Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up practice on Wednesday at St. Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Browns.

Three quick hits after today's practice

Staying grounded

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said after practice being named Offensive Player of the Week "is an honor for sure."

The NFL made the announcement on Wednesday morning. Mariota threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns – with a perfect passer rating -- in his NFL debut against the Bucs.

"There's a lot of deserving players,'' Mariota said. "It's an honor, but it wouldn't be possible without my teammates."

So, what does Mariota do for an encore against the Browns on Sunday?

"Just try to do my best to execute whatever the coaches ask me to do,'' Mariota said. "It is going to be taking it one play at a time, taking care of the football, and putting our offense in the best situation. I am just going to continue to play my game and focus on what I have to take care of."

Mariota has received a lot of national attention after his fast start. The quarterback also appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, which he called a "surreal" feeling. He's been on the cover six times in all dating back to his playing days at Oregon.

Mariota won't get the big head. His family and friends won't let him, he said.

"My buddies from back home in high school, their first text message was, 'Man, you almost threw a pick on the second drive,'" Mariota said with a smile. "I am very blessed to have those guys to keep me grounded."

On the mend

Tight end Delanie Walker didn't practice on Wednesday because of the hand injury he suffered in Sunday's season opening win against the Buccaneers.

Walker said the injury is a sprain.

"I am doing great, actually. Things are moving smoothly, and I am doing better today than yesterday,'' Walker said.  "So we'll have to see."

The Titans have five tight ends on the roster – Walker, Anthony Fasano, Craig Stevens, Phillip Supernaw and Chase Coffman. But that's hardly an excuse to take it easy, said Walker, who missed time in the preseason when he suffered a thumb injury on his other hand.

"I got to rest a lot in the preseason, so I want to play,'' Walker said. "But I have to be smart. I don't want to go out there and have a setback and be out for three weeks."

Injury update

In addition to Walker, running back Antonio Andrews (hamstring), defensive lineman Sammie Hill (knee), cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) and cornerback Cody Riggs (knee) didn't practice.


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