NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just wrapped up their third day of organized team activities on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie addressed the media after practice.
Three quick hits from the session:
On Marcus Mariota**
Quarterback Marcus Mariota has taken part in the first three OTAs, and has looked good.
Robiskie said the Titans will continue to get Mariota more involved as he works his way back from the fractured fibula he suffered at the end of last season. Mariota has been working in individual drills and 7-on-7, but he's not taking part in team drills.
"Marcus is going good, and he is doing a lot of good things," Robiskie said. "It is just great that we came out on Day One and when we started, he started, and that was just tremendous. I couldn't say we knew that (would happen) when the season was over. And it has been fantastic for us. We are happy with where he is today. We're happy with where we are and where he is."
Robiskie said Titans coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson have a plan for Mariota leading up to training camp. Robiskie said his communication and connection with the receivers has been good.
"We have a lot of football between now and training camp," Robiskie said. "And Marcus is going to be ready. … We have all sat down I think it is a tremendous plan and I think it is going to be good."
And Robiskie said it's been evident from the start.
"That's a big, big, big plus," Robiskie said. "That plus there is about as big as Marcus being back the first day. You have a group of guys … that pretty much finished (the year) and then came back and got started together. We don't have to go all the way back and start from scratch or start from Day 1. We have one or two new guys to plug in, but all of those guys are familiar together and it's the same group."
Pro Football Focus ranked Tennessee's offensive line No.1 in 2016. The team added interior lineman Tim Lelito in free agency, and drafted Corey Levin and Brad Seaton.
"From the first day, the first time we broke the huddle," Robiskie said, "we didn't have to scream 'Hustle, Finish, Run!" It was just automatic. They knew it."
I asked Robiskie about his top priorities for the offseason, or ways he'd like to see improvement.
Robiskie said he wants to cut down on penalties, and turnovers.
"But for me, the big thing was, I believe we need more consistency, and more dominant, from a mental standpoint in the passing game," he said. "For me, we are at that point where we are who we are. We are a physical football team, we believe in being physical, we are going to play physical. Theory-wise, we don't care who we are going to play against, when we make up our mind we are going to run the football and run this play, we are going to run the football and we are going to run that play. That is our mindset.
"We need to get that mindset in the passing game. If we make up our mind, when we call (a certain play) I am going to win, somebody in the four or five guys is going to win. And we have to get that mindset and I am not sure we are at that point. We have to get that mindset that, 'I don't care what the coverage is, one of us is going to win and we are going to throw it and catch it. We have to get that dominating mindset."
Robiskie said he doesn't want to hear excuses, about where the ball is thrown or what defenders are doing in coverage.
"Go get open, we are going to throw it to you," he said. "Just catch it."
Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 2 of the 2017 OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Al Wagner, AP)