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Observations From Titans Minicamp on Tuesday – All the Sights and Sounds


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field for a minicamp practice on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

It was the first day of a scheduled three-day mandatory camp.

Here's a look at what stood out on Tuesday …

-Running back Derrick Henry was back on the practice field, and he looked good. Henry spent recent weeks training on his own, and from the looks of him, it's safe to say he's been working. Henry moved well in individual drills, and he was busy taking handoffs in the group sessions. During breaks in the action, Henry got in some extra condition work on the side.

-Rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo had a big day, closing the session in memorable fashion with three touchdown catches in the final 7-on-7 period. Okonkwo made a sideline catch from quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a score on the second play of the period before catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Woodside several plays later. Then, Tannehill found Okonkwo open again for a score in the back of the end zone.

-Receiver Josh Malone had a nice finish to today's session as well. Malone, who played at the University of Tennessee, made a sideline grab on a throw by Woodside early. Later, Tannehill connected with Malone for a touchdown in the corner of the end zone. Defenders disputed the catch, because cornerback Roger McCreary knocked the ball out late, but Coach Mike Vrabel signaled for a score. Woodside then found Malone open for another touchdown on the sideline on the last play of the period.

-We'll get back to some highlights shortly, but first some nuts and bolts.

-In addition to Henry, linebacker Zach Cunningham, edge rusher Bud Dupree, edge rusher Harold Landry, guard Nate Davis and defensive lineman Denico Autry were also all back for the mandatory session after being absent for the voluntary portion of the offseason program.

-Dupree, decked out in red gloves, red cleats and with a red towel, looked good in his drills. Dupree also said he feels like he's healthy. Dupree said he's more confident with his knee, and what's ahead.

-Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was spotted at Saint Thomas Sports Park, but he did not dress out for practice. Vrabel said Simmons was "unavailable."

-Receiver Treylon Burks also did not take part in Tuesday's minicamp practice either after being absent for last week's open OTA. Vrabel said afterward Burks was "unavailable" without giving any specifics on why Burks, who was spotted on a stationary bike with Simmons, didn't practice.

-Cornerback Caleb Farley, receiver Robert Woods, cornerback Kristian Fulton and receiver Racey McMath were decked out in the yellow pullover jerseys once again during team and 7-on-7 periods, signifying they're still in the 'return to play portion' of their rehab. Tight end Briley Moore wore a yellow jersey for the first time this offseason.

-Offensive lineman Aaron Brewer, held out of some recent work, was back in action on Tuesday. Cornerback Elijah Molden and linebacker Monty Rice were both spotted, but their work in today's session appeared to be limited.

-In addition to Simmons and Burks, tight end Tommy Hudson, kicker Caleb Shudak and defensive back Greg Mabin did not practice on Tuesday.

-Defensive back A.J. Moore, cornerback Buster Skrine and receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. all went inside early with a trainer.

-In the first 7-on-7 period of the day, Tannehill connected on passes to Henry, fullback Tory Carter, receiver Kyle Philips and tight end Austin Hooper before a pair of touchdown tosses to receiver Dez Fitzpatrick and tight end Geoff Swaim, who made a nice catch on the ground.

-Skrine made a nice breakup on a Tannehill ball intended for Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

-Woodside connected with Haskins for a pair of completions in a 7-on-7 drill. Haskins has displayed nice hands this offseason.

-Willis connected with Malone for a score across the middle in a 7-on-7 period, but he was off target on several other throws in the same period.

-In an early team walk-through, Tannehill handed the ball off to Henry on four straight plays before running back Dontrell Hilliard got a carry. Running backs Jordan Wilkins, Hassan Haskins and Julius Chestnut got work in the same period in a drill led by quarterback Malik Willis. Chestnut got a lot of work with Logan Woodside guiding another walk-through period.

-In a kicking period, kicker Randy Bullock was 7-of-8, making kicks of 33, 39, 43, 46, 51, 44 and 35 before a miss from 54 yards. Bullock is 12-of-13 in the open periods this offseason.

-Mason Kinsey and Kyle Philips fielded punts in a special teams period.

-I mentioned earlier Okonkwo and Malone having big performances in the final 7-on-7, which offered the biggest highlights of the day. In the same period, Tannehill connected with Hilliard for a score on a short pass.

-Safety Kevin Byard had a nice breakup on a ball intended for Westbrook-Ikhine.

-Woodside was 5-of-5 in the final 7-on-7, with three completions to Malone, a TD pass to Okonkwo and a short pass to Haskins.

-Willis ended his day with a sidearm touchdown completion to receiver Brandon Lewis, and short passes to Chestnut and Philips.

-Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk watched Tuesday's session from her perch above the practice fields at STSP.

-Metro Nashville Chief of Police John Drake attended the early portion of practice, and chatted with Titans GM Jon Robinson.

-The Titans will be back on the field for the second day of the minicamp on Wednesday, and that session is also open to reporters.

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