NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up the first day of a three-day minicamp on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park:
Three quick hits out of practice:
More Sharpe praise**
Titans coach Mike Mularkey continues to praise rookie receiver Tajae Sharpe, but the rookie is clearly earning it.
Sharpe, a fifth-round pick by the Titans out of Massachusetts, worked with the starters again on Tuesday. He began getting work with the first team in organized team activities.
"He's been the most consistent (receiver),'' Mularkey said of Sharpe, "and we're letting guys who have been the most consistent get more reps."
At one point during practice, Sharpe received a congratulatory hand slap from general manager Jon Robinson after making a play in practice.
"That makes you feel great,'' Sharpe said in the locker room after practice. "To have a GM who is out there every single day, and who ... is actually interacting with the players, it makes the game more fun. To have the GM out there congratulating you on plays you did well, it makes the organization great." Sharpe said he plans to continue to work hard to earn more opportunities.
"I don't take anything for granted,'' Sharpe said. "I am blessed to be getting this opportunity. I just want to continue to improve on my craft every single day and prove I can play with the best in this league."
The Titans worked with a first team offensive line on Tuesday that featured Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin at tackles, Quinton Spain and Chance Warmack at the guard positions and Ben Jones in the middle at center.
Spain has consistently worked with the ones at left guard in OTAs, and Mularkey said on Tuesday he's a front-runner at the position, for now.
"It's early, and there's no pads,'' Mularkey said. "But right now, he hasn't done anything to lose it."
As for Conklin, the team's first-round pick, Mularkey said he's benefitted from the extra reps at right tackle following the injury to Byron Bell earlier in organized team activities.
"Jack has quietly done his job,'' Mularkey said. "You haven't heard a lot from Jack, but he does what we ask him to do. And any time you get reps it is going to be a bonus for you. He twisted his ankle last week and he played through it. He is exactly what we were hoping for to fill that spot if we had to."
On two different occasions on Tuesday, every player on offense dropped to the ground and did push-ups.
Every player but one, that is. Mularkey was really irritated with all the pre-snap penalties in earlier organized team activities, so it became a meeting topic on Tuesday morning.
"What we are going to do at this minicamp, at least we're going to try it, is whoever does one of those pre-snap penalties, the rest of that unit is going to do a push-up, and the culprit is not,'' Mularkey said. "I want him to watch how many people are affected by a penalty."
The Titans showed improvement in their last five OTAs compared to the first five, but Mularkey said the team still made way too many mistakes in May and early June. He said the team had 115 penalties in the OTAs.
"And we had (only) two (penalties) today,'' Mularkey said. "Whether (the new push-up rule) was a direct influence on the outcome, I know standing there if I was looking at everyone else doing them it would certainly send a message to me."
Lewan said it's gotten the attention of the players.
"I like it," he said. "It really shows guys accountability when you have the whole side of the ball … punished but you (because of your mistake) it makes you get pointed out. Personally I think it's a good thing. When you are standing there and looking like an (expletive) and everyone else is doing push-ups, you are going to think twice before you jump off the ball."
Titans veterans and rookies take the field for the first day of minicamp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)