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Thursday's Quick Hits: Cameron Wake's "New Beginning," OC Arthur Smith Set for Debut, and Titans Injuries


NASHVILLE – The Titans returned to the practice field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Thursday and continued preparations for Sunday's season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Here's a look at three quick hits from Thursday:

Wake's "New Beginning"

Outside linebacker Cameron Wake spent his entire career with the Dolphins before joining the Titans earlier this offseason.

On Sunday, he'll play his first regular season game for the Titans.

"This is something I have been doing quite a while, so to put another year under the belt, it is nice," Wake said. "And this year, it is kind of a whole new beginning -- new team, a new direction, an all-new sense of urgency, it should be exciting."

Wake, who spent 10 years in Miami, has 98 career sacks. His sack total puts him in a tie with Broncos linebacker Von Miller for second place among all active NFL players. Entering the 2019 season, the only active player with more sacks than Wake and Miller is Cardinals outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has 132.5 career sacks.

"I sit here, looking around the locker room, we have so much talent, so many guys from different places, and to be able to put that together as one, I'm excited about it," Wake said. "It should be fun."

Arthur Smith's Debut

Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith got some practice in during the preseason.

On Sunday, he'll make his regular season debut as the team's offensive playcaller.

"It's not about me," Smith said. "It's our offense, our players and our staff – they're the ones who are going to go out there and operate. … I am excited to see (how) all of the stuff we put in during the spring, and now, (goes). We are going to keep building and be ready to go."

Smith, promoted earlier this offseason after wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff, plans to coach on Sunday from the sideline. He'd initially planned to coach from the press box.

"It is just feel and being able to talk to the players and the coaches," Smith said. "We have good communication."


Tackle Jack Conklin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.

Guard Kevin Pamphile did not practice on Thursday, and he showed up on the injury report with a knee injury.

Linebacker Reggie Gilbert (knee) also did not practice on Thursday.

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