Titans Training Camp: Day 6 Quick Hits and Observations


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up another training camp practice on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what stood out …

Second-year receiver Tre McBride said earlier this offseason he planned to focus on himself in training camp, and not worry about outside distractions or job security.

The approach seems to be working.

McBride had another impressive practice on Friday. McBride was slowed early after getting cleated, but he responded in a big way. McBride made several nice catches on the day, including one for a touchdown from quarterback Matt Cassel.

"My mindset is to try and do everything right, and to try and make plays,'' McBride said. "You always strive to have a perfect practice, or a perfect camp, but the mistakes are going to happen. You just have to learn from your mistakes and go from there. I am going hard and trying to get better every practice."

Coach Mike Mularkey said he's been impressed by McBride. Veteran receiver Rishard Matthews called McBride a "savage" after practice.

"Tre is having a good camp,'' Mularkey said. "He is standing out, he is making plays, and he is doing some things in one-on-ones. He is making plays on deep balls. He'll block, and you have to block if you are going to play wide receiver here.

"His special teams role will be a significant advantage over some of those other guys who don't (special teams). But he is having a good camp overall as a receiver."

Other highlights:

Quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with tight end Delanie Walker and then Matthews during a 2-minute drill. He capped it off with a touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tajae Sharpe, who continues to make plays.

Running back David Cobb was physical from the get-go. His reps have been limited, but he showed up on Friday. He scored on a short run at the end of practice.

Mariota connected with tight end Craig Stevens during a red zone period. Later in the period, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson made a nice breakup. Mularkey complimented Wreh-Wilson after practice.

Things really got physical in the latter portion of practice, especially in the trenches.  Fullback Jalston Fowler scored on a pass in the flat but plenty of runs got stuffed early.

Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan beat rookie tackle Jack Conklin on a nifty inside move in one-on-one drills.

Rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims continues to make plays as well. He jumped a route and nearly intercepted a pass. Sims, a fifth-round pick from Southern Utah, nearly had a pick on Thursday as well.

Former University of Tennessee tight end Alex Ellis had two nice catches in a 7-on-7 drill, including a diving catch in the middle of the field.

Linebacker Avery Williamson nearly had an interception himself at the end of practice.

Henry responds

One day after Mularkey said running back Derrick Henry needed to rid himself of slow starts in practices, Henry responded.

Henry showed life early in an up-tempo period at the start of Friday's session. He made a really nice run inside, and then bounced to the outside for another nice run.

"He started a little faster today – actually in the tempo period he hit it," Mularkey said. "I talked to him after practice yesterday. Again, I want to make sure I'm not putting guys in position if they're not ready to go.

"He said, `I just didn't understand it well enough. I do now.' I don't think that will be an issue anymore."


Receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring), center Andy Gallik (knee), linebacker Aaron Wallace (ankle), and linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot) all missed practice on Friday, and aren't expected to take part on Saturday's practicee at Nissan Stadium.

Cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring) was on the field in uniform, but did not practice. He's expected to return next week.

Titans tidbits

Former University of Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio "Tiny" Richardson watched practice on Friday. Several Titans spotted him and said hello.

Titans rookie Kevin Byard was outfitted in No.19 on Friday, but it's not a permanent move. Byard is expected to be back in No.20 soon, possibly as early as tomorrow.

NFL Network was on hand today for a training camp report.


The Titans are scheduled to practice at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Nissan Stadium. The practice is open to the public

Titans players take the field for Day 6 of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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