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Quick Hits from the Titans on Friday, Including the Defense's Mindset to Improve vs. the Run


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have struggled in run defense this season -- the team is ranked 26th overall, allowing 123.2 yards per game.

Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said that needs to change, starting on Sunday vs. the Ravens.

"I think the biggest thing is stopping the run," Casey said. "We have to make sure we take care of that.

"A lot of teams are going to try and hit us from that area, and it is going to key to make sure we do what we are talking about, and that is stopping the run."

The Titans missed 14 tackles in last Sunday's game vs. the Bills, including four on one play.

"We're not consistent," Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "We had 26 runs last week (vs. the Bills) that were three yards or less, and you would say that was normally a very good day. But we had about seven or eight runs that were about 70 yards … and some of them were the exact same runs.

"So we have to be more consistent in the running game, and that is really why statistically we are not as good as we need to be."

Woodyard Update

Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard's streak of 77 consecutive games played ended Sunday in Buffalo.

It was the 5th-longest active streak of its kind among NFL linebackers. Woodyard, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, missed his 1st game since 10/20/13 during his final year with the Broncos. Woodyard had appeared in every game since joining Titans in 2014.

Woodyard returned to practice this week on a limited basis. He's listed as questionable on the team's Injury Report.

"I am feeling good, just getting out there and loosening up," Woodyard said. "It is still a day-to-day thing."


Safety Kenny Vaccaro (elbow) and linebacker Will Compton (hamstring) have been ruled out for Sunday's game.

Linebacker Kamalei Correa (foot), Robert Spillane (knee) and defensive lineman Bennie Logan (elbow) are all questionable.

Titans tackles Taylor Lewan (foot) and Dennis Kelly (illness) were full participants in Friday's practice and are good to go.

The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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