Cornerback Tye Smith has a little extra motivation in camp this season.
Smith was injured in Titans training camp last year, needed surgery and missed the entire 2018 season, spending it on injured reserve.
The Titans never disclosed exactly what happened to Smith that ended his 2018 campaign before it ever began, but the cornerback said he tore his pectoral muscle off the bone and had to have it surgically repaired.
“I’m a lot more motivated after last year, because the NFL doesn’t last for long,” said Smith, who. “Injuries can happen at any time, and like last year, your whole season can be taken away. It’s really a blessing just to be back out here.
“The first week of camp last year, I tore a pec muscle reaching out for a tackle.”
Smith has been showing up well – he starts on three of the Titans’ four special teams units – and has shown a knack for being around the football. He had a punch out for a forced fumble in the joint practices against the New England Patriots, and also had a couple of pass breakups in the scrimmage work between the two teams.
“Hopefully, we’re cherishing every opportunity that we get to play and to coach. Tye’s taking advantage of his opportunities and I think that he certainly has improved,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
Smith is in the running to reclaim the reserve cornerback role he had in 2017, serving as a fifth cornerback and special teams mainstay.
Several Titans were out of Tuesday’s work, including outside linebacker Harold Landry, who has yet to play in the preseason. Vrabel was vague when asked if Landry has suffered any sort of injury.
Others not practicing included safety Dane Cruikshank, running back Dayln Dawkins, running back David Fluellen, guard Nate Davis, receiver Corey Davis and tight end Delanie Walker.
Derrick Henry was able to go through individual work again.