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Wednesday's Quick Hits: Adam Humphries to Face Old Team, Jeffery Simmons Aims to Build on First Game Success, and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here's a look at three quick hits from Wednesday:

Humphries To Face Old Team

Titans receiver Adam Humphries played his first four seasons with the Buccaneers before signing with the Titans in free agency back in March.

On Sunday, he'll face his former team, and many of his former teammates.

"It will be exciting," Humphries said on Wednesday. "It will be cool to see my friends and stuff in pregame and catch up with them and then some familiar faces going up against them on the defensive side of the ball. But I am focused on getting the win, and helping this team the best I can."

Humphries currently leads the Titans in receptions with 25, and he's third on the team with 229 receiving yards.

During the offseason the Buccaneers underwent some big changes, hiring Bruce Arians as head coach and Todd Bowles as the team's defensive coordinator.

When Humphries has watched film of the Buccaneers, he's noticed a difference. But he also knows he'll be going against some familiar faces.

"I think it works both ways – they've gone up against me in practice, and I've gone up against a lot of them," Humphries said. "But there's new faces back there, too, so obviously it's a great challenge. In many ways, it's a different team. Todd Bowles has done a great with their defense this year and I am looking forward to that challenge."

Back at Work

Titans rookie Jeffery Simmons began the practice week leading up to the Chargers contest not knowing for sure he'd even play.

Simmons was just activated on Saturday, and he played well in his NFL debut on Sunday – he was credited with six tackles, two quarterback pressures, a sack and a tackle for a loss.

"I made a couple of plays here and there," Simmons said on Wednesday, "but overall I have a lot of work to do. It was just my first game and I have to get better."

Simmons, the 19th overall pick of the NFL Draft, said he'll approach this week the same as he did last week.

He reiterated on Wednesday he's thankful the Titans didn't pressure him into coming back too soon. Simmons spent the first six weeks of the season on the team's Non-Football Injury list while recovering from the ACL injury he suffered in February.

"Like Coach (Mike) Vrabel told everyone, it was my decision (to play Sunday)," Simmons said. "I felt good, I felt healthy and it was time to go, time to roll. I told him I felt good and ready to play, and he was excited.

"A lot of people were like, "Don't rush this. Don't let anyone rush you." But the whole time I trusted the coaches and trainers and they didn't put any pressure on me to come back. I went to them and said: "I'm ready to go play football again. ... Now I just have to keep it going."


Receiver Corey Davis (illness), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (foot), cornerback Chris Milton (calf) and tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) did not practice today for the Titans.

Linebacker Jayon Brown (groin), defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder), tackle Jack Conklin (quad), guard Nate Davis (rib), linebacker Rashaan Evans (shoulder), linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle) were all limited in today's practice

The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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