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Observations From Titans Minicamp on Wednesday


NASHVILLE – The Titans were back on the field on Wednesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park for Day 2 of this week's three-day minicamp.

Here's a look at what stood:

-The offense and defense took turns getting the best of each other in Wednesday's session, one day after I felt the defense dominated. Coach Mike Vrabel made a point to mention the defense committed too many penalties the day before, throwing some shade on any defenders feeling too good about themselves.

-After a shaky start which saw the football hit the ground after a botched exchange, quarterback Ryan Tannehill heated up late in the session. In the last period of practice, Tannehill threw touchdowns passes on three consecutive plays in a red zone period, connecting with receivers Treylon Burks and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine for scores as well as a short toss to speedy running back Jonathan Ward, who scooted in for a touchdown.

-Burks had a solid day on Wednesday, catching two touchdown passes, including one he wrestled away from cornerback Roger McCreary in the end zone. Burks looks like a different player on the practice field, and he sounds like a different one in his media availabilities as well. Burks said his confidence is through the roof, and it looks like it.

-Burks offered some high praise for rookie receiver Colton Dowell, who has done his best to battle through the ups and downs of his first offseason with the team. Dowell had a good day on Wednesday himself, catching a pair of touchdowns himself.

-Quarterback Malik Willis threw one of the touchdown passes to Dowell, one play after a short completion to Ward. Willis later threw a touchdown pass to receiver Kearis Jackson, but he also misfired on a few passes on Wednesday.

-Quarterback Will Levis connected with Dowell for his other touchdown catch. Levis threw three straight completions at one point, and he tucked the ball and ran it a few times as well.

-Defensive lineman Jaleel Jackson, signed last month, provided pressure on one rush that likely would've resulted in a sack.

-Titans safety Kevin Byard practiced for the second straight day with the team, and chatted with his head coach before practice. Byard pressured Tannehill into a throwaway on a rush during a red zone period.

-Defensive back Eric Garror broke up a Willis pass intended for rookie tight end Josh Whyle, and defensive back Chris Jackson had perhaps his best day this offseason, and his day included some good coverage on Burks in a red zone period. I jotted down defensive back Shyheim Carter's name for a pass breakup as well. I thought cornerback Steven Jones interfered with Whyle on a Levis attempt into the end zone late in the session.

-Titans running back Derrick Henry showed his brute strength during a walkthrough period early, as he briefly collided with linebacker Monty Rice. The contact with Rice was incidental, and quick, but Rice lost his balance and stumbled back.

-Titans head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed after practice free agent receiver DeAndre Hopkins is scheduled to visit with the team early next week.

-Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk attended today's minicamp for the second day in a row.

-Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw also attended Wednesday's session.

-Kicker Caleb Shudak made 7 of his 8 field goal attempts on Wednesday, including a long of 55 yards. Kicker Trey Wolff, an undrafted free agent from Texas Tech, didn't kick on Wednesday and is 23-of-25 during the open periods this offseason.

-Not spotted at Wednesday's session: CB Caleb Farley, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Josh Thompson, OLB Harold Landry, DL Sam Okuayinonu, OL Dillon Radunz and TE Trevon Wesco.

-Vrabel said on Wednesday Landry is making progress in his recovery from last year's knee injury, and said he's been attending meetings.

-Cornerback Elijah Molden, who did not practice on Tuesday, was back on the practice field on Wednesday.

-The Titans are scheduled for Day 3 of minicamp on Thursday, and that session is also open to the media.

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