Some degree of clarity on Vic Beasley is coming Saturday from Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some degree of clarity is coming on Vic Beasley by 3 p.m. CT Saturday.

Teams have to trim their rosters to 53 by then, which also means they have to make decisions on lists like the one Beasley is on, the Non-Football Injury list.


A spot on NFI means a player reported with an issue he didn’t suffer while under the team’s watch.

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Kristian Fulton, Darrynton Evans missing preseason time like high picks before them

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beware the combination of a high draft pick and a Titans’ training camp.

In 2016, Kevin Dodd was the first pick of the second round. He had offseason foot surgery and missed the first 19 days of training camp.

In 2017, Corey Davis was the No. 5 pick overall and missed virtually all of camp with a hamstring injury.


(Kristian Fulton photo by Mark Humphrey, AP via pool.)

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Five years removed from role as player-less coach, Shane Bowen is Mike Vrabel's chief lieutenant

Five years removed from role as player-less coach, Shane Bowen is Mike Vrabel's chief lieutenant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After Dean Pees’ defensive meetings broke down in 2018 and 2019 and positional units assembled, the outside linebackers stayed in the same room. The coordinator noticed Shane Bowen already had a whiteboard filled with notes ready for his guys.

“A lot of coaches don’t do that,” Pees said. “A lot of coaches just write them down themselves, put them on their paper and then they tell their players. Well, he’d not only tell them, the players could actually sit there and look at them there on the board.BowenGW

(Photo: George Walker Tennessean via pool.)

“That’s taking the extra step, it’s doing a little more than everybody’s asking of you, kind of being a perfectionist, making sure his player knew what we were putting in and how we were going to do it.”

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Working the middle of the field working for the Titans' passing game

Working the middle of the field working for the Titans' passing game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Words that keep showing up in my notebook from training camp practices: middle and perimeter.

Middle is bolded and underlined, perimeter comes with a question mark or a light cross-out.

The Titans offense can hit plays on the sideline, of course. But their best weapons in the passing game seem best suited for the inside, and that seems to be where Ryan Tannehill keeps finding A.J. Brown and Corey Davis in addition to Adam Humphries.CDavisAug20MH

(Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP via pool.)

As a slot receiver, we’d expect Humphries to work there. As guys who more frequently line up outside, Brown and Davis might more often “win the red line.” Route-runners try to gain an edge against coverage and leave themselves space to go get a throw in that five yards marked off from the sideline on the practice fields.

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High expectations for some still unseen Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The longer we go without seeing a guy, the more people tend to expect from him.

Vic Beasley is a big glaring exception here. He took 10 days to report and aside from one sighting on an exercise bike, he’s been just about as visible during his time on the non-football injury list as he was when the team couldn’t find him for the first three days of his unexcused absence.

For $9.5 million the expectation was something in the range of 10 sacks. Now it’s set up that any production out of him will look like a giant bonus.

But look around the Titans’ roster at some other guys we’ve not seen really do anything yet, and the outlooks are positive, sometimes unreasonably so.

(Photo: D'Andre Walker)

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Mike Vrabel wants Titans feeling as safe expressing themselves elsewhere as they do at work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I want for it to be for my guys out there the way it is for them in here.

That was one of the big points from Mike Vrabel on Thursday after the Titans didn’t practice and turned again to a big discussion of social justice, this time in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.

Kevin Byard and Ryan Tannehill, centered in front of the masked team in its main meeting room, delivered messages through a media Zoom call. They spoke of how they and the group were feeling after watching Blake’s story unfold and stack on top of a string of recent and historical events they want to see change course.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last August, Amy Adams Strunk told The Midday 180 she doesn't want a new stadium but likes the idea of a large-scale retrofit like the Dolphins did to Hard Rock Stadium.

Wednesday, also on The Midday 180, Nashville Mayor John Cooper fielded my question about the future of Nissan Stadium with an answer that said he does not envision the city making a big investment in such a renovation.

The Titans' lease expires in 2029 but the city could need to do some significant upgrades if it's to be a host for the 2026 World Cup. Stadium

“I think the team and the city is going to work well together understanding that there can’t be big financial subsidies going to a team,” said Cooper, who’s current term ends in 2023. “We did that 30 years ago, but that’s now recognized around the country that it’s a tough way for cities to spend money when we’re trying to serve our entire community really well.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eight years and six quarterbacks.

It’s fair to say that’s how long it’s been since the Titans started training camp with a quarterback with full command of a fully caffeinated offense, where he carried himself onto the field and into the huddle as a guy clearly in charge, not harboring or hiding doubt, not needing a coach to prop him up to some degree or a playbook to be overly tailored to him because of limitations.Tannehill082520GW

Matt Hasselbeck had that in 2011 and 2012, albeit with an offense that asked less of him. He wasn’t eager to give it up to Jake Locker, who didn’t have it. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst, Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassell and Blaine Gabbert didn’t have it either.

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