Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will face the Patriots.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


Pressure Brady**

A total of eight pages are dedicated to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the team's weekly press release. There's one chart after another about his accomplishments on the football field.

Since 2000, Brady has a 171-49 record as the team's starting quarterback. He's guided the team to four Super Bowl wins.

"It's an opportunity to play against, in my opinion, the best draft pick in the history of the NFL,'' defensive coordinator Ray Horton said of Brady.

Already, Brady has thrown for 4,138 yards and 33 touchdowns this season.

Horton said the key to slowing him down is by hitting him. He's been sacked 32 this season.

"That is our key every week – to get to the quarterback,'' Horton said. "Move him off his spot, hit the quarterback so he knows we're there … We have to put the pressure on him early and keep him on him."


The underdogs**

The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champs, with a record of 11-2.

The Titans are 3-10, and coming off a lopsided loss to the Jets.

The Patriots are an overwhelming favorite on Sunday.

Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey was asked about the feeling going into a game as such a decided underdog. He said the team will be ready.

"I just think everybody has a lot of pride in what they're doing. These are great challenges. This is why we do this,'' Mularkey said. "As a coach, I know the guys will be ready to step on the field like that. Back in 2012 (while head coach with the Jaguars), we were 2-12 playing the Patriots and we were on the one-yard line, 23-16, we had a chance to tie the score in the fourth quarter to have a chance to beat them. I think that's every week.

"But it's a challenge for all of us that I think we kind of like being in this position. We'll see what happens with it, but a very prideful group."

Injury Report

Titans receiver Kendall Wright didn't practice again on Thursday, and he continues to work his way back from the rib injury that forced him to miss Sunday's game against the Jets.

Wright did some more running on Thursday.

Safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and defensive lineman Mike Martin (knee) also missed practice, while defensive lineman Sammie Hill (knee) returned.

The Titans added linebacker David Bass (hip) to the Injury Report. He was limited.


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