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Quick Hits on the Titans From Friday


NASHVILLE – The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday to continue preparations for Sunday's regular season opener at the New Orleans Saints.

Here's a look at the developments of the day, in quick-hitting fashion …

-Undrafted rookie Kearis Jackson not only made the team after roster cuts – he earned a role for Week One.

Jackson, who played at Georgia, will return punts for the Titans on Sunday, and he's also in line for kickoff duties, along with rookie Tyjae Spears.

"I'm very much excited about the opportunity coming up this weekend, my first real NFL game after going through the preseason, when I got a feel for things," Jackson said on Friday. "Now it's an opportunity to represent my team, represent my family, represent everyone back home but most of all putting on a good show for the Titans and making sure I am putting the team in the right position back there as a returner.

"I have to make the most of my opportunity and also trust the guys around me."

Jackson returned two punts for 24 yards in the preseason, and he returned three kicks for 77 yards, with a long of 33.

Jackson, who returned 18 kickoffs for 391 yards a year ago at Georgia, said returning punts and kicks takes a certain mentality.

"You definitely have to have a dog mentality," Jackson said. "I feel like I am a fearless player. And being back there as a rookie, I don't think that too much scares me at all – I feel like I have been on the big stage a couple of times. I feel like I am a confident person in myself and I don't feel nervous about the situation.

"I am excited to go out there and play football."

-Titans Coach Mike Vrabel was asked if he'd decided who will be his No.2 QB for Sunday – Malik Willis or Will Levis?

Vrabel didn't provide any clues.

"Well, we'll have the gameday (report) 90 minutes before the situation," Vrabel said.

-Receiver Treylon Burks is a go for Sunday after working his way back from last month's knee injury.

Burks practiced again on Friday, and he doesn't even have an injury designation for the contest, which means he's good to go.

-The Titans released their final Injury Report on Friday, and it looked like this: CB Tre Avery (hamstring) is OUT. OLB Harold Landry (abdomen) and OL Dillon Radunz (knee) were full participants on Friday, and listed as QUESTIONABLE.

Meanwhile, OLB Arden Key (calf) and quarterback Will Levis (quad) were again full participants, along with Burks, and they're good to go.

Tight end Trevon Wesco and receiver DeAndre Hopkins both practiced in full on Friday after being listed as limited participants on Thursday, but only because they were given some rest a day earlier. Both Wesco and Hopkins are good to go.

-The Saints ruled out WR Tre'Quan Smith (groin) and S J.T. Gray (shoulder) on their final Injury Report on Friday.

-I did a separate story on DeAndre Hopkins on Friday. CLICK HERE to read it.

-I also did a story on Tim Shaw and Steve Gleason serving as honorary captains for Sunday's game. CLICK HERE to ready that piece.

-The Titans are scheduled to travel to New Orleans on Saturday for Sunday's game at Caesars Superdome.

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