Though limited, wide receiver A.J. Brown made his way back into team drills for the Tennessee Titans at Monday’s final practice before the New England Patriots come to town for two days of work.
Brown was suffering from a pulled hamstring, according to Titans coach Mike Vrabel, as he was injured on the first day of training camp. Brown also had a hamstring issue during OTAs, shortly after the Titans chose him in the second round of this year’s draft.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m trying to take it one step at a time. My reps are pretty limited right now,” Brown said Monday. “I’m just taking it slow.”
Brown watched some practices last week in anticipation of his return, and then tested the hamstring on Sunday during stretch period and working on the side individuals.
“I’ve been taking mental reps since I went down honestly,” Brown said. “I think Vrabes just wanted to switch it up a little bit to let me come out and see practice and the new stuff he put in. Me being down, it really helped with the mental side of the game.”
Vrabel was glad to have the rookie back, albeit limited, in team drills. Vrabel indicated if there are no setbacks that Brown could see action in the practices vs. New England.
“It’s always good to see guys back out there that haven’t been out there in awhile,” Vrabel said. “We’ll see how he feels, and hopefully he can do more against the Patriots on Wednesday.”
In addition to Brown, Corey Davis was back doing full work after some days off as well.
Those who were held out of Monday’s work included running back Derrick Henry, tight end Delanie Walker, linebacker Cameron Wake, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, running back David Fluellen, guard Nate Davis, receiver Tanner McEvoy and defensive lineman Frank Herron.
Another rough day
The Titans offense, which struggled in the red zone over the weekend, had another tough day in practice on Monday. The defense got the best of the offense in red zone, no matter who was the quarterback, as neither Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill or Logan Woodside was able to reach the end zone in those drills.
Vrabel said the Patriots coming to town for two practices ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game will be good work for his squad. He said it will be a challenge to learn the Patriots’ personnel and tendencies in a short amount of time to be able to compete. Vrabel said the Titans won’t game plan, but that the different look will be good.
“We’re not gonna came plan for them, but we’re gonna be able to see different looks and adjust to different coverages,” Vrabel said. “Our guys have been building profiles against the guys they’ve been going against all camp, whether it’s a pass rusher against an offensive lineman, or a DB against a receiver, I’ve kind of asked them to build a profile. We’re not game-planning anybody else, so let’s game plan ourselves. Let’s build a profile and a play style on the guys that you’re going against. So we’ll have to do that very quickly when the Patriots come in with their personnel.”
The Titans made a minor roster move before Monday’s practice, signing outside linebacker James Folston and waiving/injured outside linebacker Jordan Williams.