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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 face the Miami Dolphins.

Three quick hits after today's practice, plus a bonus hit on Hurricane Matthew:


Orakpo's fast start**

Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo is on a roll, with four sacks in four games.

He believes the rest of the pass rush will start producing more sacks soon.

"We are definitely on the verge,'' Orakpo said. "We just have to keep coming. You guys turn the film on and guys are coming. It is not as much about finishing the sack as much as these quarterbacks are really getting the ball out of their hands (quick). Simultaneously, as they're throwing it, they're getting hit. We have a lot of guys frustrated in this locker room because a lot of guys want those sacks.

"But the sacks will come. It's a long season, and we just have to keep coming."

Last week at Houston, Orakpo recorded his fourth sack in the first four weeks of the season, marking the first time in his eight-year career he accomplished the feat. The Titans have just six sacks as a team.

Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, Orakpo is the 13th player for the franchise with four sacks in a season's first four games. He is the sixth player to do so since the team became the Titans in 1999, joining Carlos Hall (2002), Kyle Vanden Bosch (2005), Albert Haynesworth (2008), Dave Ball (2010) and Derrick Morgan (2015).

With a sack this week, Orakpo would become only the eighth player for the franchise to record five sacks in the first five games, dating back to 1982, when sacks became an official statistic.

"I just have to keep coming and keep getting after it,'' Orapko said. "Yeah, it is a fast start, and I attribute that to a lot of hard work I put in this offseason, and playing game."


Members of the New Zealand soccer team visit Titans practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

Futbol meets football**

Members of the New Zealand soccer team visited STSP on Thursday, and exchanged jerseys with Titans coach Mike Mularkey. General Manager Jon Robinson also spent time with the team, scheduled to play Mexico on Saturday at Nissan Stadium.

After practice, some of the New Zealand players visited with Titans kicker Ryan Succop and punter Brett Kern, and tried some long field goals.

"They're great guys,'' Kern said. "One guy made a kick from 50 pretty easily, but when we got back to 60 he started hitting it like a soccer ball. He was hitting it high on the ball, like you would a soccer ball. But it was fun to hang out with them and exchange stories and different techniques."

Kern began playing soccer around age 4, and until his sophomore year in high school.

"My dad played pro soccer, so it kind of runs in the blood,'' Kern said. "There's still times I miss playing soccer. So it was cool to see the best of their sport talking with us."


Hurricane Matthew**

Following the conclusion of practice, Mularkey said he had no news regarding the site and time of Sunday's game.

The Titans are scheduled to play on Sunday in Miami Gardens at 1 p.m. EST, but Hurricane Matthew could force a change in time, day, or possibly even the venue. Mularkey said earlier in the week the team engaged in preliminary discussions with the league about the possibility of playing Sunday's game in Nashville if the hurricane necessitates a change. Other options are also being considered.

An NFL spokesman said the league is monitoring the situation.

"We are going full speed ahead, Sunday at 1 o'clock,'' Mularkey said, "and if something is adjusted we are logistically prepared to go with it. I know the storm is big, I have been following it all morning."


Safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle), cornerback Cody Riggs (hamstring) and defensive lineman Al Woods (calf) did not practice on Thursday.

Tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jace Amaro remain on the injury report with shoulder injuries, although Mularkey said after practice Conklin is improving and he's expected to play vs. the Dolphins. Conklin was a full participant in practice while Amaro was limited.

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

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