Observations from Titans-Buccaneers Practice on Thursday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans were back on the field on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park for their 16th, and final, practice of training camp.

The team held another joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here's a look at what stood out:

  • Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston worked on separate fields most of the day, but they got together on Thursday and chatted after practice.
  • Things got feisty on several occasions when the Titans offense worked against the Buccaneers defense. There was some pushing and shoving after runs by Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, and left tackle Taylor Lewan was among those in the middle of it. But order was quickly restored as Titans coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson jumped into the fray.
  • Cornerback Adoree' Jackson was the star of the day for the Titans. He intercepted a pass in one-on-one drills, and later had another interception late in the session. Jackson followed up that play with a backflip.
  • Titans tight end Delanie Walker caught a bullet from Mariota while streaking across the middle. Unfortunately, he came up limping. After chatting with trainers on the sideline, Walker headed indoors with trainers and did not return. Vrabel did not provide an update after practice.
  • The Titans once again had their moments – good and bad – on offense. Mariota made some really nice throws, especially in a 7-on-7 period in the red zone. But there were drops and throws that were off target as well as the offense sputtered at times.
  • Henry had some nice runs, and showed power. Tight end Jonnu Smith was effective blocking on the left side, opening up holes for Henry. He also made a really nice grab in practice.
  • Receiver Tajae Sharpe worked with the 1s, and he scored a touchdown in a scenario when the ball was placed at the 15-yard line, with four seconds left.
  • Mariota was picked off by Buccaneers safety Chris Conte in 7-on-7 drills, on a high pass that went off of the fingertips of Titans receiver Corey Davis, who had a quieter session after a big day on Wednesday.
  • Back to the red zone period mentioned previously. Mariota connected with tight ends Luke Stocker, Anthony Firkser, Smith and Lewis for scores on four straight plays.
  • In a team period, the Titans managed to move the ball on some short throws, but saw things stall after a Mariota pass to Deontay Burnett was broken up just before Davis slipped and had the ball sail over his head on the next play.
  • The Titans first-team offense worked in several two-minute situations vs. the Bucs No.1 defense. Receiver Tajae Sharpe made a nice catch on a slant and go, and he went. But the drive stalled. Later, the Titans offense drove the field and capped it off with a 45-yard field goal by kicker Austin Barnard. The drive was highlighted by several catches from Nick Williams, who is making himself known in camp, and in these practices. Barnard later pushed a 52-yard field goal to the right.
  • The Titans first team defense saw defensive lineman DaQuan Jones scoop up a fumble on Tampa Bay's first drive, but the Buccaneers put together a nice drive to record a made field of their own.
  • Tight end Tim Semisch recorded a big gain, and used an impressive stiff-arm, for the 2s on offense. But the unit also had drops, from running back Dalyn Dawkins and Firkser. Receivers Darius Jennings and Devin Ross have been good in camp, but they had rare drops on Thursday as well.
  • Safety Kendrick Lewis nearly had an interception, but the ball escaped his grasp.
  • Former Titans running back Eddie George attended practice, and chatted with former Ohio State teammate Mike Vrabel after practice. George also spent time with fellow Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
  • Two reporters from the Weather Channel attended practice, in addition to Albert Breer from The MMQB and Ben Volin from the Boston Globe.
  • It rained during portions of practice, but the session was not delayed and work continued outside.
  • Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, linebacker Brian Orakpo, linebacker Rashaan Evans, receiver Michael Campanaro, defensive back Kalan Reed, safety Dane Cruikshank and defensive lineman David King did not practice for Titans.
  • Evans did a lot of conditioning work prior to practice, working with the ropes, kettlebells and later doing some footwork drills on the ladder. He looked good. Orakpo and Conklin were also spotted getting work prior to practice.

Next: Titans vs Buccaneers, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Nissan Stadium.

The Titans take the field for a joint training camp practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donn Jones Gary Glenn)

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