As expected, Coach Mike Mularkey made Thursday’s final day of mini-camp for the Tennessee Titans a short one.
The Titans had a punt pass and kick competition between players and coaches, one that the players won, to allow them to scuttled practice and forcing the coaches to report in for duty on Friday.
The players won, thanks to Dennis Kelly’s 27-yard field goal out of the snap from Phillip Supernaw and the hold of Kalan Reed. Kelly’s kick caused the players to erupt in celebration as practice came to an abrupt end, just before storms and heavy rains settled over Saint Thomas Sports Park.
“It was a short practice, a little competition to see who was going to practice or not practice or who had the day off tomorrow,” Mularkey explained. “Coaches will be in, and players will be off.”
Mularkey threw a curveball to the participants, having them switch events to something they had not been practicing.
“I switched it up on them this morning. The punter had to pass, the passer had to kick,” Mularkey said.
Kelly connected as a straight on kicker on the field goal that clinched practice ending early.
“I kicked a little bit in high school. I toe bashed it, and then we got a soccer player and it was a lot better,” he said of his high school days.
Should Titans kicker Ryan Succop be worried?
“I wouldn’t say worried, but it’s there. It’s on film. You know, the more you can do,” Kelly joked.
Another part of the exercise featured a punt by tight end Jace Amaro that traveled approximately 70 yards, thanks to a good roll after the punt hit near mid-field.
“I played soccer in high school. I’ve always had a knack for kicking the ball. I was actually supposed to kick off, but Coach Mularkey switched it up on everybody. I got it pretty good and then it had a good roll,” Amaro said.