NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A.J. Brown was a rookie unknown at the start. Ryan Tannehill didn’t start until Week 7. Corey Davis had a toe issue pop up somewhere along the way. And slow-starting Adam Humphries missed the final four regular-season games and the first two playoff contests because of a bad ankle.

As good as the Titans passing game was in 2019, it was rare that everything was functioning together.


(Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP via pool.)

So 2020’s optimism comes in part because Tannehill’s is the guy from the absolute beginning, Brown’s established as a fierce firebrand. Davis just came off PUP and looks back in form. Humphries is moving great, running the sort of precise routes the Titans signed him for a year ago.

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Core strength the focus for Nate Davis, the Titans' top sweater

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Take Nate Davis into the sun for a practice and he’s a faucet with the spigot turned all the way on.

He could be assigned a practice-field patch to water.

“I would definitely say the crown is mine,” Davis said. “It’ll be the first period and I’m already soaked like I just jumped in a pool.”


Recovery takes quite a while. He drinks as much as he can, but it’s really impossible for him to take in as much as he loses. So his cool-down features an IV that helps offset his daily practice weight loss. Monday for the 6-foot-3, 314-pound guard, that was 13 pounds.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans saw Darryton Evans fumble twice and dropped the ball too much on Sunday.

Still, for the second day in a row in an unpadded practice, things were even at best and probably leaned toward the offense.


(Rashard Davis beats Tye Smith. Photo: Mark Humphrey AP via pool.)

This is a highly unusual development for the Titans historically. In recent years it’s been about new coordinators trying to get their offense up to speed and a quarterback constantly revising things and attempting to put a big-offseason theme into practice.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the first mailbag of camp, on a Titans' off-day after the first day the media got to see.

Hope you've read my observations of that and this will tide you over. until Sunday afternoon.

Let's hit it like Derrick Henry hit this heavy ball.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel blew his stack at least a few times during the first training camp practice the media watched.

He said it was nothing.

“Who seemed unhappy?” he asked. “No, that's football practice. There's some good, there's some bad and we got to eliminate the stuff that gets you beat – interceptions or balls on the ground, quarterback-center exchange.”

(One outsider’s recommendation: Don’t ask out of a play if you’re a young unknown.)


(Photo: George Walker/Tennessean via pool.)

It was your basic early practice with some very pretty moments – Kalif Raymond winning deep up the right side after winning quickly against Johnathan Joseph -- and some that rated as less so – Malcolm Butler cursed himself repeatedly after reading Ryan Tannehill’s first throw of one-on-ones, slipping inside A.J. Brown’s crossing route and then dropping an interception. (See photo.)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Assistant coaches outside of the guys slotted in the coordinator talking slots Zoomed with reporters Thursday, so the day before our first view of the Titans on the field a lot of subject matter was covered.

Without talking what I thought were some of the bigger storylines being worked on, I thought I’d offer you snippets from everyone with a bit of what it left me thinking. My Zoom photography was poor as I bounced between two, and at one point three screens, so you will not be quizzed later on what the new guys look like. We will save that for a bit later.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- During the Marcus Mariota era, there was an annual theme for the Titans at quarterback. Once it was widening his base. Heading into his final year it was bulking up.

It’s typical for players to have an offseason premise that a lot of their work points too, and with Mariota each offseason checkpoint featured a media check-in on the topic.


Heading into Ryan Tannehill’s first year as the Titans’ starter, there really hasn’t been a similar point of emphasis.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- From time to time, as we talk to multiple players in a day and I sort out longer-range ideas and quick-turn analysis, I’m going find days where the best course is simply some reaction to best of what I heard in a day.


Here’s my first stab at that on a day where the press had Zoom calls with Ryan Tannehill (where there was no real new ground), Kamalei Correa, Jayon Brown and Adam Humphries.

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