By any stretch of the imagination, the Tennessee Titans offense had its struggles in team periods during the first day of the three-day mini-camp on Tuesday.
All three quarterbacks struggled in the first team period, with Marcus Mariota missing Corey Davis on his first pass, and then having a second one knocked away by LeShaun Sims. Later on in the period, a pass for tight end MyCole Pruitt, that looked to be a little behind the receiver, was knocked down by Malcolm Butler.
Things didn’t look much better for Ryan Tannehill, and third-stringer Logan Woodside had one pass broken up by defensive back Mike Jordan and the very next ball picked off by Jordan.
So, all in all, it wasn’t a stellar day for the Titans’ passing offense. Either that, or the defense had a banner day. Take your pick. At any rate, neither Mariota nor head coach Mike Vrabel put much stock into the showing.
“Today was one of those deals. I thought we kind of fought back and forth, but the defense playe well today,” Mariota said. “Obviously, you want to be a little more accurate at times, but the defense made some plays. I thought Malcolm made a big play on the ball.”
Mariota laughed when reminded that he asked the defense for a rematch in the thir down period.
“It left a bad taste in our mouths for sure,” he said.
Vrabel gave credit to the defense during the aforementioned period, rather than laying it at the quarterbacks’ feet.
“I wouldn’t say that was just quarterback play. I think that for that particular period, I think the defense was ready to go. They blitzed the heck out of them, which I said that they were going to do, and that was what we wanted to do coming in,” Vrabel said. “We’re not going to sit here and evaluate the whole offseason on one period. I think that each quarterback maybe got six reps. That’s not something we’ve ever done, that’s not something that we will do.”
Rookie Jeffery Simmons has been reduced to being a spectator, a workout warrior on his upper body an a ready listener in the classroom. The Titans first-round pick is coming back from an ACL injury suffered in February while working out.
Simmons said there is no timetable for him to return, and that he wants to make sure he does it right.
“I’m not rushing into anything. If I don’t play this year, I’m fine with that. But my goal is to get healthy on my time and on this team’s time,” Simmons said. “There’s no time limit on when I can come back, so every day when I come to work, I put my mindset that I want to get back to the next day. That’s how I’m coming to work every day and wanting to get better.”
Missing in action
Three Titans players who have not taken part in any off-season work on the field remained out – right tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Jonnu Smith and kicker Ryan Succop.
After practice, Conklin and Smith, both dealing with knee injuries, could be seen working with a trainer on a field away from practice as part of their rehab. Vrabel declined to offer an update on their status.
Others who were missing from practice on Tuesday included tight end Delanie Walker (leg) and guard Rodger Saffold, who was excused for personal reasons.
Logan Ryan (leg), Jurrell Casey (leg), A.J. Brown (hamstring) and Adoree’ Jackson (foot) were held out of team drills.