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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some of the stitching that holds a team together is sewn during offseason work and in the early days of training camp.

This time around, outside of small groups late in OTA/minicamp season, the Titans were separated in the spring and only later this week will they all be in a team meeting together and on the field working in the same phase.TannehillCelebrateFlagsChiefs

Lost time and missed preseason road trips will be a factor in a ton of categories moving forward, and camaraderie is certainly one of them.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The timing and synchronicity expected of an offensive line require a good deal of practice.

When there isn’t enough, we hear excuses around the league for early-season poor play up-front.

And there won't be enough, with no OTAs and no work in preseason games or joint workouts.LewanHands

Mike Vrabel isn’t an excuse-maker that way. Tell him the parameter and he will work within them to do things the best the Titans can.

Last year, his team had a shaky start on the offense line, with Taylor Lewan suspended for the first four games, Rodger Saffold starting slowly and a second-year guy who had floated through four previous stops in Jamil Douglas starting at right guard where a third-round pick was not ready. [Unlocked]

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17286NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday was the deadline for Titans’ season-ticket holders to pass on participating in whatever the team is able to put together for the 2020 season.

Once those who stayed in receive a plan from the Titans, they will have an additional opportunity to defer.

It’s not entirely clear how the city will go about deciding how many fans will be allowed in Nissan Stadium for games given concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The NFL has decreed that anyone attending a game must wear a mask.

Indications are the Titans' initial request was for 25 percent capacity. The building accommodates 69,143 for football, so that would be 17,286.

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Vic Beasley finally reports, starts COVID-19 testing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – AWOL is over.

Vic Beasley reported to the Titans Friday morning for COVID-19 testing, ending a bizarre, unexplained, unexcused 10-day absence.


He now needs to test negative three times in four days in order to enter the Titans facility, after which he will go through the same acclimatization process each group has gone through as they entered.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Corey Davis’ current standing on the Titans’ physically unable to perform list is the result of offseason surgery on a troublesome big toe, from which doctors had to remove a piece.

Indications are he’s fine and while the specifics of his timetable are unknown he should be on course to be ready for the season.


The first time we learned that Davis had a toe issue during 2019 was in February, when Taylor Lewan mentioned Davis played with turf toe on an episode of the “Bussin’ with the Boys” podcast. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So, with the opt-out deadline behind them and Vic Beasley at 10 days and $500,000 in fines for his failure to report, what recourse do the Titans have?


(Photo courtesy Atlanta Falcons.)

Presuming they are finished or soon to be finished waiting around for him and want to move on, here’s what they can lean on from the collective bargaining agreement with regard to the future of the free agent they signed to a guaranteed $9.5 million one-year deal in March.

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