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In this edition, I run through much of what the position coaches discussed at the start of the week, hit on Bud Dupree's guilty plea to a misdemeanor assault charge and what it means with regard to the NFL's personal conduct policy, look again (won't we always) at the receivers and tell you about how Taylor Lewan put me in a bad spot with Racey McMath.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Periodically during their individual period, wide receivers won’t run routes, work on footwork or catch passes.

Instead, they will position themselves for blocks.

Rob Moore

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In Sunday’s practice, the Titans had two individual periods, one in the traditional slot near the start of practice and another in the middle.

Rob Moore used that additional period for blocking work. Players worked on a couple of different blocks coming off the line.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the team huddled to start practice, as position groups broke off and headed to their coaches, the Titans' second and third quarterbacks ran hard to their spot.

Logan Woodside got a good jump on Malik Willis, but the faster rookie ultimately closed the gap and overtook him.

Logan Woodside and Willis

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Could that prove symbolic of what will happen in the preseason and camp?

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Scout's take: A closer look at first action for Malik Willis, other Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It is exciting to watch a rookie athletic quarterback in the preseason. He usually shows his college skill set against a very vanilla defense that isn’t designed to defend against the player's strengths.

Malik Willis, the Titans’ third-round draft choice in 2022, got his chance to start the first preseason game.  

Malik Willis

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He had several exciting scrambles and improvised dump-off passes.

These types of plays bring great excitement to fans with the dreams and hopes of more of those plays driving the thought the player is ready for prime time.

But when the tape is broken down and evaluated the Titans coaching staff will see a lot of the same plays they

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Malik Willis reversed course in the backfield and ran for a 7-yard touchdown and threw a 48-yard strike to Racey McMath on a botched coverage in Baltimore during a 23-10 Titans’ loss to the Ravens.

The third-round rookie also made a nice sidearm throw to Tommy Hudson while rolling out to avoid linebacker Malik Harrison.

So Willis had some highlights in two-and-a-half quarters of work in his preseason debut, the Ravens' 21st consecutive preseason win.

Malik Willis

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It was an OK start for the rookie QB but even those good moments lacked the electricity the team anticipates he will ultimately bring and there really weren’t many other signs of it. He hit on six of 11 attempts for 107 yards while taking two sacks and he ran five times for 38 yards and the touchdown.

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NASHVILLE, TENN. – In Baltimore against the Ravens in the preseason opener, chances will come for low-level and short-lived stardom.

Here are candidates to show up tonight at M&T Bank Stadium while two teams sort through second- and third-teamers.

Terry Godwin

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WR Terry Godwin: In my eyes, the second-tier of receivers includes Dez Fitzpatrick, Josh Malone, Reggie Roberson, and Brandon Lewis as well as the more familiar Mason Kinsey and Cody Hollister. But a guy who’s gone somewhat unnoticed and came to the team with some NFL experience is Godwin. it would be better if he was bigger -- he is basically the same size as fifth-round slot receiver Kyle Philips. but there is definitely room for Godwin to make an impression.

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Mike Herndon: A statistical analysis on the impact of losing an elite receiver like A.J. Brown

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans' decision to trade star wide receiver A.J. Brown during the 2022 NFL draft has been the biggest narrative surrounding the team throughout the offseason. It’s the single thing that doubters of the team will point to when discounting Tennessee’s chances of competing in a loaded AFC.

A.J. Brown

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However, Brown is far from the first star receiver to change teams in recent years.

All-Pro receivers Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams were moved this offseason, and it generally seems to be a trend that is picking up steam. Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, Antonio Brown, and Odell Beckham Jr. are all Pro Bowl-level stars that have been moved within the last five years.

Mike Herndon at PaulKuharsky.com

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