Rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown said he feels pretty comfortable with the Titans offense, despite missing time with a hamstring injury that cost him the first two weeks of camp.
Brown got back on the practice field for a few snaps against the New England Patriots last Saturday in a preseason, and the second-round pick figures to have an increased role this week when the Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
“The more I do in practice, the better I’ll be on Sundays. It’s just about me being where I need to be,” Brown said.
The rookie admits he is a little bit anxious to play in a prime time game against the Steelers, but is working to calm his excitement.
“I’m just going to treat it as another game and not let it get too big. I’m excited about it, but I’m trying not to get too high,” Brown said.
The one thing Brown said that has taken him a bit to get used to is getting back into football shape after missing two weeks of camp.
“Knowing the offense, I’m pretty comfortable. But the conditioning part, I’m still battling that monster. But I’m really comfortable and I can just play fast,” he said.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said it is tough on any player not being able to practice and play, but said he has noticed a change in Brown with his return.
“It’s tough when you’re not out there for any player who loves football. I think from all I’ve seen is just a change in his attitude of just being out and being able to be out there and practice and improve and try to continue to help this team,” Vrabel said.
Titans safety Kevin Byard and his wife Clarke welcomed a daughter, Eliana Rose Byard, into the world shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday morning. The baby is fully healthy and weight 4 pounds, 10 ounces, a proud Byard said.
“She came at 1:07 in the morning last night. The baby came little bit early. She’s healthy. That’s what’s important. I’m super happy about that. My wife is doing well,’ Byard said. “It was an exciting time last night. I didn’t get to sleep until about four in the morning. I slept about two-and-a-half hours, and I jumped up and called Jon (Robinson) and (told him) everything is good for practice.”
Running backs Dalyn Dawkins, David Fluellen, linebackers Harold Landry and Josh Smith and tight end Ryan Hewitt were not at practice on Thursday.
Guard Nate Davis did limited work in stretch and individual periods.