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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will open the regular season against the Vikings at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice…


Sharpe ready**

Titans rookie receiver Tajae Sharpe won't get caught up in a big moment on Sunday.

Yes, he'll be playing in his first NFL regular season game. But he's worked his whole life for this, he said.

"I am definitely excited,'' Sharpe said. "I'm sure there will be some pre-game jitters, but I'm more anxious and amped up more than anything. … But I have extreme confidence in myself, and my ability. Whatever my role is on this team I will be ready and happy with it and I'll do it to the best of my abilities, whether it's as a starter or handing out water on the bench."

Sharpe, the team's fifth-round pick out of Massachusetts, is scheduled to start for the Titans opposite Rishard Matthews.

He knows veterans are counting on him.

"And I love it,'' said Sharpe, who caught nine passes for 163 yards in the preseason. "I just love showing guys I am accountable and I can make plays for this team. Even though I am a young guy I feel like I can play at a high level with the rest of the guys in this league. I can't wait to get out there and compete."


No Wright**

Titans receiver Kendall Wright won't play on Sunday against the Vikings, per coach Mike Mularkey.

Mularkey said Wright continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury, and he's not ready.

"I know I'll be out there soon to work with them and grind with them,'' Wright said. "I have really been not talking about (the injury). Right now I am just grinding away and anxious to see my guys play right now. I am really not answering any questions about injuries. I am just leaving that to coach."

Mularkey said Wright "can't go 100 percent."

"He just can't go full burst,'' Mularkey said. "You think he has a chance and then there's a setback. I really have no timeframe on Kendall. I think that's going to be up to Kendall.

"I know he's working in here extremely hard. He wants to play. I know he does. It's got to be killing him, especially opening day, but for some reason that thing is not coming around as it should."

Running back carries?

Mularkey has said since the beginning of the offseason that DeMarco Murray is the team's primary running back, with Derrick Henry giving him a break on game days.

Mularkey reiterated that on Wednesday when asked if he plans to go with the "hot hand" approach.

"It's DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow it will be Derrick,'' Mularkey said. "If I feel like we need a change of pace it will be Derrick, but right now there is no set (number of carries). … They are both going to get opportunities for sure."

Titans players take the field for Wednesday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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