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 Houston Texans.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


50 sacks**

Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo is off to the best start of his career.

Orakpo is tied for fifth place in the NFL with three sacks. This week, Elias Sports Bureau changed a play from Sunday's game against Oakland that was initially scored a shared sack between Orakpo and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. The scoring was changed to a solo sack for Orakpo.

It is the first time in his eight-year career Orakpo has tallied three sacks within the first three games. Orakpo now has 50 sacks in his career.

"It is still very early, so you can't get too high,'' Orakpo said. "But you know me, it's great to get sacks, but I want to win. At the end of the day, I just want to win regardless of if I get zero sacks, three sacks, whatever. I just want to win.

"It is obviously good because sacks come from pressure and we have been doing a good job even with a 1-2 record."


Lewan's play**

Taylor Lewan's late unnecessary roughness penalty on Sunday got him a lot of attention following the team's 17-10 loss to the Raiders.

It also overshadowed what was a solid day for the third-year left tackle. Lewan was recognized by Pro Football Focus on its Team of the Week. His grade of 90.7 was the highest of any player on offense. He's regularly graded out well by PFF during the first three weeks of the season.

"I feel like I have been playing consistent,'' Lewan said when asked to assess his play. "I feel like I have been playing good ball. I just have to continue to do it. It is a team sport, and I have to focus on being the best left tackle I can be and hopefully continue the trend of protecting Marcus (Mariota)."

Lewan said the Titans will need to play well on Sunday against the Texans. He was asked again this week about his penalty against the Raiders. He said he'll always lean toward playing physical.

"If there's a situation where the defensive players are jumping on our receivers, our running backs, I am going to do everything I can to let them know – we are going to be there too,'' Lewan said. "Obviously you don't want the penalties or be a guy that causes those, and I have been that guy in the past. And I am going to do my best to make sure those things don't happen.

"But I am not going to let that stop me from playing physical. I am not going to let that stop me from playing as hard as I can."


Titans receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring) was a full participant on Thursday's practice and is on track to play on Sunday.

Tight end Delanie Walker (hamstring) was limited. Walker missed Sunday's game against the Raiders.

"I think everything is in the right direction,'' Walker said of the injury. "It is going to come down to how I feel on Saturday. If I feel like I am capable of running full speed and making plays that I know I can make, that is basically what it is going to come down to."

Safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. Mike Mularkey said on Wednesday Searcy could be out several weeks.

Guard Quinton Spain (knee) and receiver Tajae Sharpe (hamstring) were limited in today's practice.

Cornerback Cody Riggs (hamstring) did not practice.

Of note

Mularkey was not at practice today to tend to a personal matter. He's expected back at Saint Thomas Sports Park later today.

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

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