Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will face the Houston Texans.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


Mettenberger wants a "W"**

Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger just stepped off the practice field on Thursday, and he's set to face the Texans for the fourth time as a starter.

There's one stat Mettenberger would love to change. He's started eight NFL games, and the Titans are 0-8 in those games.

"Quoting coach (Herm) Edwards, you play the game to win,'' Mettenberger said after Wednesday's practice. "It has been tough, but all I can do is keep my head down, keep working, and just hope things will work itself out. Hopefully I can play good enough football for us to get a win."

Mettenberger has started two games this season, and come off the bench to replace Marcus Mariota on two other occasions. On the season, he's completed 69-of-102 passes for 663 yards, with three touchdowns and five interceptions.

A year after making six starts, Mettenberger admits he's grown up in the past year. He's the same guy who was involved in "Selfiegate", alongside co-star J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, a year ago. But he's different.

"I've realized there's a right way and a wrong way to do things,'' Mettenberger said. "That's just part of life, learning from past mistakes and growing. To be where I want to be I definitely have to be a mature leader of the team, and I think I am getting to that point."


Ready to help**

New Titans receiver/return man Damaris Johnson just joined the team last Friday, so he didn't play on Sunday against the Patriots.

Johnson said he'll be ready this Sunday, if needed.

"I feel good,'' he said. "It's a totally different system than I was in before with New England and Houston, but I am picking it up pretty well and I feel like I can go out there and play fast.

"I am sure they brought me in to play a little bit, so I have to get ready."

The Titans claimed Johnson off waivers from New England. Johnson has a total of 44 games of NFL experience with the Eagles, Texans and Patriots, and he's posted 52 receptions for 601 yards. Johnson also has experience as a kick returner, posting a 9.1 average on punt returns and 25.1 yards on kickoff returns.

Johnson played in all 16 games for the Texans a year ago, including eight starts, while recording 31 receptions for 331 yards.

"I just want to come in and do my job, what they ask me to do,'' Johnson said. "I didn't know anybody here when I got here, but that's business. I just have to come in and do my job and that's how relationships build."

Injury Update

Receiver Kendall Wright (ribs) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) both practiced again on Thursday. Both players missed Sunday's game against the Patriots with a hamstring injury.

Interim coach Mile Mularkey said he expects both players to play on Sunday.


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