NASHVILLE – After a long offseason, training camp for the Titans is drawing near.
In fact, some players are scheduled to report to Saint Thomas Sports Park for the first time as early as this Thursday.
Training camp will look much different this year, however, especially at the start.
And, unfortunately, practices at Saint Thomas Sports Park won't be open to fans, as the NFL has mandated.
The team is exploring ways to virtually engage with fans during training camp practices to replace the in-person contact that normally occurs. (Details to come).
Quarterbacks, rookies and players coming off injuries can begin reporting to the facility on Thursday, and the team's remaining veterans will report next Tuesday – a week from today.
At the onset of camp, players will be reporting for the purpose of getting tested for COVID-19, and they won't be allowed in the building until they pass the testing protocols provided by the National Football League. It's a process that could take a number of days.
The first on-field practice dates have not officially been set and will be determined at a later date. It's expected players will need to go through a period of conditioning sessions before on-field drills begin.
The Titans conducted their offseason program virtually this offseason, as offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamps weren't permitted because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Teammates instead gathered on football fields and training facilities in Nashville, Murfreesboro and in other cities for throwing sessions, and workout sessions.
The Titans, coming off an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, are scheduled to kick off the regular season on Monday night, September 14, at the Denver Broncos.