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


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

It was the team's fourth OTA this offseason.

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

-The Titans spent a lot of time in jog-through and walk-through periods, but there was full-speed work later in a 7-on-7 drill that provided a lot of highlights on both sides of the football. We'll get to those later in this report.

-Safety Kevin Byard and tight end Geoff Swaim, who weren't present for last week's voluntary OTAs, were back on the practice field on Wednesday. Derrick Henry, Zach Cunningham, Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Nate Davis, Denico Autry, Taylor Lewan, Buster Skrine and Jeffery Simmons were not in attendance at the voluntary session today, so you won't find their names below this quick mention.

-Cornerback Caleb Farley, receiver Robert Woods, cornerback Kristian Fulton and receiver Racey McMath were decked out in the yellow pullover jerseys during team and 7-on-7 periods, signifying they're still in the 'return to play' portion of the their rehab.

-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.

-While Woods is wearing the yellow pullover jersey during portions of practice, he's stood out for more reasons than that during today's session. The former Rams receiver has looked good in individual drills, and he's made a whole bunch of catches in team periods, albeit some at less than full speed. He spoke to reporters after practice.

-Safety Amani Hooker had a really nice day on Wednesday. Hooker broke up two Ryan Tannehill passes intended for tight end Austin Hooper during a 7-on-7 period, which got the defense riled up.

-Former University of Tennessee receiver Josh Malone made the catch of the day. During a 7-on-7 period, Malone hauled in a Tannehill pass 40-plus yards downfield with just his right hand. Defensive back Chris Williamson was in good, tight coverage on the play, but that didn't keep Malone from making the catch.

-Hooper continues to be a popular target for Tannehill in these practices, and he's been consistent catching the football. His best catch on Wednesday was a running grab on the sideline on a nice ball thrown by Tannehill.

-Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, when answering questions about Dillon Radunz, offered up the second-year offensive lineman has been working primarily at right tackle in OTAs.

-During an early team walk-through, Tannehill connected with running back Dontrell Hilliard twice, and he also completed a pass to first-round pick Treylon Burks. Also in the period: Back-to-back completions from Tannehill to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, a completion to Mason Kinsey, and completions to Hooper and Woods.

-Quarterback Logan Woodside, leading some of the back-ups in another walk-through, connected with Kyle Philips twice, and he also threw completions to receiver Juwan Green, running back Trenton Cannon, and tight end Thomas Odukoya.

-I saw Philips drop his first pass today, during the individual period. But Philips got back in the drill, and executed it again with a catch.

-I don't think Burks is full-go yet, but he has made strides in the past week. Burks talked to reporters after practice on Wednesday.

-During another team jog-through, Hilliard got a lot of work, and Hooper made two more catches. The best pass of this period was a Tannehill floater to Woods, which he caught in stride. Running backs Jordan Wilkins and Trenton Cannon got some carries as well.

-Quarterback Malik Willis has been getting some reps in split periods, with the starters on one side of the field and back-ups on the other. Willis connected with tight end Chig Okonkwo in one jog-through period, but he threw behind Okonkwo on another pass.

-While running back Hassan Haskins has shown some nice moves, I also keep noticing Sacred Heart running back Julius Chestnut in these OTAs as well. Chestnut has made some nice inside runs, as well as runs to the outside.

-It was a good day for both of the team's kickers. Veteran Randy Bullock was a perfect 5-of-5, making kicks from 33, 39, 43, 47 and 52 yards. Undrafted kicker Caleb Shudak of Iowa also made all five of his kicks from the same distances. Later, both kickers worked in a kickoff period.

-Defensive back Theo Jackson of Nashville's John Overton High and the University of Tennessee had a nice break-up on a Tannehill pass intended for Odukoya.

-Nick Westbrook-Ikhine made a nice catch across the middle in a 7-on-7 period, and Tannehill found him downfield for a completion late.

-Woodside connected with Swaim in a 7-on-7 period, but a pass intended for Philips was knocked away by defensive back Shyheim Carter and a throw to Dez Fitzpatrick fell to the ground after Fitzpatrick slipped.

-Swaim got some extra work in with Tannehill during a break in the action.

-Tannehill connected with tight end Tommy Hudson and running backs Cannon and Haskins late in the session, but defensive back Greg Mabin broke up a pass intended for Fitzpatrick with a nice play.

-Willis connected with Malone across the middle in a late 7-on-7, and he also found Hudson open for a completion.

-Safety A.J. Moore made a really nice play late when he knocked the ball out of Odukoya's hands for a fumble.

-Williamson had a nice break-up on a pass intended for Malone, and fellow defensive back Kenneth George also had a nice PBU on a pass intended for Burks.

-Rookie linebacker Chance Campbell forced a fumble by Odukoya late in the session. It was a tough day for Odukoya, who is from the Netherlands.

-Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing and defensive coordinator Shane Bowen talked to reporters before practice.

-Several members of Auburn's defensive coaching staff were at Wednesday's practice. The team has hosted several college coaches in recent weeks.

-The Titans will be back on the field for OTA No.5 on Friday, but that session will be closed to media. The next open practice is scheduled for next Tuesday.

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