Titans Training Camp: Day 13 Quick Hits and Observations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans just wrapped up practice on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what stood out …

• Rookie safety Kevin Byard continues to make plays for the Titans. Byard picked off quarterback Matt Cassel twice on Tuesday. Coach Mike Mularkey said afterward Byard has a nose for the football. Byard had an interception in the preseason opener on Saturday night.

• Quarterback Marcus Mariota sprinted into the open field on one run near the end of practice, used a stutter step, and headed toward the end zone.

• Linebacker Sean Spence had a nice break-up on a pass intended for tight end Delanie Walker.

• The Titans held a competitive one-on-one drill between the receivers and cornerbacks, and the receivers ending up winning by a 3-to-2 margin. Justin Hunter's catch while working against cornerback Cody Riggs was the difference. Prior to that, Hunter made a catch working against B.W. Webb and Andre Johnson caught a pass with Antwon Blake defending. Brice McCain (vs. Harry Douglas) and LeShaun Sims (vs. Tajae Sharpe), kept receivers from making catches.

• Blake had a nice break-up on a ball intended for Johnson early in practice.

• Receiver Tajae Sharpe made a beautiful sideline catch on a ball throw by Mariota.

• Receiver Rishard Matthews appears to be getting more comfortable each day. He also made a nice catch on the sideline in one drill.


Kona Ice treat**

The Titans got a special treat following Tuesday's practice, courtesy of linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Orakpo and his wife rented a Kona Ice truck, and it pulled up on the pavement at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Players flocked to the truck after practice.

"We've been practicing in this heat every day, and I thought it would be a great idea for the team, to get a nice treat after practice,'' Orakpo said. "Guys saw that thing from a mile away. We've been grinding since Day One and the least I can do is give them a nice treat."

Orakpo had a combination of 10 flavors in his cup. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard had multiple cups stacked up by his locker.

Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said it was a nice gesture.

"I did a watermelon, lemon-lime, a little orange and an island punch,'' Wreh-Wilson said with a smile. "It was a nice treat."


Receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring), cornerback Perrish Cox (ankle), linebacker Aaron Wallace (ankle), and linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot) did not practice on Tuesday.

Mularkey said Dodd, who remains on PUP, had a good workout and said he expects him to play in the team's third preseason game vs the Raiders.

Titans tidbits

United Way representatives were on hand to announce defensive lineman Jurrell Casey taking over as the team's rep. Cornerback Jason McCourty served in that role the previous three years.

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk was in town and watched practice on Tuesday.

Titans players take the field for Day 13 of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Gary Glenn)

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