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Observations From Tuesday's Titans OTA


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field on Tuesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park for the second day of the team's organized team activities.

Today's OTA session was open to media after Monday's session was closed.

Here's a look at what stood out from Tuesday:

-Running back Derrick Henry, who has missed OTAs in past years, was on the practice field for the second straight day on Tuesday and ... he looks good. Who's surprised? Henry did most of his work in the individual periods, and at one point during the OTA was spotted giving some pointers to rookie running back Tajae Spears.

-Big defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was on the practice field again on Tuesday himself, and his work continued into a team period before eventually doing some work on the side. Simmons said he's come a long way from last year's ankle injury, and he's glad to be back in action this early in the offseason.

-Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was very sharp in the first open OTA. He connected on his first eight pass attempts on the day, including a beautiful pass across the middle to tight end Chig Okonkwo. Tannehill's only so-so throw was a deep ball to Racey McMath, and the ball fell to the ground because of it.

-Receiver Treylon Burks looks fit, and faster. On Tannehill's first pass attempt in the team period he connected with Burks, who was being defended by cornerback Roger McCreary. Burks made at least three catches on the day.

-Outside linebacker Arden Key made his presence known early when he closed in on Tannehill during a team period. The play was blown dead, as it likely would've ended with a sack.

-Running back Tyjae Spears was very active, and picked up where he left off in the rookie OTA. The team's third-round draft pick is an impressive looking athlete. He made a spinning catch in a team period that put him in contention for play of the day.

-Outside linebacker Caleb Murphy, who compiled a crazy number of sacks in college at Ferris State, got himself into position for what would have been a sack of quarterback Malik Willis in a team period.

-Speaking of Willis, I thought he made a number of nice throws on Tuesday. He also threw behind tight end Josh Whyle on a play late in the session, which allowed safety Matthew Jackson an opportunity to knock it down.

-Quarterback Will Levis got most of his work in a rookie period at the end of practice, and he connected with Mason Kinsey on a pair of throws. Levis mishandled his first snap of the day – with Xavier Newman working at center – and he wasn't able to connect on a deep ball to receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison. But Levis showed some athleticism himself when he tucked the ball and ran with it, and the velocity he puts on the football with a flick of the wrist is impressive.

-A few quick observations on the linebackers: Azeez Al-Shaair is even stouter than I realized, and Luke Gifford has impressive length.

-Receiver Chris Moore is a glider when he runs. The former Texans receiver showed some humor after practice when asked about picking No.11.

-Receiver Kearis Jackson, an undrafted free agent who played at Georgia, was on the field with a wrap on his right hand.

-Former University of Tennessee and Titans tight end Luke Stocker is working with the team's tight ends this offseason as an intern.

-Defensive back Elijah Molden worked at safety in Tuesday's session, something head coach Mike Vrabel volunteered during his media availability after practice. Vrabel said the work adds to Molden's versatility.

-All of the OTAs are voluntary, and overall attendance has been good the past two days. Not spotted at Tuesday's session (either because of injury or because players are working out on their own): CB Caleb Farley, CB Kristian Fulton, S Kevin Byard, LB Monty Rice, OLB Harold Landry, OL Dillon Radunz, TE Trevon Wesco, DL Denico Autry, and DL Sam Okuayinonu.

Vrabel said he has no problem with Byard not being here. Vrabel said Byard has remained in contact with the team, and he actually saw him over the weekend.

-Defensive lineman Teair Tart hasn't yet signed his tender as a restricted free agent, but he did sign a waiver and is practicing with the team.

-Titans pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Charles London and Titans tight ends coach Tony Dews weren't at practice. They've spent the past few days taking part in the NFL's Coach Accelerator program at the NFL Spring League Meetings in Minneapolis

-The Titans will return to the field for OTA No.3 on Thursday, but that session is closed to media.

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