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Thursday's Quick Hits: Harold Landry Surging,  Praise for Ben Jones, and a Promising Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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

Harold Landry Surging

When linebacker Harold Landry looks back at his flaws from his rookie season, one of them centered on perfection.

"I think last year, my rookie year, I was too worried about being perfect," Landry said on Thursday. "This year I am playing loose, and just going out there and trying to wreak havoc and make plays and not worry about always being in the right spot. I just want to be disruptive."

Landry leads the Titans with seven sacks this season after recording 4.5 a year ago. Heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Landry has recorded a career-long streak of three consecutive games with at least one sack. Another sack this week would give the Titans their first player with a four-game sack streak since 2016, when outside linebackers Brian Orakpo (five games) and Derrick Morgan (four) each accomplished the feat.

Landry's career is off to a nice start. A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Boston College, Landry's 11.5 career sacks ranks third for the club among players in their first 25 NFL games. The only previous Titans/Oilers players to record more sacks than Landry in their initial 25 NFL outings: Jevon Kearse (17.5) and Anthony Cook (12.0).

Landry said he's added more moves to his pass rush repertoire and considers himself "way more developed in using my hands compared to a year ago." A year ago, he relied primarily on his speed, so his different moves have helped.

Landry has loved making an impact.

"It's definitely lit," Landry said with a smile. "I love making plays and other guys making plays and getting hype about it. That's when it's the most fun, when you have everybody in the defense making plays – we are all just feeding off of one another's energy, so I think it has been awesome."

Some good news? Landry thinks he can be even better down the stretch.

"I feel like there is definitely another level I can take," he said. "I've left some opportunities out there on the field, but that is part of the game and I am just trying to finish the last six games strong and get into the playoffs and take it from there."

Ben Jones Nomination

Titans center Ben Jones is the team's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee, which was announced by the NFL last week.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

On Thursday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel praised the team's veteran center.

"He's one of our tougher players," Vrabel said. "Ben is going to play, has the ability to practice and play through discomfort in a physical game. I'm always proud of what our guys do off the field, as is our entire organization. We have a lot of guys that are committed to making our community and the communities that they've grown up in better, and making a positive impact off the field. So, Ben is obviously very well deserving. He's an important part of our team, but there's so many other guys that do a lot as well, and we're always proud and appreciative of that."

Injury Report

Receiver Corey Davis (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (ankle), linebacker Jayon Brown (groin) and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder) all practiced for the second straight day on Thursday.

Walker was listed as limited, along with cornerback Chris Milton (ankle), who returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session.

The Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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