One day into his first training camp as a Tennessee Titan, Corey Davis has one goal for the time being.
To be in the starting lineup week one when the Titans face the Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium.
“I do (expect to start),” said Davis, who ran with the first team along with Rishard Matthews for most of his first practice of camp Sunday. “I’m going to stay healthy, go out there and handle my business. I don’t expect anything to be handed to me, so I’ve got to go out there and earn it. But that’s my expectation—to go out there and be a starter.”
Davis didn’t get his rookie contract finished in time for Saturday’s first camp practices, but completed his rookie deal shortly after practice began, ensuring that he would not miss much in the way of valuable reps in preparation for his rookie season.
“I felt confident. CAA – my agency- is the best. I believe in them, that’s why I went with them and I have 100 percent confidence in them and what they do,” Davis said. “So I just trusted them the whole time. My job is to play ball, and their job is to handle all of that stuff. I wasn’t worried.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey was glad to see Davis in uniform and taking part in practice and said the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft had a solid first day.
“He had a good day. Obviously, he’s been preparing,” Mularkey said. “Like I said a couple of days ago, they’ve been throwing for a couple of weeks before camp started. It’s obvious, you can see they’ve thrown some of these routes. They came out here and really I didn’t see a lot of mistakes, and that may change when I watch the film, but he had a good day.”
Davis said he still plenty to learn in camp, but he drew plenty of applause when he beat free agent cornerback Logan Ryan on a deep route early in one-on-one drills, hauling in a pass from Marcus Mariota.
“I have a lot to learn from and a long way to go but overall it was a good day,” Davis said of his initial camp practice.
The Titans are still being careful not to put quarterback Marcus Mariota in harm’s way, but during team drills, Mariota passed another hurdle as he took off running on a scramble and made a play up the sideline.
Of course, there was no way the Titans were going to allow Mariota to take a hit, but still, it was another sign that the quarterback is healthy and has regained his mobility.
“He’s been running, he’s been rolling out,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He’s been running, but not in a situation like this, in a team play.”
Cyprien increases reps
After being held out of team drills on Saturday to ensure that his injured ankle was OK, safety Jonathan Cyprien was back and running with the first team at safety.