NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Early in training camp, a raw 6-foot-2, 304-pound undrafted defensive tackle struggled.

He tapped the top of his helmet during one team period, the signal asking to be subbed out. Mike Vrabel didn’t like it at all, loudly telling Teair Tart that he was the head coach, and it was his job to decide who was in or out of the lineup.TartGW

Teair Tart, who now wears No. 93. Photo: George Walker, The Tennessean via pool.

The Philadelphia native from Florida International was hurting himself.

A low-ranking player is expected to relish and maximize opportunities, not decline them because he’s tired.

The same week, in defensive line work Terrell Williams grew frustrated with Tart’s inability to properly take on a blocking sled.

These were bad signs in the moment. But they were not the signals I thought they were.

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