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Quick Hits and Observations: Day 1 of Training Camp



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans just wrapped up the first practice of 2017 training camp.

Here's what you need to know …

What stood out

• Quarterback Marcus Mariota was sharp. He delivered the ball accurately throughout practice, and I was impressed with how he moved. Decked out in black cleats, Mariota sidestepped rushing defenders and made throws. (A story on Mariota is coming next on Titans Online).

• Receiver Eric Decker made a nice debut. I didn't see him drop a pass all day, and he made one spectacular one-handed catch on the sideline. I was next to him when he hit the blocking sled before practice, and he moved it with ease. And fans seem to dig this guy already.

• Running back Derrick Henry showed a nice burst on several runs. He ran behind left tackle Taylor Lewan on one play, and busted through a gaping hole and past defenders.

• Safety Kevin Byard lined up with the first group and was around the ball throughout. Byard wasn't able to haul in an interception early, but he made up for it later when he picked off a pass.

• A pair of rookies combined for a big defensive play. Cornerback Adoree Jackson stripped the football away from receiver Tre McBride in the middle of the field, and linebacker Jayon Brown scooped it up.

• Running back David Fluellen looked good to me. He made some nice inside runs, and moved the pile.

• Receiver Jonathan Krause made a really nice diving catch during the later portion of practice to haul in a throw from quarterback Alex Tanney. 

• The Titans plan to rotate cornerbacks throughout training camp. On Saturday, Logan Ryan and LeShaun Sims were out there with the first group on the outside, and Brice McCain lined up in the slot.


Story of the Day**

During practice, Titans general manager Jon Robinson left practice, and sprinted inside.

Something big must've happened, and it did.

The Titans agreed to terms with receiver Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick, and he's expected to sign his contract and be ready to practice tomorrow.

"I am pleased that he is here, and I am glad that he's here," Mularkey said of Davis. "I think his teammates are glad, and I know he is very happy to be here. He didn't miss very much, a couple of practices. He will not be behind, and he'll pick it right up."


Play of Day**

Tight end Delanie Walker raced downfield and appeared to be overthrown by Mariota. Then Walker kicked it into another gear, extended his arms and made the catch while sliding out of bounds. I initially thought it wasn't a catch, because I didn't see Walker get both feet down. The nearby official ruled it a catch, however, indicating Walker got his rear end down before going out of bounds. Fans cheered, and one guy shouted, "Another Pro Bowl season" at Walker, who smiled.


Injury Watch**

• Receiver Tajae Sharpe did not practice. He was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp because of the foot injury he suffered earlier in the offseason.

• Linebacker Kevin Dodd practiced for the first time since having his second foot surgery last December. Afterward, Dodd said he's still working his way back to being himself, but he felt good.

• Mularkey praised defensive lineman Karl Klug and called him "an animal" after watching him practice. Coaches are doing their best to keep Klug from going all-out while coming back from an Achilles injury, but it hasn't been easy.

Other notables

• The crowd on Day 1 was estimated at 2,400.

• The first group of fans showed up at 6 a.m. for the first training camp practice. 

• Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason attended practice, along with several of his players.

• MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill watched practice as well.

• Tiffany Blackmon from NFL Network was on hand.

Next practice: Sunday, 2:40 p.m. at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Titans players take the field for Day 1 of the 2017 training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donn Jones, Gary Glenn)