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Observations From Wednesday's Titans OTA


NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field on Wednesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park for the fifth day of organized team activities.

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

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

-The Titans spent a good bulk of practice working on third-down situations, coach Brian Callahan said.

"First time we've done that against each other, so that was really, really good work," Callahan said. "Fun to watch."

-I led off last week's observations with Calvin Ridley and I'm doing it again today, because the receiver once again turned heads – while turning defenders around.

After catching a short pass from quarterback Will Levis, and with his back to linebacker James Williams, Ridley faked going to his right and then went left, and the juke allowed him to race into open space en route to the sideline. Spectators on the sideline could hear the reaction of offensive players watching behind the ball.

It was another glimpse of Ridley's play-making ability.

Ridley spoke to reporters after practice.

-Levis completed 6-of-9 passes in 7-on-7 periods, and he also tucked the ball and ran it on another play. His first pass of the day was a bullet that went off the hands of receiver Tyler Boyd, and the football hit cornerback Eric Garror on the helmet. His last pass was a nice sideline grab by receiver Mason Kinsey.

-Kinsey had a solid day, catching two passes from Levis, including one across the middle with cornerback Chidobe Awuzie on his hip.

-Receiver Treylon Burks caught a strike from Levis in the middle of the field.

Burks talked to reporters after Wednesday's session as well.

-Quarterback Mason Rudolph was a perfect 3-of-3 in his 7-on-7 work, with completions to running back Julius Chestnut and tight ends Nick Vannett and Thomas Odukoya.

-Quarterback Malik Willis was 2-of-3 on the day in 7-on-7, with completions to receiver Jha'Quan Jackson and running back Tyjae Spears.

It was cool watching Spears lead the way in individual drills, showing his fellow running backs how a certain drill needed to be executed.

-Cornerback Caleb Farley had a nice breakup on a Willis pass intended for Burks.

-Rookie receiver Jha'Quan Jackson made a heck of a catch in an early individual period.

If you don't believe it, check out the video below.

-With Folk not in attendance for today's OTA, kicker Brayden Narveson handled field goals during a special teams period. I was watching from a distance, but it looked like Narveson was a perfect 6-of-6 from relatively short distances.

-All of the OTAs are voluntary, and overall attendance has been good so far. Not spotted on the field at Wednesday's session (either because of injury/rehab or because players are working out on their own): Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, receiver DeAndre Hopkins, edge Harold Landry, cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, tackle Jaelyn Duncan, defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat, receiver Colton Dowell and kicker Nick Folk.

-Former Titans running back and current Tennessee State University coach Eddie George attended Wednesday's practice, decked out in a TSU cap.

-The Titans will return to the field for OTA No.6 on Friday, but that session is closed to media. The next open session is scheduled for next Tuesday, when the team begins minicamp.

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