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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's OTA Practice



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans just wrapped up their fifth day of organized team activities on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at three quick hits after practice…


Cassel out six weeks**

Titans back-up quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a right thumb injury in Tuesday's OTA and will miss the remainder of the offseason.

Coach Mike Mularkey delivered the news after Wednesday's session.

"Matt injured his throwing thumb, so he will need to have a pin put in it," Mularkey said. "He will probably be out about six weeks and he should be ready to go for training camp."

Cassel played in four games last season, with one start.

With starter Marcus Mariota limited, Cassel worked with the first team during the first four OTAs.

Mularkey said the team has no plans to add an additional quarterback. Alex Tanney will get more reps with Mariota limited and Cassel sidelined, and the Titans also have quarterback Tyler Ferguson, an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky.

"(Alex and Tyler) are getting some experience,'' Mularkey said. "They are getting a lot of time."


Praise for Jonnu**

The Titans drafted tight end Jonnu Smith in the third round of the NFL Draft, and he stood out during Wednesday's practice.

Mularkey, in fact, called it his best day.

"Some of the routes he ran today,'' Mularkey said of Smith. "He is smart. … We have a lot of offense in and I know (he's studying)."

Smith, drafted 100th overall out of Florida International, said he feels like he's making progress.

"I am definitely a lot more comfortable,'' Smith said. "With time and repetition, I just continue to crack away at this playbook little bit little. I still have so much to learn, but I am in here, I am learning it, and I am more comfortable with some of the terminology and the way coaches want things done."

Preds talk

Mularkey and Predators head coach Peter Laviolette have developed a friendship in the past year.

Mularkey has already wished him luck in tonight's second game of the Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh.

"I texted him last night and he texted me this morning about 7 a.m. here, so I knew he was up early,'' Mularkey said. "I always wish him luck."

Mularkey said he plans to watch tonight's game at his condo. The Predators rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the Penguins on Monday, but eventually lost, 5-3.

"I'll be watching it like (Monday night)," Mularkey said. "(I was) disappointed with the result (Monday), but excited about the way they came back."

Titans players take the field for Day 5 of the team's 2017 OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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