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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 Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


Trick plays**

Running back DeMarco Murray threw a touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Earlier this season, left tackle Taylor Lewan caught a touchdown pass himself.

The Titans have proven they're not afraid to talk about – and call -- trick plays.

"If you go in and talk with the head coach,'' offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said of Mike Mularkey, "he has a playbook of what we call gadgets and different trick plays. He has a playbook of it, he has a CD of it, and he has a disc of it. … He has 120 of them. That is all the years he's been doing it."

Robiskie said Mularkey, a former offensive coordinator with the Steelers and Falcons, has given other coaches on the staff freedom to put them to use on Sundays.

Mularkey smiled when asked about the bag of tricks.

But he clarified Robiskie's number on the gadget plays. Turns out he has a lot more than that in his arsenal.

"That's one year – that was 2001,'' Mularkey, who was with the Steelers that year, said. "I probably used 140 (that year), and probably used 100-plus in 2002 as well. The personnel was different, as far how you could scheme with the people you had. So there was a lot of those plays."

Mularkey said the Titans have a lot of trick/gadget plays in the game plan every week, "and we try and get them called if we can."

"It is all based on situation," Mularkey said.


1,000 yards?**

Murray has 930 yards through 10 games, so he's just 70 away from the 1,000-yard mark.

Murray returned to practice on Thursday, and said his toe feels better than it did last week. He was a full participant in practice after sitting out Wednesday.

"It is gradually getting better,'' Murray said of the toe. "Obviously I have to be smart with it."

Murray was asked about the significance of reaching 1,000 yards, something he did twice with the Dallas Cowboys (1,121 in 2013, and 1,845 in 2014).

"Obviously it is hard to run the ball in this league, and it is hard to get 1,000 yards,'' Murray said. "The offensive line, those guys have been doing a great job throughout the course of the year and we just have to continue to take it one game at a time and get better in the run game and stack up some more wins."

Not many drops

According to STATS LLC, the Titans have a total of five drops this season on 210 catchable passes (319 total pass attempts).

Their 2.4 percent drop rate on catchable balls ranks third in the NFL, trailing only the Washington Redskins (1.2 percent) and the Dallas Cowboys (2.1 percent).

Mularkey said he's proud of the way the receivers have responded this season.

"I give these guys credit,'' Mularkey said. "I've probably been harder on this unit than anybody on our team, and they're responding. They know what we want. They're working at it. They're coming here on their days off working their trait. We've got a mix of guys—a rookie that's playing in his 11th game, Rishard (Matthews) has come about. I give them credit. They have rebounded and helped us with our offense."

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

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