Two-fold rationale for day of heavy red-zone work shows off smart approach

 RedZoneNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel smartly crafted the second practice of training camp to accomplish two things: Give the Titans extensive work in the red zone and limit the sort of long runs that can contribute to early soft tissue injuries.

Tennessee’s offense ranked 23rd in the red zone last season, scoring touchdowns just 53.2 percent of the time it got inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. The defense was second at 44.7 percent.

Vrabel is optimistic things will get better deep in opponent’s territory. He joked that once Ryan Succop is healthy the kicker will only be needed for extra points and kickoffs.

This is the start of my 24th training camp, and I don’t recall seeing a session with so much focus on one area.

It’d be cool to have more of them. The marketing department could sell “Short-Yardage Sunday,” though that would probably tire certain people out too much.


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