NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Veteran OTA attendance is likely to pick up, at least some, for the Titans this week.

I counted 51 of 9- players at Thursday’s session that was open to the media, but among the projected starters only Anthony Firkser, Amani Hooker and Teair Tart were on the field.

As I wrote that day, I understand the voluntary element of this time on the team’s calendar. But the way things really work, it’s not entirely voluntary. A fight between the union and management is playing out, and the undercard is pitting the Titans’ theme of team-first against what is best for individuals.


Pool photo George Walker, The Tennessean

Though it’s not entirely clear how the top Titans may have concluded staying away as part of a fight against something their union collectively bargained for in 2020 is best for them.

At any rate, what strikes me now is that through the first week of Phase 3 of OTAs so few players felt job security as a force in their decision about showing up.

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