Titan training camp notebook: Day 2

Titan training camp notebook: Day 2

Veteran linebacker Brian Orakpo sprinted off the field and to the trainer’s room during the middle of Friday’s second day of training camp.

Orakpo chucked his helmet on the sideline as he exited the field, and then sprinted to the trainer’s room and did not return to the practice field.

What type of injury Orakpo might have suffered is not known, nor is it known how serious or not the injury might be.
The Titans are scheduled to have their first full padded practice Saturday morning.

Orakpo has had relatively few health issues since joining the Titans in 2015 and has never missed a game in three seasons in Tennessee.

However, earlier in his career with the Washington Redskins, Orakpo had three different seasons end prematurely due to pectoral muscle injuries.

On Wednesday when players reported to camp, Orakpo spoke about his good health since joining the Titans.

“Honestly, football is a crazy game. Just been fortunate enough – I’ve changed up a few things here and there, worked on flexibility, stuff like that,” Orakpo said Wednesday. “I’m not really a workout warrior like I used to be, but I’m just kind of maintaining and keeping my body in shape, in tip-top shape. Just been very fortunate. Injuries happen, sometimes non-contact, sometimes with contact. Just been very fortunate to go out there, and each and every game bring something to the team and help this team win ballgames.”

Mariota speaks: Marcus Mariota looked pretty comfortable in Friday’s practice. He did have one pass picked off in a red zone drill by linebacker Jayon Brown. But overall, he seemed to have pinpoint accuracy.

It also helped the receiver Corey Davis made two or three highlight catches, and that Delanie Walker got wide open for a score in the red zone work as well.

Mariota is excited with what a healthy Davis has shown thus far.

“Honestly, the guy’s been explosive since the day he stepped in here. Now that he’s getting healthy, now that we’ve got him around, it’s fun to see him make those plays, and I think that’s the expectation. That’s the standard we’re going to hold him to,” Mariota said.

Position switch: Linebacker Nick DeLuca, an undrafted free agent from North Dakota State, found himself on the other side of the football, as the Titans are planning to move him to tight end, which he played in practice on Friday.

“You try to put the player in the best position to help the team and to help himself. We felt that Nick’s best chance to help us and move forward this year is as a tight end,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “That conversation took about 20 seconds. It was like whatever you need for me to do, I’m going to go to the tight end meeting right now and just tell me where to go. That’s the type of attitude that we want everybody in this organization to have.

Play of the day: Marcus Mariota’s arm was pretty solid, but his best move of the day came on a scramble when no one was open. Mariota welcome rookie linebacker Harold Landry to the league with a juke move to avoid what would have been Landry touching off on him for a sack. Mariota’s “dipsy doodle” move left Landry in the dust and showed that the quarterback’s wheel seem fully back to 100 percent after a rough 2017 season.

Long shot of the day: David Fluellen is in his annual fight for a roster spot as the third running back. Fluellen showed good moves on a running play in red zone work, making a move once he got through the line and racing to the end zone.

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