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Observations from Tuesday's Titans Practice


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

Here's a look at what stood out:

-A day after 21 players were held out of practice, the Titans starters were back in full force in Tuesday's session.

-Titans head coach Mike Vrabel spent some one-on-one time with the offensive linemen, including first-round pick Isaiah Wilson, during the individual period.

-How strong is Wilson, the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder from Georgia? Well, his strength was on full display when he knocked tight end MyCole Pruitt to the ground during a period with minimal contact. And Pruitt (6-2, 245) is a big man himself. With a smile, and what looked like a half apology, Wilson helped him up.

-Linebacker Jayon Brown had a nice day, and he really stood out in a late team period. Brown broke up a well-thrown ball from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to tight end Jonnu Smith downfield, and on the next play he blew up a running play in the hole. Brown then let out a scream.

-Running back Derrick Henry doesn't waste any time during a practice day. He regularly spends time with running backs coach Tony Dews working on his pass catching when there's a break in the action. At other times he heads over to the sandpit for extra work.

-The Titans went straight to 1s vs 1s at the start of practice. And it started out with a beauty of a pass from Tannehill to receiver A.J. Brown. The pass traveled roughly 40 yards in the air, and fell right into the arms of Brown, with cornerback Malcolm Butler trailing him.

-Titans kicker Greg Joseph was just 3-of-6 on his field goal tries, and he's now 31-of-37 during the open practices during camp. Joseph's final two kicks were from 56 and 58 yards. Kicker Tucker McCann was 5-of-6, and he's now 32-of-36 in the open periods of practice. McCann hit a 56-yard kick, but was wide left on a 58-yard attempt. McCann has kicked well of late, and this competition is getting more interesting.

-In the 1 vs. 1s period, there was a brief scare when Henry when to the ground, and he came up limping. But Henry walked it off, and finished practice.

-In a 7-on-7 period, Tannehill picked the defense apart, completing five straight passes – two to receiver Corey Davis, two to back Khari Blasingame, and one to Brown.

-Quarterback Logan Woodside looked good in his 7-on-7 period as well, completing five straight passes himself – two to receiver Rashard Davis, one to receiver Kalif Raymond, one to tight end Jonnu Smith, and one to running back Marcus Marshall.

-Guard Nate Davis vomited at the start of the team period 🤮 (Sorry, no video).

-Safety Kevin Byard shot through the line and into the backfield for what would have been a sack of Tannehill during a team period.

-Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons continues to look beastly. He swallowed up Marshall on one run play that went nowhere.

-Defensive lineman Larrell Murchison also made a nice defensive stop on a Blasingame run.

-Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith made nice grabs in a late team period.

-When the Titans worked in a two-minute drill late in practice, Tannehill looked accurate and efficient, completing passes to tight end Anthony Firkser, receiver Adam Humphries, two to receiver A.J. Brown and two to receiver Corey Davis. He also threw a pair of incompletions.

-Receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, running back Cameron Scarlett, and receiver Rashard Davis all had catches on a two-minute drive led by Woodside.

-Linebacker Khalan Kearse-Thomas nearly had an interception late, and on the next play defensive back Ibraheim Campbell had a nice break-up.

-I promise I'm not typing linebacker Wyatt Ray in here so often because I like his first name. He's just giving me reasons to because he's showing up on the practice field. He busted into the backfield on Tuesday and made a stop.

-Running back Darrynton Evans, receiver Cameron Batson, running back Senorise Perry, cornerback Kareem Orr, safety Dane Cruikshank and cornerback Kristian Fulton did not practice on Tuesday.

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

Next practice: Thursday, 10:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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