Observations from Tuesday's Titans Practice


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Tuesday for the 13th practice of training camp open to media.

Here's a look at what stood out:

-The defense rose up and made plays on Tuesday, deflecting passes and picking some of them off. Defensive back Amani Hooker had an interception on a Logan Woodside pass that was tipped by Tye Smith. Cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass that was tipped by Hooker. Hooker deflected at least two passes on Tuesday, in addition to his pick. Cornerback Kenneth Durden, who had a nice August, also intercepted a Woodside pass that was underthrown. Defensive backs were very active, and disruptive, on this day.

-In a 7-on-7 red zone period, Tannehill twice connected with receiver Kalif Raymond, and he also threw completions to running back Jeremy McNichols and fullback Khari Blasingame, who took it in for a touchdown. On a separate possession, Tannehill connected with tight end Jonnu Smith for a score.

-Jonnu Smith continued his nice run of practices. He caught a number of balls in stride, and looked smooth doing it. A late slant went for a touchdown in a red zone period.

-In a half-speed team period, Tannehill connected with receiver Adam Humphries for a nice gain. Blasingame also caught a pair of passes in this period, and ditto for receiver Corey Davis. Running back Senorise Perry also had a pair of snags.

-The Titans continue to monitor running back Derrick Henry's workload in practices. Henry has looked good running the football, but he also regularly gets in extra conditioning work on the side during the second half of practices.

-Linebacker Rashaan Evans has been showing up plenty in practices, and he did again on Tuesday.

-Big defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons got his big right hand on a Tannehill pass, and batted it down.

-Safety Kevin Byard nearly had an interception on a Tannehill pass intended for Smith, and defensive back Ibraheim Campbell nearly got a pick himself.

-Defensive lineman Isaiah Mack showed up in the gap with a nice stop.

-Cornerback Adoree' Jackson was solid in coverage working against Corey Davis and some of the team's other receivers.

-In a late two-minute period, Tannehill connected with tight end Anthony Firkser twice, and he also found an open receiver Cody Hollister.

-Woodside's best throw in his two-minute drive was across the middle to big tight end Geoff Swaim.

-Receivers Kalif Raymond, Adam Humphries and Mason Kinsey all fielded punts. Raymond and running back Senorise Perry fielded kickoffs from the JUGS machine.

-In 1-on-1 drills between WRs and DBs early, cornerback Kenneth Durden had a near interception, and defensive backs Chris Milton and Joshua Kalu had nice breakups.

-Receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had an up and down day. Ikhine-Westbrook made a nice snag in 1-on-1s, and he was on the receiving end of a Trevor Siemian touchdown toss late. But he also had at least three drops in the session.

-It was a tough day on the injury front, as guard Nate Davis and linebacker Derick Roberson both left Tuesday's practice early, and neither returned.

-Receiver A.J. Brown was back on the practice field and took part in drills after missing a few days, but he headed inside on what appeared to be a planned shortened day for him.

-Titans kicker Greg Joseph was 5-of-6 on his field goal tries, and he's now 47-of-55 during the open practices during camp. Kicker Tucker McCann was 4-of-6, and he's now 46-of-54 in the open periods of practice.

-Receiver Cam Batson, cornerback Kareem Orr, cornerback Kristian Fulton, receiver Rashard Davis, safety Dane Cruikshank, running back Darrynton Evans, guard Jamil Douglas, guard Rodger Saffold and tackle Dennis Kelly did not practice.

-Former Titans GM Floyd Reese, now with 102.5-FM The Game, was on hand for Tuesday's practice.

-Linebacker Vic Beasley, who remains on the Non-Football injury list, isn't practicing.

Next practice: Thursday, 12:20-1:55 p.m.

Titans players take the field for training camp on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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