on-7, and team drills as well. The energy was good, and lots of individual plays were made, including a pair of interceptions from the same defender. Keep reading for more details.

-Things were really scrappy in the 1-on-1s with the DBs and WRs. Receiver Kalif Raymond drew a round of applause from offensive coordinator Arthur Smith when he juked cornerback Malcom Butler, and got open for a wide-open catch. Receivers Adam Humphries, Cameron Batson, A.J. Brown, Cody Hollister and Rashard Davis all had nice catches. Receiver Krishawn Hogan showed some toughness on a pair of grabs. But the secondary showed some fight. Cornerback Kareem Orr played tough in coverage, and so did cornerback Chris Milton. Cornerback Malcolm Butler was physical on a break-up to Brown, but he got left by Raymond. Defensive backs Kristian Fulton, Tye Smith and Adoree' Jackson had nice breakups.

-Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was mostly sharp, but he did throw an interception. On the first play in the initial team period, Tannehill connected with tight end Jonnu Smith for a long pass that would have resulted in a touchdown. The two connected on another pass play later in the same period. Smith has looked good in camp.

-Running back Derrick Henry ripped off some nice runs, and he showed some burst. As has been the case in previous camp practices, Henry worked in the sandpit during the second half of practice.

-The Titans haven't had any big-scale brawls, but for a second on Sunday I thought one might break out when left tackle Taylor Lewan and defensive Jeffery Simmons got involved in a mini-skirmish that was quickly broken up. Some verbal back-and-forth followed.

-Safety Kevin Byard had himself a day. Byard stepped in front of a pass thrown by quarterback Trevor Siemiam for an interception in one period, but his best play came when he stepped in front of a Tannehill pass to tight end Anthony Firkser and picked it off for INT No.2. This one would have gone for a pick-six. Byard also had several pass breakups on the day.

-In a 7-on-7 red zone period, Tannehill connected with receiver Cody Hollister and Jonnu Smith for touchdowns. But the defense won this period as defensive backs Malcolm Butler, Kareen Orr, Kenneth Durden and Byard all had break-ups. At one point, after Tannehill threw the ball away because no one was open, Byard could be heard yelling "It ain't working today!"

-Siemian connected with receiver Cody Hollister on a nice play in a team period, and he threw a touchdown pass to receiver Cameron Batson in a 7-on-7 period.

-Quarterback Logan Woodside threw a short touchdown pass to receiver Rashard Davis.

-Fullback Khari Blasingame got some work at running back later in practice, and he took some handoffs and made some nice runs. Titans coach Mike Vrabel talked about Blasingame's versatility during a video conference call after practice while indicating he could be used as a runner at some point in the season.

-In a later team period, Tannehill connected with Adam Humphries and Blasingame, but Adoree' Jackson had a nice pass break up. Tannehill connected with Humphries on a short completion as linebacker Derick Roberson chased him.

-Cornerback Adoree' Jackson continues to play physical. He's battled with big A.J. Brown plenty in camp, and on Sunday he got the ball out in the corner after Humphries ran under it and appeared to make the catch. But Jackson had other ideas.

-Receiver Corey Davis continues to get my attention with catches on crossing routes. Davis made a catch across the middle on Sunday and took off downfield for a big gainer.

-Receiver A.J. Brown stepped up and made a nice sideline catch with Malcolm Butler to his side.

-Receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine went up high to make a touchdown catch on the final play of practice.

-Linebackers Harold Landry and Rashaan Evans did not finish practice on Sunday, per Titans coach Mike Vrabel. Landry worked on a side field during the latter portion of the session while his teammates practiced. He looked to be OK physically. Evans said he was just dealing with soreness and he expects to be back on the practice field on Monday.

-Guard Rodger Saffold, running back Darrynton Evans, and safety Dane Cruikshank did not practice. Darrynton Evans left Friday's practice at Nissan Stadium with a trainer and didn't return.

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

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

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

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