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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill Joins Teammates in Nashville for Throwing Sessions ... and Paintball


NASHVILLE – Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has taken his show on the road – back to Nashville, that is.

After spending the last four months at his South Florida home in the Fort Lauderdale area, Tannehill returned to town recently and has been joining many of his teammates for throwing sessions.

On Wednesday morning, Tannehill also rented out a paintball facility for some fun and games.

Previously, Tannehill had been throwing and working out exclusively with tight end Jonnu Smith during the coronavirus quarantine, and the months of restricted travel and openings that followed.

"I came back and been having some sessions with the guys," Tannehill said. "I feel like we're getting some really good work in. We've had a great spring on the Zoom calls and got a lot of progress, a lot of great things out of those meetings. It's really been good this week to come back and get a bunch of the guys together and get some work on the field."

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL players currently aren't permitted to work out at club facilities, and that includes the Titans in Nashville.

But in recent months they've gathered in small groups to prepare for the 2020 season.

In April and May, quarterback Logan Woodside, who will compete for the No.2 spot behind Tannehill, threw passes with receiver Corey Davis and tight end Anthony Firkser, and receiver A.J. Brown said last month he'd also worked with Woodside as well. Veteran receiver Adam Humphries has joined the mix some days as well, along with some of the undrafted rookie free agents who've made their way to town.

An even larger group has gathered of late.

Safety Kevin Byard said on Wednesday he continues to work with several of the team's defensive backs, including Malcolm Butler, Tye Smith, Kareem Orr and Kenneth Durden. Linebacker Josh Smith has also been working with the group, and Byard said cornerback Kristian Fulton, the team's second-round pick out of LSU, is expected to join the players as well.

Strength and conditioning coach Jason Spray, who trained Byard while at MTSU, has worked with the defensive players to get them ready.

Tannehill said the paintball game provided a nice break.

"Had a little fun with paintball (Wednesday), changed it up a bit," he said. "I think we had, I don't know how many guys, a ton of guys out there, we played a bunch of different games and had some fun. It was good to see a lot of faces that I haven't seen in a long time, guys on defense that came out and just have some fun together."

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