NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mental reps are a catch-all basket. If a guy’s hurt, if he’s getting a day off, four Titans coaches before Mike Vrabel all talked of the urgency and importance of the almighty mental rep.


(Jamal Davis tries to tackle Marcus Mashall. Photo: George Walker, The Tennessean via pool.) 

Helmetless observers stood watching and while they gave up minimal updates after practice about their injury or cause for not working, they’d tell us about how dialed in they were with their mental reps.

Until Mike Vrabel arrived.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – D’Andre Walker has gone from 2019 fifth-round pick who went on IR Aug. 10 before we had any sense of what he could add to the Titans’ pass rush to a guy at the head of the line.

Walker’s been one of the Titans’ two top outside linebackers throughout camp, and he stayed there Sunday even as Kamalei Correa continued to re-emerge from an undisclosed injury because Harold Landry fell out of practice before the full team section of the workout became.DAndreWalkerGW

(Photo: George Walker, Tennessean via pool.)

"I just think he's a smart guy, a strong guy at the point of contact," Rashaan Evans said. "I can't wait to really see what he does on the field. I know he seems very eager to get out there on the field and do his thing."

I watched Walker as closely as the logistics of things would allow and saw a workmanlike day from the 6-foot-2, 251-pound 23-year-old who played collegiately at Georgia.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Isaiah Wilson attended a party at Tennessee State University off-campus apartments on Heiman Street that drew the attention of university police on Aug. 15, prompting Wilson to ponder jumping off a second-story balcony, according to a campus police incident report.Wilson79DrinkGW

(Photo George Wilson, Tennessean via pool.)

It is unclear how many people were at the gathering.

If there were more than 15 people at the gathering, the Titans' first-round pick could be judged to have violated NFL rules in place to protect teams from the spread of COVID-19. If there were fewer than 15, he still could be viewed as showing poor judgment on an early off-day considering how much the team has emphasized keeping players, coaches and support staff safe.

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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.


(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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel pulled out the old suggestion box line this week.

Derrick Henry had a limited practice, finishing with side conditioning and he fielded a question about it.


(Photo: George Walker, Tennessean via pool.)

“Let me know if you got any suggestions,” he said. “It’s on (John Streicher)’s desk, the suggestion box.”

Per your request, Mike, my entries…

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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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