Titans Excited About Start of the Offseason Program


NASHVILLE – The Titans, one by one, strolled into Saint Thomas Sports Park on Monday morning for the start of the team's offseason program.

At the beginning, Phase One work will include a lot of strength and conditioning on the practice fields, time in the weight room, and rehab.

But for the Titans and the league's other 31 teams, it's a start.

"It's always good to get back," center Ben Jones said. "(The 2021 season) didn't end like we wanted it to, but it's the time to regroup, rebuild and refocus. That's what the offseason is about – getting the right mindset.

"The offseason is about working on the details and trying to get you game to a higher level."

On Monday, center Ben Jones, linebacker David Long, cornerback Elijah Molden, safety Kevin Byard and tight end Austin Hooper all talked to reporters at Saint Thomas Sports Park after doing some conditioning work on the field.

Phase Two of the offseason program, which will begin next month, can include on-field workouts, and both individual and group drills.

Phase Three will consist of up to 10 days of OTAs, and it can also include one mandatory veteran minicamp.

The offseason program, which is voluntary, means something different to each player.

For Hooper, signed as a free agent this offseason after playing previously with the Falcons and Browns, it's about establishing himself on a new team.

"Everyone was welcoming," Hooper said. "Every locker room is different – it seems like this one the guys are tight. (For me) I just shut my mouth and go to work. I will always be friendly and introduce myself; I am not the type of guy who will stick to himself and be on his own mission. But I definitely won't be the loudest guy in the locker room, that is just not my personality. I am just going to quietly do my work.

"I am just getting to know everybody, it's like being the new kid at school."

Long, who is headed into his fourth NFL season, he wants to establish himself even further as a leader on the defense.

Molden, a third-round pick in last year's NFL Draft, aims to build off what he did in his rookie season.

Byard said the Titans begin the offseason hungry, and wanting more, following a season when the team finished 12-5 while earning the AFC's No.1 seed before losing to the Bengals in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The Titans are scheduled to begin OTAs next month, with their minicamp scheduled for June 14-16.

Training camp will begin in late July.

"Obviously there is unfinished business because we didn't win the Super Bowl," Byard said. "I am glad to be back in the building, and glad to get this thing rolling again."

Tennessee Titans arrive to Saint Thomas Sports Park for the first day of the offseason program.

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