Second Titans presser
Here is a look at the day two presser. Today was just a walk-through. Monday will be the first day in pads. Fans were present today and there is a plethora of pics on social media.
The Titans have agreed to terms with the fifth pick in the NFL draft. Corey Davis should be available to practice straight away. Mularkey stated that he didn’t miss much and should rejoin the team just fine.
Tajae Sharpe was placed onto the physically unable to perform list. Theoretically, this hurts his chances of making the team. In reality, I would lean against it or call that an unlikely possibility. NFL teams covet second-year players that started as rookies. I would strongly suggest penciling him in for a roster spot regardless.
Leshaun Sims started over Adoree Jackson today. He is the veteran (2nd year) so that is expected. Mularkey used his “patented” phrase when he stated that consistency was the key to Adoree’s development.
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Eric Decker played all three spots today. Coach Mularkey complimented him for studying and being able to jump right in. Decker and Marcus Mariota seemed in sync today. Mularkey credited Mariota for getting everyone together to workout during the rest period between OTAs and training camp.
Karl Klug’s awesome demeanor would have him playing and doing all that he can. Last season, he probably should have sat when he had just tweaked his achilles. He continued to play and wound up with a serious injury. Mularkey praised Klug but also pointed out that he asked Klug to trust him. The team is going to ease Klug back into things and be careful with the “big fella.”
When asked of all of the new faces and any adjustments Mariota or the receivers had to make, Mariota replied: “For me it’s just playing ball.” (For all of us) “You don’t want to get outside of playing like yourself.”
Jayon Brown and Taywan Taylor continue to be mentioned during pressers but there is this “let’s see when the pads come on” air about it now. Mularkey did say that he doesn’t expect it to be an issue.
DaNorris Searcy started over Johnathan Cyprien but that was expected too. Searcy clearly knows the defense better due to all of his experience with the team.
Twitter Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry looked better than DeMarco Murray in some drills. There were videos shared and several stated as such. Yes, my opinion is also that he did. This amount to a penny in a wishing well. It’s something, but oh so super minimal. I also was not there to know if Murray was possibly winded from a prior drill while Henry was fresh. There could certainly be other reasons. Most importantly, Coach Mularkey is not determining a starter based upon receiving drills and footwork drills. It will be based upon what each do on the field. The best news here is that Henry looked fancy with his footwork. “Dancing bear” was a fun comment. That big beast of a runningback appears to be in terrific shape and he is awfully spry for a big man. Let this play out, please.
A couple moves from yesterday
My apologies for not including these. Johnny Ragin III was released. There was no explanation given. I had expected him to be a “steal” and…welp, I’m wrong here. Former Utah State guard and tackle, Jake Simonich, was added to the roster. He spent time with the Texans.
John Green was yet another “steal” many of us had the Titans landing as an undrafted free agent. The wow fast cornerback from Connecticut was injured and placed on injured reserve. Yesterday, he was released from injured reserve. I was wrong again on this one.
If they’re healthy, I would expect both undrafted free agents to sign elsewhere. It’s a bit curious when considering other Titans teams. When you think of the quality depth of this Titans team, it’s different. This team can afford to cut good young talent and demand certain attitudes and attendance. Again, I don’t know what the issues were, but something made the Titans decide to move on.