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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 open the regular season against the Vikings at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice…


Conklin Ready**

The Titans drafted tackle Jack Conklin eighth overall in the NFL Draft, and threw him into the mix early this offseason.

Conklin started all four preseason contests, and he performed well.

Now, he's ready for his first regular season game.

"I'm ready, and as an offensive line we're at a place where we hashed out the things we wanted to in training camp,'' Conklin said. "We are a group with a lot of young guys, but we've come together and figured things out, and we're excited to put it out there."

Conklin said he anticipates a physical matchup against the Vikings.

"I think it is going to be one of those old style football games where a team tries to run the ball, and the other team tries to stop the run,'' Conklin said. "They kind of have the identity we're trying to make here, as a smash-mouth football team. They want to come out and try to hit you, and we respect that because we want to do the same thing."


LeBeau's Mindset**

Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has a hunch about what he'll see from the Vikings at quarterback.

"I kind of think it's going to be (Sam) Bradford,'' LeBeau said. "But no one up there has dropped a line to me telling me that's who it is going to be. But I am sure of this: He didn't spend his last six months looking at us at the opening opponent, and we didn't spend it looking at him. I think that part is going to balance it out.

"I don't know which quarterback they are going to play, but I don't think it will change that much about what they do offensively."

LeBeau is much more certain about what he'll see from Minnesota at running back – a healthy dose of Adrian Peterson.

"He is right up there with the all-time greats,'' LeBeau said of Peterson. "The record book tells you that. He's tremendous. He's one of those guys on any one given play, if he has a crack he is going to put it in the zone. And that is never a whole lot of fun to play against."

Cox Update

Titans cornerback Perrish Cox got a chance to play in the preseason finale against the Dolphins, and he's practiced this week.

Coach Mike Mularkey has liked what he's seen.

Cox missed the first three preseason games with an ankle injury.

"Perrish has looked," Mularkey said. "He is running around as well as I've seen him run. It's to have him and (Jason McCourty) out there working together."

Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Amber Harding)

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