Titans Training Camp: Day 2 Quick Hits and Observations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up their second training camp practice on Sunday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what stood out…

The highlights

Quarterback Marcus Mariota made some nice throws during Sunday's session, but he also generated plenty of buzz when he took off and ran with the football on two separate occasions.

Both plays were designed runs, and on one he flashed a hesitation move that got the crowd worked up.

Running back Derrick Henry drew loud applause when he busted up the middle and ran into the open field early in practice. It was part of an impressive day for Henry, although there was a handoff exchange problem later in practice with Mariota.

Veteran running back DeMarco Murray also had his moments. He made a nice cut to spring himself open early, and made several nice catches out of the backfield. Murray has regularly made defenders miss during the first two practices of training camp.

Several receivers stood out, including Kendall Wright for the second straight day. He caught a laser from Mariota during practice, and headed to the end zone.

Veteran Harry Douglas got behind rookie cornerback Kalan Reed for a touchdown from Matt Cassel, and Justin Hunter and Tre McBride had solid days. Andre Johnson caught the ball well for the second straight day.

Dorial Green-Beckham wasn't as consistent as he was on Day One – he had a pair of drops.

On defense, rookie Kevin Byard nearly had an interception.

Nice catch, Bass

Linebacker David Bass made the defensive play of the day.

Bass, who joined the team at the start of last season and had 43 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the year, created a turnover when he caught an Alex Ellis fumble out of the air and raced to the end zone.

Mularkey gave Bass props.

"David Bass made a great play out here today with the breakup, the interception, probably for a score,'' Mularkey said. "His level of play has gone up, so now you're talking about we've got two bookends with Derrick (Morgan) being back—and he looks really good.

"You've got (Kevin) Dodd, who I'm hoping is going to be back in the next couple days, and David Bass. So we've got some depth at that position, which we didn't feel like we had last year."

Owner addressed team

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk addressed the team at the start of Sunday's practice.

"She is excited about what is going on around here,'' Mularkey said. "Players told her they were appreciative of the (renovations at the) facility, and thanked her. She wants to win like the rest of us.

"I think it's great for the team to know that she is going to be around. She wants to be around, and wants to be involved."

Titans tidbits

• An estimated crowd of 2,450 turned out for practice.

• The Titans will practice in pads for the first time on Monday morning.

• Titans cornerback Brice McCain was hobbled with an ankle injury late, but appeared to be OK.

Titans players take the field for Day 2 of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Donn Jones Photography.com)

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