NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans just wrapped up the third day of a three-day minicamp on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park:
Three quick hits out of today's session:
The Titans didn't actually practice today.
Instead, players ran a relay race to cap off the offseason. The relay team of Taylor Lewan, DaQuan Jones, Angelo Blackson and Chance Warmack ran around the field – passing a baton -- in roughly 45 seconds.
"It was better than I anticipated,'' said Mike Mularkey, who gave the group a minute to finish.
The race was a surprise to the players. Mularkey said the players earned the day off with the fast time, and he wanted to see one more competition before he sent them off. The Titans won't practice again until the end of July at the start of training camp.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk addressed the team and was the "trigger" to get the relay going, Mularkey said.
"It was really the team getting off (of practice) vs practicing today,'' Mularkey said. "I know how fast they can run now, when it is important to them."
Perrish Cox and Brice McCain both practiced with the first group at cornerback this offseason opposite Jason McCourty, and Mularkey said they'll battle it out for a starting spot in camp.
"We are working them both with the ones and giving them an opportunity to compete against each other,'' Mularkey said.
Cox started 13 games for the Titans last season after signing with team last offseason. McCain, who played last year with the Dolphins, was the first veteran signed by the team this offseason.
Cox said he's ready for the battle. Both players have experience working in the slot and working outside.
"Whoever they want in there, that is their choice,'' Cox said. "But as far as competing-wise, I think that's a good thing for us to compete. It will make both of work, if not all of us. I am going to do whatever I can to help the team.'
Stay in shape, and out of trouble**
Players cleaned out their lockers and packed their bags on Thursday, but not before Mularkey addressed them on two topics:
• Stay in shape.
• Stay out of trouble.
"They know we're at a point where we don't want to come in here in July and have to start from scratch again,'' Mularkey said. "We're on an upward curve right now, and we want to keep it that way. They know what they have to do the next five weeks."
Mularkey said he'd be "shocked" if he got a 2 a.m. phone call about one of his players being in trouble.
"As much as we talk about choices, decisions and consequences,'' Mularkey said. "We led the team meeting this morning on the top 10 really poor-choice decisions guys (have made). Kind of the stupid videos where you can't believe someone would do something like this. It was funny, but it also sent a message "don't be that guy." We have a good thing going and that has been repeated."
Titans players finish the offseason with a relay race at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)