Pick Six: 6 Things That Stood Out in First Week of OTAs



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **The Titans wrapped up their first round of organized team activities this week.

The team practiced three times at Saint Thomas Sports Park, and more OTAs are on the docket next week.

Here's a look at six things that stood out from this week:

Of course all eyes were on Mariota when the team took the field on Day 1. This early work has to be considered a bonus for Mariota, and the Titans, since there was no guarantee he'd be ready coming off last year's injury. Mariota's not 100 percent. He didn't take off and open things up like he's done so many times in practices. He's not working in team periods, where he could accidentally be stepped on by a 300-pound lineman. But I thought he moved well, and made some nice throws. It's a start.

Yes, Corey Davis is a physical specimen. He's limited in practices himself, but his workload is being increased as he works his way back from an ankle injury. He's going to help this fall. Taywan Taylor is going to help, too. Taylor, outfitted in Kendall Wright old number (13), got my attention this week. I liked the way he went up and got the ball in practices, with defenders in the vicinity. He made a really impressive catch on a deep ball from Mariota during one session.

Running backs

Backs Khalfani Muhammad and Derrick Henry get your attention for different reasons – they're on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to size. Muhammad (5-7, 174) gets your attention because of his quickness, and Henry because of his size (6-3, 247). I thought both had nice weeks at the start. But DeMarco Murray also stood out. After ending last season with a nagging toe injury, Murray looked good in the three practice sessions this week. Jurrell Casey

The big defensive lineman routinely impresses on the practice field, but I guess it had just been a while since I'd seen it up close. Casey looked fast, and his speed for a big man is impressive. Coming off his second straight Pro Bowl season, he's in good shape and ready for a third. Casey also showed off some pretty nifty dance moves during stretch on Thursday when music was blaring from the speakers.


Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 2 of the 2017 OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Al Wagner, AP)

Offensive line**

I have to credit offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie on this one, because he noticed it before I did. From the first time the offensive line broke the huddle, Robiskie said he could tell the group was on the same page with their approach. Tackles Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin, guards Quinton Spain and Josh Kline, and center Ben Jones are all back, and they have chemistry. It's evident in practices. Newcomer Tim Lelito got some extra work when Spain missed Thursday, and rookie linemen Corey Levin and Brad Seaton are following the first five's lead as well. Frisman Jackson

Coach Mike Mularkey didn't create a lot of turnover on his staff this offseason. Receivers coach Frisman Jackson is new, and I watched his pupils go through some new drills during the course of the week. The receivers are responding to Jackson early, and he's preaching the same thing Robiskie is when it comes to mindset – both men want their receivers to attack the football, and win battles, on every play. The Titans have big and physical receivers who can do it, and Jackson will harp on it daily on the field and in the classroom.

Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 1 of the 2017 OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Al Wagner, AP)