When the camp competition at right guard began for the Tennessee Titans, there were a handful of names mentioned.
Jamil Douglas was not often one of them. But for the past two days, it has been Douglas, a former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, who has been running at first-team right guard between center Ben Jones and tackle Jack Conklin.
When the competition began, most believed the job would be between veteran Kevin Pamphile and rookie Nate Davis, who has now been out for more than a week with an undisclosed injury. Others thrown into the mix included Aaron Stinnie and Jones, who has slid over from center when Corey Levin has moved into the lineup in the middle.
“It’s a good opportunity to work with the guys and show what I can do and show my versatility and whatever I can do to help the team,” Douglas said.
Douglas’ early camp reps came at left guard with the first unit as veteran Rodger Saffold was being eased into the fray. Douglas appreciates the opportunity.
“It’s kind of been how my career has gone. When I came into the league, they told me I was going to have to be versatile. It’s been something I’ve been working on. I don’t think it’s a hard thing. You’ve just got to learn to flip your mind and your body and go from there,” he said.
Douglas has done his share of bouncing around since being taken 114th overall by the Dolphins out of Arizona State in 2015. He has been on the practice squads of the Patriots, Falcons and Colts before coming to the Titans last October. During those stops, he was elevated to the active roster for a handful of games (including Super Bowl LI with the Pats against the Falcons).
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he appreciates the tough mindset that Douglas displays on the field.
“I think he plays hard, I think he’s been in a few systems and he’s gotten comfortable with what we’re asking him to do. Like mostly everybody, it’s not perfect, but I do think that he plays with an effort and a toughness that we like our offensive linemen to have,” he said.
Brown back, sort of
A.J. Brown, the rookie wide receiver, who has been out with a leg injury since the first day of camp, was back and working on a side field along with Corey Davis on Sunday. It was the first time since that first day that Brown had his helmet with him at practice. Both he and Davis went back inside to the training room after individual periods.
Running back Derrick Henry, out also since the first day, was seen running on the side and doing work there along with tight end Jonnu Smith, who remains on PUP.
Others who were out of practice Sunday included tight end Delanie Walker, guard Nate Davis, running back David Fluellen, receiver Tanner McEvoy and defensive lineman Frank Herron.
Up and down
The Titans offense again seemed to struggle in the red zone for the second straight day on Sunday. The offense looked better than in Saturday’s work, but the red zone still seems to be a work in progress.
On the brighter side, both starting QB Marcus Mariota and backup Ryan Tannehill looked sharp in executing the two-minute offense, which was the last period of the day on Sunday.