Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thursday at St. Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Bills.

Three quick hits after today's practice


Defensive challenge**

During the bye week, the Titans evaluated things on both sides of the football.

One of the biggest points of emphasis for the Titans on defense: Stop giving up big plays.

The Titans gave up a pair of 3rd-and-20 plays against the Colts. The Browns also burned the Titans for a pair of long touchdown completions – 78 and 50 yards – in a win in Week 2.

Horton said big plays around the NFL are happening at an "alarming rate" as far as defensive coordinators are concerned.

"Everybody I'm sure preaches, 'No big plays on us,'" Horton said. "Our plays are one-play games (vs. Cleveland and Indianapolis) and one play does make a difference, that's what we have been stressing. We have to keep the scores as low as possible to help us win games. That's our job."

On Sunday, the Titans will try and slow down athletic Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"I hope this is a compliment to him, but I thought he was a Russell Wilson type, very athletic in the pocket, can move, and can create plays,'' Horton said. "He takes command of what he sees and puts his offense in the right place."


Facing old team**

Safety Da'Norris Searcy played four seasons in Buffalo before signing with Titans this offseason.

On Sunday, he'll face his old team at Nissan Stadium.

"It's going to be pretty cool,'' Searcy said on Thursday. "I played with some of those guys three and four years, so there will be some smiling and there will be some trash talking a little bit. But other than that my main goal is to go out there and (perform)."

Injury update

Titans guard Chance Warmack (knee) and defensive lineman Sammie Hill (knee) were limited in practice on Thursday.

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who was excused on Wednesday when his wife gave birth to a baby girl, was back at practice on Thursday.

Cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) and cornerback Cody Riggs (knee) practiced fully on Thursday.


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