Players to Watch as Titans Practice in Pads Sunday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans will really get down to business on Sunday at Saint Thomas Sports Park the pads come on for the first time.

Here's a look at some players to keep eye on:


— Left tackle Taylor Lewan**

At the start of camp, Lewan said the offensive line wants to play a nastier brand of football this fall while setting a tone. Look for him to come out pushing folks around on Sunday.

— Defensive lineman Karl Klug

Klug doesn't put up with a lot of nonsense on the field. You can be sure the big guy from Iowa doesn't want anyone sending any messages in his neighborhood. Heck, even the head coach said he expects Klug to be in a brawl during camp.

— Quarterback Marcus Mariota

Yes, he's going to be in a red jersey, and if someone hits him, he might as well keep walking off the premises. Mariota will have more defenders in his face as things get more hectic, however, and he'll have to slide around in the pocket in traffic.


— Fullback Jalston Fowler**

The 5-11, 254-pounder from Alabama is a versatile player who can do a lot of things. But he's known for being a physical player, and loves it when the pads are on. Running back David Cobb also has a chance to open some eyes with contact.

— Right tackles Byron Bell/Jeremiah Poutasi

The Titans get plenty of clues about these two in helmets and shorts, but the true test comes when the pads are on. Which guy will prove to be more physical, and play with better technique?

— Back-up outside linebacker

Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo have nothing to prove at this point. But their back-ups are under the microscope, and the pads will provide some answers. J.R. Tavai, Jonathan Massaquoi, Deiontrez Mount and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil all have a chance to stand out.

— Receiver Justin Hunter

Hunter is off to a good start in training camp, but he'll be pressed and be forced to make some contested catches when the pads come on. Will the former University of Tennessee Vol rise to the challenge?


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