NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A.J. Brown was out of sight when the Titans were on the field and OTA sessions and minicamp practices were open to the media. The receiver was still working his way back from post-season surgery on both knees, a process he called "a slow grind."

But when the Titans hit the field Wednesday for their first practice of training camp, Brown will be with them.

He is a full go.

Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver A.J. Brown Sideline Photo

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the 2021 season, the Titans will face contract decisions on Harold Landry, Ben Jones, Anthony Firkser, Rashaan Evans and Josh Reynolds.

Jon Robinson with Mike Vrabel Photo

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Amy Adams Strunk won’t be on the clock with Mike Vrabel. Presumably, she won't be on one with Jon Robinson either. Vrabel signed for five years when he came aboard in 2018, and Robinson signed a matching extension not long later.

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Regression Stock PhotoNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Camp is coming and there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about where the Titans are heading in 2021 as they look to build on an 11-5 season that produced an AFC South title.

But one key area analytics often looks at from one season to the next is one-score games.

If a team does especially well or especially poorly in that area, the thinking is the following season gravity will pull on the big number.

The Titans were 7-2 in games decided by 7 points or fewer in 2020, so Warren Sharp sees the potential for them to fall victim to regression.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Less than two weeks before the Titans report to training camp and seventy-one days after Rashad Weaver accepted his summons for a misdemeanor simple assault charge, the NFL said “the matter remains under review.”

Rashad Weaver ,Tennessee Titans

Pool photo, George Walker, The Tennessean

The charge stems from an April 18 incident outside the Foxtail bar in Pittsburgh during which the alleged victim, Demetria Navjelis, said Weaver “grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the ground, where she ultimately hit her head.”

The Titans view it as a legal matter and are waiting on the process to play out. The league does not always rely on the legal process and its conclusions in order to reach its verdicts and dole out its discipline, though it seems more likely with a first-time offense and a misdemeanor charge.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans will add three deserving names to their Ring of Honor this season in Bum Phillips, Jeff Fisher and Floyd Reese.

All three made invaluable contributions to the franchise and belong with the 14 others from Titans and Oilers lore who are already represented.

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Phillips died in 2013 and will be represented by his family, including Wade Phillips who served as head coach of the Cowboys, Bills and Broncos and interim head coach of the Saints, Falcons and Texans during an extensive NFL coaching career. [Unblocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the wondrous holiday weekend. I hope you've got giant, or lazy, plans ahead.

Here's some Titans' reading for you along the way. Thanks for the contributions. Tweet them to me using #PKMail or post on my public Facebook page.

I'm hoping for no rain to preserve three days of 11-year old baseball to see some hitting lessons put into practice and then to get some pool time after some games.

Titans' Running Back Derrick Henry Vs. Detroit Lions

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And we're off...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the bulk of his time in the NFL, Kevin Byard has been really good as a free safety.

Sure, it’s entailed time in the box and plenty of plays stepping up to stop the run. The 2017 First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler is a versatile player.

He’s coming off his worst year and a terrible team defensive season, one during which the Titans deployed him and Kenny Vaccaro/ Amani Hooker as left and right safeties far more often than they did in prior years.

Byard was on the left side of the field a lot, though matchups, formations and calls could change things. Sometimes, of course, being on the left side and being the free safety were not mutually exclusive.

Tennessee Titans Safety Kevin Byard

Pool photo George Walker, The Tennessean

What’s ahead for Byard in his sixth season?

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