Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's OTA Practice


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped another day of organized team activities at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Three quick hits out of practice:


Sharpe looking sharp**

Titans rookie receiver Tajae Sharpe was on the receiving end of some high praise from coach Mike Mularkey following Wednesday's practice.

More importantly, he's also getting reps with the first team.

"He is a very good route runner, and he is not intimidated by this level at all,'' Mularkey said of Sharpe. "He is very patient in what he does. He is working in a rotation right now with the 1s so he gets to work with Marcus (Mariota) at times. So I think he has been as steady as any of them.

"He has made the plays. He has been very impressive in the one-on-ones where he is going against No.1 corners...He is playing like he has been in the league for a while."

Sharpe, the team's fifth-round pick out of Massachusetts, has consistently caught the football in practices. Mularkey complimented his poise, and approach.

Sharpe came in ready to do the job. Remember, this is the same guy who brought his own football to the facility the day rookies reported to the team last month.

"Stepping in with the first team, you want to go out there and try and do everything right and show the rest of the guys you can make plays,'' Sharpe said in the locker room after practice. "I am confident in my ability and what I can do. I just want to go out there every day and prove it."


Hunter challenge**

Mularkey met with receiver Justin Hunter this morning before practice, and challenged him.

"I am asking him to step up and be more aggressive about it,'' Mularkey said. "To get up at the line and look at the guy across from him and tell him: 'You can't cover me.' He just needs more confidence in his body language, and everything about him. He has so much talent, he just has to believe he has the talent."

Hunter is headed into his fourth NFL season. His last two seasons have ended with injuries.

"I met with him personally to talk to him. I want him to be successful,'' Mularkey said of Hunter. "I am on his side. What is it going to take to get you to play at the level we want you to play at?"


Reed praise**

Sharpe wasn't the only rookie complimented by Mularkey after practice.

Rookie cornerback Kalan Reed, a seventh-round pick out of Southern Miss, has also made a good early impression, Mularkey said.

"Kalan has stood out to me,'' Mularkey said. "He can run all day. You talk about a guy who is always around the ball. He can run, and he doesn't even look like he is winded. He made a great play out here on DGB (Dorial Green-Beckham). He has great awareness, and made a big-time play."

Star of the day

Kendall Wright: The Titans receiver had a really good day. He made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone on a throw by Alex Tanney in one-on-one drills with DBs, and he made several nice grabs in team drills.

Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 5 of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, AP)

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