What to Watch in This Week's Titans Minicamp


NASHVILLE – The Titans kick a three-day minicamp on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at what to watch:

-While contact work is prohibited in all workouts, the intensity should crank up this week as the team closes out the offseason program. The Titans, per NFLPA guidelines, are allowed to conduct practices Tuesday-Thursday, with a day off on Friday. The team is allowed two practices totaling 3 ½ hours on the field per day, with the second practice each day limited to walk through activities only.

-Who will finish strong? Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been solid in his on-field work this offseason as he's worked with some new faces around him. On offense, I've regularly noticed guys like tight end Austin Hooper and receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine in OTAs, and receiver Josh Malone has flashed as well. Dillon Radunz has gotten more comfortable working at right tackle, but he remains a work in progress. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker David Long Jr., and safeties Kevin Byard and Amani Hooker have paced the group. This week provides those players, and others, an opportunity to go out on a high note.

-Familiar faces back? A number of Titans opted to work out on their own during the voluntary portion of the offseason program, including Derrick Henry, Zach Cunningham, Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Nate Davis, Denico Autry, and Jeffery Simmons. This week's attendance is mandatory, so we should see a lot of, if not all, of those players. Integrating them back into the mix will provide a better idea on what the 2022 team will look like.

-Members of the team's rookie class have a chance to close the on-field work with veterans on a high note as well. Receiver Treylon Burks wasn't spotted at last week's open OTA practice. Will he be back on the field this week? Will quarterback Malik Willis continue to settle down, and in? Tight end Chig Okonkwo and cornerback Roger McCreary have been good in OTAs, and running back Hassan Haskins and receiver Kyle Philips have made plays as well. After this week's minicamp, the draft picks and undrafted free agents will remain at the facility for the next two weeks to get finishing work before departing for a break leading up to training camp, which is expected to kick off around July 26 or 27.

-Cornerback Caleb Farley, receiver Robert Woods, cornerback Kristian Fulton and receiver Racey McMath have been decked out in yellow pullover jerseys during 7-on-7 periods and group drills so far in OTAs. Meanwhile, players like offensive lineman Aaron Brewer, cornerback Elijah Molden and linebacker Monty Rice have been either sidelined, or very limited. Will they do more this week? I'm thinking no, because they're due for a six-week stretch to recover further and there's no need to rush them back now. No matter what, it's been a positive offseason for players like Woods and Farley, who have made strides in their recovery from ACL tears a year ago.

-How will the Titans handle the heat? It's been a pretty pleasant in Nashville during OTAs in recent weeks, but things will be different this week. The forecast calls for record highs around 100 throughout the week, with the heat index much higher. Some of the team's newcomers will get their first taste of Tennessee summer heat.

-Will the team use the third day of the minicamp, on Thursday? In past years, Titans coach Mike Vrabel didn't have players on the field in drills for the third day of minicamp, instead using the day in other ways, possibly for extra conditioning work or time in the weight room. We'll have to wait and see what happens this year. Players are getting physicals today, and then we'll kick off minicamp on Tuesday morning. Stay tuned.

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