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Observations From Tuesday's Titans OTA – All the Sights and Sounds


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

It was the team's sixth OTA this offseason.

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

-Receiver Treylon Burks was not spotted at Tuesday's OTA. Coach Mike Vrabel said afterward Burks was "unavailable" without giving any specifics on why Burks wasn't present. Before practice, Titans receivers coach Rob Moore complimented Burks and his work ethic while saying some of the early negativity surrounding the first-round pick is "unfortunate." "Some of the things that happened are kind out of his control," Moore said of Burks. "The kid's got asthma, and those things happen."

- Derrick Henry, Zach Cunningham, Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Nate Davis, Denico Autry, and Jeffery Simmons were not in attendance at the voluntary session again today, so you won't find their names below this mention.

-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. Farley talked extensively with reporters after Tuesday's session.

-Offensive lineman Aaron Brewer, cornerback Elijah Molden and linebacker Monty Rice were all spotted, but their work in today's session was either limited or they were held out.

-There were two unfortunate injuries during Tuesday's session. Kicker Caleb Shudak left with a trainer after suffering an injury during a field goal period. Also, tight end Tommy Hudson needed help leaving the field after suffering a leg injury while running a route.

-Woods continues to make progress during the offseason work. And, during periods when he's not involved, Woods has been getting in extra conditioning work on a side field.

-The Titans started off in a team jog through period, when running backs Dontrell Hilliard, Jordan Wilkins and Trenton Cannon got a lot of work with quarterback Ryan Tannehill leading the offense.

-Quarterback Malik Willis has had his moments in OTAs, some good, some not-so-good. His first snap under center on Tuesday ended up on the ground, and he didn't field his second snap cleanly either. Willis made some nice throws in the session, including a bullet to receiver Racey McMath in a team period, but several of his Tuesday tosses missed their targets either because of good plays by the defense or throws that were off target a bit.

-The injury to Shuduk, who entered Tuesday's practice with makes on 17 of 19 attempts, came during an early kicking period. After makes of 33 and 35, Shudak misfired on kicks from 40 and 42 before he injured himself on a 47-yard attempt that was short and impacted by the injury. He was seen leaving the field minutes later.

-During a faster jog through period, Hilliard got a lot more work, and he showed off some speed. Hilliard is benefitting from the extra reps with Henry's absence, and he's looked good to me. Cannon has flashed as well.

-There was a lot of action in the first 7-on-7 period of the day, which included a beautiful touchdown toss from Tannehill to rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo, who caught the ball over his shoulder with cornerback Buster Skrine in coverage.

-Tannehill also connected with receiver Josh Malone on a nice sideline grab in the 7-on-7 before sideline completions to Hilliard and receiver Dez Fitzpatrick.

-Fitzpatrick followed up the catch previously mentioned with a touchdown catch in the red zone, with rookie cornerback Roger McCreary trailing on the play. Tannehill wasn't able to connect with tight end Geoff Swaim in this period, however, as a pass a bit off target went off of Swaim's hands. Tannehill closed this period strong, with a completion to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and a touchdown toss to Hilliard, who capped off his nice day.

-Quarterback Logan Woodside made a number of nice throws on Tuesday, including a pair of completions to Kyle Philips, a completion to Swaim and a touchdown toss to receiver Reggie Roberson Jr.

-The Titans ended the day with more work in the red zone, and it provided more highlights, including a nice break-up by Skrine on a Tannehill pass intended for Cannon.

-Tight end Austin Hooper made a tough touchdown grab in the final period, with defensive back Chris Jackson in tight coverage. Earlier, Jackson broke up a Tannehill pass intended for Hooper.

-Woodside connected with receiver Mason Kinsey for a touchdown toss in the final period, as Kinsey got some separation, and the score.

-Westbrook-Ikhine ended the day on a high note, with a pair of touchdown catches on ball thrown by Tannehill.

-Titans assistant coaches talked to reporters before Tuesday's practice.

-The Titans will be back on the field for OTA No.7 on Thursday, but that session will be closed to media. The next open practice is scheduled for next Tuesday, the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp.

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