In preseason games thus far, Corey Davis sightings have been rare.
Davis did not play in the preseason opener at Green Bay after being held out of practice in the week leading up to the game. And in his preseason debut last Saturday against Tampa Bay, Davis – and most of the Titans starters – played sparingly.
The 2017 first-round pick has had just one pass thrown his way in the preseason, and it fell incomplete.
On the practice field, Davis’ has been getting lots of work and looked good in training camp as he and quarterback Marcus Mariota have improved their timing together from a year ago.
Still, Davis has had his share of “maintenance days” in camp and preseason thus far. Several times this preseason, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has talked about “having a plan” for every Titans player to follow as they ramp for the regular season that starts in just over two weeks.
Davis, who was bothered by a hamstring injury that cost him six games in his rookie year last season, talked about the new regimen he has been involved in to try and keep him on the field more in year two.
“It’s a way to keep me fresh. The amount I’m running in practice, they’re just trying to keep me fresh and safe and make sure I can make it to the games,” Davis said. “I just get full treatment. I do a full recovery and stay in my playbook (on the days off). They’ve got a lot of treatment for me in there to keep my hamstrings and quads and legs fresh and healthy.”
Davis said it was something that Vrabel came to him at the beginning of camp and told him about what type of procedure would be implemented to get him ready to start the season.
“This was at the beginning of camp that they came to me with it. It was an adjustment, but I know it’s the best for me and this team. I trust Vrabel,” Davis said.
Davis said he has also changed his diet a bit in order to help avoid injuries, but said he can’t yet go the vegan route that a number of his teammates, including Derrick Morgan, Wesley Woodyard and Jurrell Casey, have done.
“A lot of these guys want me to go vegan, but I can’t do that. They want me to give up steak and stuff,” Davis said.
Getting closer: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews, on the PUP list since the start of training camp, was running routes before practice with head coach Mike Vrabel playing cornerback against him as he caught the ball.
“It’s good to see him working and kind of getting excited and getting close to coming back and rejoining the team off the PUP (list),” Vrabel said.
Out of practice: Tight end Delanie Walker, who has not practiced since suffering what appeared to be a foot or ankle injury in the joint practices with Tampa Bay, said it weighs on him not being able to practice, even if it is just preseason.
Others out of practice on Thursday included linebackers Brian Orakpo, Rashaan Evans and Derrick Morgan, safety Steven Terrell, receiver Michael Campanaro, cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Akrum Wadley.