NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trevor Siemian took his first snaps in the red practice jersey of a Titans quarterback and while it was hard for observers, and Mike Vrabel, to offer too much of a one-day review, it looked like the average sort of first day for an experienced guy working in a new place with new people.

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(Photo: George Walker, The Tennessean via pool.)

"After one day it's going to be hard to give you the State of the Union on him," Vrabel said. "But he's played in games and he's functioned pretty well for just having a couple Zoom meetings (Wednesday) and a quick meeting (Thursday) morning)."

The experienced Siemian is obviously better than rookie seventh-rounder Cole McDonald was, a guy the Titans made a quick decision to toss to the scrap heap. Now we’ll see over the next few weeks if Siemian passes Logan Woodside, who has no game experience but two seasons of work with the Tennessee coaches, for the job as Ryan Tannehill’s primary backup.

Siemian joined Tannehill and Logan Woodside swiping at each other as they took drops and worked on ball security, moving around straddling a pad to sustain a wide base and withstanding a swipe at the ball from Vrabel and turning to navigate a group of tackling dummies to throw around. 

Later Thursday in full team periods, Tannehill threw his first two interceptions of camp.

On the first, after play-action, he threw high and behind a crossing A.J. Brown and the ball went off the innocent receiver’s hands to Kevin Byard. Not long after he forced one deep to Kalif Raymond deep down the middle into triple coverage, where Malcolm Butler leaped high in front of the receiver to collect it before landing hard on his left hip or side. That left him hurting for a while though he did return.

Tannehill’s best, big play came against a completely busted coverage. The quarterback rolled right, set, and saw Adam Humphries running alone deep left, hitting him in stride. No defensive back was anywhere close as Humphries collected the ball for an easy score.

The other most notable offensive play was a short throw from Woodside to Darrynton Evans, who turned the screen into a sprint up the right sideline.

A few other things and moments of note:

Vrabel on new tight end Geoff Swaim: "He had a really good workout. He looked like he was in shape. He was, I think, bigger than what I thought when we played the Cowboys in the past when he was on their roster. We wanted to kind of take a look at him."

The kickers each went four for five, with Greg Joseph missing for the first time.

D’Andre Walker gained some ground against Isaiah Wilson a couple of times in the final period, but it seemed as if Wilson was content with the strategy, allowing his former Georgia teammate to close some before simply shielding Woodside with his width.

Byard would have crushed Raymond if things were live on a hospital ball Tannehill delivered. The QB wouldn’t have, or certainly shouldn’t have, thrown the midrange pass in a game, as it would have produced some serious problems.

Cam Batson caught a TD in seven-on-seven red-zone work but then let a high-but-catchable pass go through his hands in rare work with Tannehill late in team work with Tannehill.

 

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