As the Titans worked in day two of training camp, they were paid a visit by controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, who not only addressed the team, but signed a few autographs Sunday for fans as she made her way inside the team’s training facility.
Right after stretch, and before practice began, Coach Mike Mularkey called the team together in the middle of the field and the owner spoke to them.
“I think they appreciate her coming out here,” Mularkey said. “This is the second time she’s talked to the team. Her message, again, was she’s thrilled with how they’ve worked, she’s excited about the season. I think she wanted to see a response to what’s gone on around here. They were all very appreciative of what she’s done for this organization with the bubble and the facility. I think they’re both pleased with getting talked to.”
Offensive play of the day
The Titans have said all along they want to take advantage of Marcus Mariota’s running ability, so long as it doesn’t put him at a bigger risk for injury.
They showed off a taste of their quarterback’s mobility in Sunday’s training camp practice.
“It’s going to be the game plan,” Mularkey said. “We’re going to obviously take what the defense is going to give us when we’re playing against them. If we see something that’s not going to expose him that we have guys to block players – we’re not going to leave anybody unblocked for the plays we’re going to design. So there’s no set number of runs, but if we can – I mean you talk about a threat, a serious threat and a problem for defenses, it’s him running.”
Mariota showed off those talents in the first team drill Sunday with two consecutive runs, one of which was a bootleg where the quarterback juked the defender with a hesitation move and cruised past him into the open field.
“Was it that Deion Sanders’ step he did?” Mularkey asked. “I’m shocked he did that. I am, but you know, he’s having fun out here. I think he’s had two very good days. Obviously, that was a well-designed, well-executed play. He had some space to run. You see he didn’t run the net play. He cam out. He was supposed to be in there. So I’m glad he’s having a little fun. I”m glad to see he’s feeling as good as he is. Hopefully, we can keep him that way.”
Defensive play of the day
It was toward the end of practice when Matt Cassel hit rookie tight end Alex Ellis with a pass in the right flat that was bobbled as he took a step trying to haul it in. The ball was tipped up into the air and backup linebacker David Bass grabbed it and took it in for a touchdown.
“David Bass made a great play out here today with the breakup, the interception, probably for a score,” Mularkey said. “His level of play has gone up.”
Rough day for DGB
After looking good and playing well on the first day of training camp, receiver Dorial Green-Beckham had his struggles on Sunday.
DGB ran one go route when Marcus Mariota threw an out route in his direction in seven-on-seven drills. Green-Beckham also had three drops on Sunday and another one where he was rescued by a pass interference call on cornerback Antwon Blake.
“I think he had a really good day yesterday. I mean he did some really good things. He ran a side adjustment off of a blitz, which he missed numerous times last year,” Mularkey said. “Very first time, didn’t even blink, ran it. I mean he caught the ball well yesterday and today, not as well.
“That’s what we’ve been talking about—these guys that can play consistently, come out every day, and day-after-day, make the same plays. That’s what we need from them. There is nobody that’s going to be harder on him than himself.”
Ramping it up
The Titans will hold their first full pad practice on Monday morning, something that usually ramps up the competition in practice for both offense and defense.
One of the things that will bear watching is one-one-one drills, which Mularkey intentionally avoided until it was time to put on the full pads.
The Titans are allowed to have 12 padded practices in training camp.
Cornerback Brice McCain limped off the field after breaking up a deep pass intended for tight end Delanie Walker. McCain suffered an ankle injury on the play, but it is not believed to be serious.