Veteran Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas got a day off from practice Monday night.
But Douglas is not nursing an injury. Instead, he is reaping one of the rewards for being one of three Titans players to an Off-Season Performer of the Year Award – in a parody of ESPN’s sports away, the OSPYS.
“Three players were the Off-Season Performers of the Year, voted on by me – I had the biggest vote, by our weight room and our training staff. From the bigs, the middles and the skill players. They competed, they did everything from when they walked in the door to when they walked out and they were evaluated on all of it,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey revealed.
In addition to Douglas, tight end Craig Stevens won from the middles and Karl Klug from the big players.
“One of the things the winners got was a day off in pads. So Harry came to me after the game and said ‘Monday night will be my night,’” Mularkey said.
Other perks that go along with winning the OSPY includes having the best hotel rooms at training camp, a suite for a road game, preferred parking at both the practice facility and Nissan Stadium, a barbeque meal at Peg Leg Porker, a trophy and their name on a plaque in the weight room.
Klug and Stevens have not yet used their day off in training camp.
“It was about showing up, having good attendance and not missing a day in the off-season program,” said Klug, who added that he wasn’t sure he would use his day off in camp or not.
Douglas said he was happy to win the award, but more importantly, he likes the approach Mularkey has taken with the Titans this off-season and training camp.
“It’s great what he’s doing. It just brings out the best and it’s another way to compete on a different level to get guys to grind even harder,” Douglas said. “It was (about) just doing things the right way and working hard.”
Offensive play of the day
In red zone team period, Marcus Mariota heaved a pass toward Delanie Walker in the right front corner of the end zone. It looked as if the ball might have been a little high and out of reach, but Walker stretched out and hauled the pass in one-handed, falling to the ground and still holding on to the the ball.
The play was made against solid coverage from Brice McCain.
Defensive play of the day
On that same side of the end zone, when the second team went out, safety Da’Norris Searcy made a nice diving interception on a ball thrown by Matt Cassel. Cassel was trying to get the ball to Alex Ellis, but Searcy sealed off the tight end from the pass and made the grab as he was falling to the ground.
Cody Riggs was back at practice after missing the preseason opener with a concussion. Those who were still out of practice included receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring), though he did have his helmet for a walk-through; linebacker Aaron Wallace (ankle), linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot), cornerback Perrish Cox (ankle) and tackle Josue Matias (knee).