Corey Davis taking his big strides in stride

Corey Davis taking his big strides in stride

Wide receiver Corey Davis made his way back to the practice field Monday after getting a day off on Saturday in the scrimmage.
Davis, who left practice Friday early for undisclosed reasons, has been the hit of Titans camp thus far.
Davis, the Titans’ first-round pick in 2017, has flashed big play potential over his first couple of seasons, but in training camp this year, he has shown it much more consistently.
His one-handed grab of a Ryan Tannehill pass in the back of the end zone last Thursday has been the highlight of camp thus far. But Davis took it in stride when asked Monday about the grab.
“That’s up there in practice. But I’ve got to do it on Sundays. I don’t know where to rank it, but I’ve just got to go out there and make plays and help the team out,” he said.
Davis is playing with much more confidence this camp, and that has come from Coach Mike Vrabel and others preaching to him that when the ball is in the air, it belongs to him.
“Vrabel always tells me that when that ball is in the air, it’s my ball and no one else’s. You’ve got to believe that and have that mentality,” he said.

Almost back

Rookie receiver A.J. Brown didn’t practice again on Monday, but he was at least on the practice field and had his jersey on, throwing some balls to teammates, running before practice and catching a few balls in between periods.
Brown said he hopes to be back soon, and that in the meantime, he is working to stay on top of his routine.
“There’s going to be bumps and bruises in camp and those kinds of things and I’m just trying to stay on top of things,” Brown said. “I just want to learn as much as possible as fast as possible, so that when I get back out there, I won’t miss a beat.”
Brown has been out since the first day of camp when his leg gave way while running a route. The injury is not believed to be serious, but the Titans are being cautious with the second-round pick.

Depth chart

The Titans unveiled their first unofficial depth chart ahead of Thursday’s preseason opener at Philadelphia.
There were a few surprises in that the Titans listed the offense as three-wide rather than two tight ends. Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Taywan Taylor were listed as first team. Tajae Sharpe, who has had a strong camp, was listed as a second-teamer.
On the offensive line, the starters were listed as Taylor Lewan (facing a four-game suspension to start the year) and Jack Conklin at tackles. Rodger Saffold and Kevin Pamphile at guards and Ben Jones at center.
Defensively, the Titans have Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans as starters on the inside with vet Wesley Woodyard, a long-time starter, backing them up. Outside, Harold Landry and free agent pickup Cameron Wake are listed as the starters, though Sharif Finch has been running first team most of camp instead of Wake.

Half day off

Marcus Mariota did not work in team drills on Monday, as Coach Mike Vrabel wanted Ryan Tannehill to work on the package that was being installed. Vrabel said Mariota was already comfortable with it, which allowed Tannehill and Logan Woodside to each move up a notch for the day.
“It’s purely rest, and also I felt real comfortable with where he was with that installation,” Vrabel said. “A lot of that is carryover from last year. This was really the first time that we were able to get heavily into two-minute. We did one the other day, and coming back to it, it was important that those guys that maybe weren’t with us last year with those calls, and that system, and that operation, get those in.”
Also out of practice were running back Derrick Henry, defensive lineman Frank Herron, linebacker D’Andre Walker and A.J. Brown, who was in a jersey but did not practice.

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