At the Titans wrapped up their second straight evening of practices on Saturday – this one at Nissan Stadium – one player who has been turning some heads of late is rookie Adoree’ Jackson.
While Jackson is still in a fight to see what his role will be in the secondary, he is garnering plenty of attention as a punt and kickoff returner of late.
Jackson showed his ability to hit the hole with a 40-plus yard kickoff return Friday night at Centennial High School and showed even more speed an maneuverability Saturday at Nissan Stadium with good returns on both punts and kickoffs again.
“He’s a pretty exciting player. He showed his speed and showed what he is capable of doing. He’ll be a threat, just as he was in college,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of the first-round pick.
Jackson, who appears to have the inside track to become the Titans’ primary punt returner, may be making a case that he needs to have both jobs.
“I feel like I did all right. There’s always room to improve, always room to get better. I try to take that into account and try to improve yourself,” Jackson said after Saturday night’s practice. “Just making (the most of) opportunities is important in my opinion. I’m not trying to look back. I don’t want to make mistakes. I just want to be comfortable in what I’m able to do.”
As for the gamble of relying on a rookie in such an important spot as the return man, Mularkey said he has no qualms whatsoever with trusting Jackson in that role.
“We’ll find out a lot about these guys in practice and the preseason games and the scrimmage. I don’t think it’s risky. He’s been doing this for a long time. It’s not his first rodeo. I’m not worried about him,” Mularkey said.
Penalty for Lewan
Taylor Lewan drew a 15-yard penalty in the Saturday night scrimmage after what Mularkey termed his driving of linebacker Nate Palmer about 20 yards or so down the field.
“It’s a good example of what we don’t want, and I’ve already talked to him about it. But I’d rather it happen on Saturday night in a scrimmage than on Sunday afternoon,” Mularkey said. “I don’t think that’ll happen again.
“He’s a physical player. He drove Nate Palmer about 25 yards down the field and they got to squawking, and he got penalized for it. It’ won’t happen again.”
The penalty moved the Titans from the 2 back to the 17, but on the very next play, Marcus Mariota hit Delanie Walker with a TD pass.
Speaking of Mariota, he scrambled into the end zone from about 3 yards out in red zone drills, prompting Mularkey to say that he was so excited that he actually skipped ahead on the next scheduled play call.
Ochi’s season over
Victor Ochi, a free agent linebacker from Stony Brook who is in camp with the Titans, suffered a torn ACL Friday night in the practice at Centennial High School.