First-round draft pick Corey Davis met Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota for the first time at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Friday.
But it may be a little while before they are both going full speed in practice as both are coming off lower leg surgeries. Davis had ankle surgery following his final year at Western Michigan, and Mariota is still in recovery from his broken right fibula.
Davis, the fifth overall selection in last month’s draft, is projected to eventually become the Titans’ No. 1 receiver, so getting to know his quarterback is paramount. Davis, who he said he was a big fan of Mariota’s, even before the Titans’ drafted him, talked a bit about their initial conversation on Friday.
“We talked about his road to recovery and his ankle and how that’s doing a lot better. We talked about the future and how we’re both excited,” Davis said. “I’m still a big fan. That hasn’t changed. He’s a great guy, very humble, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Right now, the Titans are taking things easy with both Davis and Mariota, easing them into the off-season work as they recover. Titans rookies are eligible to join the team’s veterans next week in off-season work.
“I can still participate in everything. We’re just taking it slow,” Davis said. “I still catch on the JUGS (machine) and I’m still getting extra time in the film room. Everything is still there; I’m just not doing it full speed. I can go right now. They’re just taking it slow.”
As for Mariota, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he is still doing well, but has not yet done full speed running – and adds that there is no rush to do so.
“He’s jogging right now. It’s still early. It’s mid-May, so there’s no rush to do it,” Mularkey said of Mariota running full speed.
The coach also may adjust the Titans’ OTAs to include more 7-on-7 work, so that Mariota can throw and get the timing down with his receivers – including Davis when the time comes – without subjecting himself to any possible re-injury to his surgicially repaired leg.
“We’re going to do some things that he’s gonna be able to practice and do some things that aren’t going to subject him to (any danger). We may do more 7-on-7s than we’ve ever done,” Mularkey said.
So when will Davis and Mariota be able to do more than just exchange pleasantries.
“It’ll happen. We’ll have time for that. I think that’ll happen, based on the way I’m going to structure practice,” Mularkey said.
Injury in rookie camp
Undrafted running back Brandon Burks suffered a left knee injury in Friday’s rookie camp. Burks, who played college football at Troy, was one of 27 players in camp on a tryout basis.