Training camp Day 4: Is right guard a true competition?

Training camp Day 4: Is right guard a true competition?

For the third day in a row, the Titans had a different player working at right guard.

On Monday, it was rookie third-round pick Nate Davis working with the first unit.

For Sunday’s full pad practice, second-year pro Aaron Stinnie got the reps with the first-string. Before that, veteran Kevin Pamphile had been with the first group.

The fact that the Titans are working different players into that spot seems to mean that there could be more of true camp competition at right guard this year than there was in the declared left guard competition in 2018, when there were virtually no challengers to Quinton Spain for first-team reps.

In discussing Davis ascending to the first group on Monday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said, “He’s a young player that we liked. Jon (Robinson) and I and the offensive line coaches and the scouts identified him as somebody we’d like to have and work with in our scheme, and he was there for us. It’s all part of the process. You put guys in different spots (to evaluate them).”

Elsewhere, Dennis Kelly, who left practice early on Sunday was back and able to work regularly at left tackle. Rodger Saffold got his first work in team drills at left guard.

Running back Derrick Henry remains out of practice, as does wide receiver A.J. Brown and defensive tackle Amani Bledsoe. Cameron Batson was shaken up after a catch and did not finish practice.

Offensive play of the day

In the next-to-last team period, wide receiver Corey Davis went up in traffic and snagged a one-handed pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Davis, entering his third year, continues to flash with big plays in the Titans camp, especially when it comes to using his leaping ability to go up and snatch the football.

Elsewhere, tight end Anthony Firkser continues to catch the ball consistently, making a nice sliding catch as one of his receptions on Monday. Receiver Tajae Sharpe made a nice play on a nicely thrown ball from Mariota along the sideline, continuing his knack for those sorts of plays.

Defensive play of the day

The defense managed to get two interceptions during the team period of Monday’s work. First, Josh Kalu picked off a Logan Woodside throw and managed to keep himself in bounds on the play.

But the second interception, one by rookie safety Amani Hooker on a deflection proved to be even more dramatic.

On the play, Tajae Sharpe was behind the defense on a go route, but Marcus Mariota’s throw got up into the win and wobbled enough to allow cornerback Malcolm Butler to recover and tip the ball into the air, where Hooker was waiting.

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