NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL wants players vaccinated for Covid-19and on Wednesday they got themselves a bit of a poster boy for their policies working effectively to get the job done.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he would not have gotten a vaccine but for the league’s policies.

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He has not passed the required time period since getting his shot, so he wore a mask during stretch and warmups as the team’s first practice and is subject to the indoor protocols for unvaccinated players until the proper time passes.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the eve of the first practice of Titans' training camp, let’s run through the most important things Mike Vrabel had to say.TitanScreamWall

MV: “As you guys can see, we still have some new construction going on, but the coaches' offices and the players meeting rooms, the squad room is finished. It's fantastic. It is going to allow us to teach and coach our players. ...So, again just want to thank (Amy Adams Strunk) and her family for continuing to provide the resources for us to do our job.”

The upgrades have been steady and on a grand scale. The coaches’ offices used to occupy a share of the first floor of the two-story section of the building along with the locker room, meeting rooms/ the auditorium, the cafeteria, the media relations department, the media room and the media library.

In recent years the media moved upstairs and a studio for team media productions was built into that space. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans take the field Wednesday for their first practice of 2021 training camp.

Their 14 practices in MetroCenter and the two against the Buccaneers in Tampa along with three preseason games – at Atlanta, at Tampa Bay and against Chicago – will tell us a great deal.

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But some fundamental thematic questions won’t be answered until we see real action starting with the season opener on Sept. 12 against Arizona.

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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.

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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.

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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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regression2NASHVILLE, 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.”

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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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