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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Jaguars in Week 2 in Jacksonville.

Three quick hits from today:

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Big-play Matthews **

Receiver Rishard Matthews has turned into a big-play man for the Titans.

Since the start of the 2016 season, Matthews leads the NFL with eight receptions for first downs when facing a third-and-10 or greater. He has eight catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns, and that includes eight first downs.

One of those catches was a 19-yard catch against the Raiders on Sunday.

"That is a trust factor, and that is somebody being where he is supposed to be," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "(Rishard) has really strong hands. If the ball is around him … it is like glue and he makes some big plays on the deep ball."

Matthews had five catches for 71 yards against the Raiders.

He said chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota is key.

"Marcus does a great job of distributing the ball," Matthews said. "I just try and make a play when the ball is in the air. I guess I have just been fortunate enough to make it on third down."

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Adoree' Jackson's love for Reese's**

Adoree' Jackson has a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to Reese's Peanut Butter cups.

On Thursday, the Titans rookie cornerback got on a roll in the locker room talking about his favorite candy.

He says he eats the full-size Reese's "until I just don't' feel like eating them."

"I hate eating the mini ones because you have to pull so many wrappers," Jackson said. "So I would rather go with the king-size pack of four or the double cups."

Jackson said his freezer is stocked with Reese's.

"I remember as a kid I used to go to the dollar store and it was an eight-pack I used to get, and I'd get six of the eight packs as a kid," Jackson said. "And I would just eat those."

So, how many cavities did Jackson have growing up?

"I have none," he said with a smile. "(I had to brush) a lot. I had no choice, I ate all that candy. My mom made sure I did."

Injuries

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey did not practice again Thursday because of a sore back, and safety Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) and cornerback Tye Smith (hand) also missed practice.

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard was back on the practice field after missing Wednesday with an illness.

Cornerback LeShaun Sims (groin) practiced for the second day in a row.

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

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