Titans camp update, fight, and wildcat
The Tennessee Titans followed last night’s practice up with a practice early this morning. Erik Walden appears to be the only injured player from the night before that practiced in the morning. Tajae Sharpe, Corey Davis, and Karl Klug missed both practices.
A scrum or fight broke out at the Titans practice late this morning. Taylor Lewan got into it with Sylvester Williams. At some point, Quinton Spain body slammed Avery Williamson. (Jason Wolf has tweeted that George Walker will post pics of this) Jim Wyatt tweeted that Titans General Manager Jon Robinson didn’t like it and dove into the pile.
Pretty good scrap this morning in @Titans practice. GM Jon Robinson didn’t like it. He pretty much dove in pile of players to break it up.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 9, 2017
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During the post-practice presser, coach Mike Mularkey was asked questions in a ‘we know you didn’t like the fight but’ manner, so we didn’t get to hear his thoughts and reaction. Mularkey did say that he liked the team’s response after the fight. Mularkey stated that the substitutions were not clean and some people got upset about that.
DeMarco Murray has been working on the sidelines and doing some individual work. Jim Wyatt reported that he would not play in the Titans first preseason game. Cameron Wolfe of ESPN, pointed out last Tuesday, that Murray appeared to be taking it easy. That lends to Murray only having one day of “full tilt” effort since the pads went on. Wyatt also reported that Murray is not expected to play much this season “because they know what he can do.”
Mularkey was asked about former Titans Craig Stevens and Anthony Fasano. He said, “Craig’s unique. Anthony (whew facial gesture) he’s a good blocker, but I wouldn’t put him in the same class as Craig Stevens.” Both were PFF’s top rated blocking tight ends and replacing them has been a focus for the Titans this offseason.
Coach Mularkey stated that Marcus Mariota (and presumably the first string offense) will play a set number of plays during the week one preseason game against the Jets.
Mularkey was asked about fights in general and replied, “When the whistle blows, you can do some things you can’t do on the street” then carried on to say they have to clean it up.
As per many on twitter, Tre McBride had an excellent practice today and continues to push the starters. Before you ask…the Titans sixth wide receiver could very well be a return man and gunner. Both Eric Weems and Tre McBride play those roles. As of now, it seems McBride is a better receiver, but Weems is better on special teams. IF Adoree Jackson is the Titans return man, then I believe the Titans will keep McBride over Weems. Backup return guys usually have another job and McBride is better at that. If Weems can hold onto the return man job, then obviously he will stick. I would also add that this would nudge Harry Douglas off the roster. They won’t keep seven receivers.
The Titans unveiled a new offensive look with Derrick Henry playing quarterback and Marcus Mariota lined out wide. The pass Henry threw deep to Mariota was incomplete.