NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Titans kicked off organized team activities today at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Three quick hits out of practice:
The Titans got some bad luck on the injury front on Day One of the organized team activities.
Byron Bell, who started all 16 games last season on the offensive line, suffered a dislocated left ankle in the latter portion of practice and was carted off.
Coach Mike Mularkey said Bell is expected to miss the entire 2016 season.
"That's disappointing," Mularkey said. "(Byron's) really had a good offseason, and has worked hard. That's the first thing he said, 'I've worked so hard to end like this.' It's unfortunate for him that it happened, and unfortunate for us. He's good football player, and we're going to miss him."
Players took a knee as Bell was carted off.
"I didn't expect something like that to happen on the first day,'' guard Chance Warmack said. "To see Byron go down like that. … Byron has come in here and contributed and he's just a good guy. I'm sorry this happened."
DGB looks good
Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham missed a good chunk of the early offseason work with a hamstring injury, but he was on the field on Tuesday, and looked good.
"The dude is a stud,'' quarterback Marcus Mariota said of Green-Beckham. "Physically, he is very gifted. He made a couple of plays today that's going to be needed. So hopefully we can find ways to get him the football and let him do his thing."
Green-Beckham made several nice catches on Tuesday, going up high to catch the ball on one play in particular. Mularkey said Green-Beckham is making progress.
"I'm seeing bits and pieces with DGB,'' Mularkey said. "He has been injured the majority of the offseason, and he is just now getting back to running full-speed routes. So there's flashes, but obviously it needs to be more consistent. But a lot of that is just from lack of time of being able to run the offensive plays like the rest of these guys have."
DeMarco Murray busted through a hole in a hurry, and headed into the open field.
Later, Derrick Henry made a spin move in the middle of the field, and exploded into the secondary.
The team's top two running backs looked good on the first day of OTAs.
"I certainly liked some of the cuts that I saw today,'' Mularkey said of Murray. "Even without pads on, those were cuts where he wasn't going to get touched on. They would have been explosive runs."
Titans veterans and rookies join together for the first day of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Donn Jones Photography)