NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are still items in the notebook and quotes on tape that will show up in this space over the next six weeks. 

But as Titans’ veterans dispersed Thursday with minicamp over and the NFL’s real dead period begins, I wanted to offer a few thoughts…VrabelHuddleMH

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Efficient, disciplined, creative, physical: Offensive coordinator Todd Downing said it’s for others to decide or label the offense a Todd Downing Offense. For him, it’s the Tennessee Titans offense.

But as he wrapped up the official offseason, though rookies remain around, Mike Vrabel discussed just what he wants that side of the ball to be as it forges ahead under Downing.

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BudRehabNASHVILLE, Tenn. – There is only so much Bud Dupree’s been able to do so far as a pass rusher rehabilitating his repaired right ACL.

There is only so much he can feel the urgency of the holdovers from a group that produced a paltry 19 sacks in 2020.

The Titans’ big new addition to the pass rush group seems to have a really good feel for his place at this stage of his onboarding.

“Just being around them, being in meetings is different from being on the field,” Dupree said. “Being in meetings is different from being on the field as far as, you know, feeling the urgency, feeling the real pressure that's built up from those guys who (were) here last year. The chip on their shoulder is different from guys who are just getting here.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Like 28 other teams, the Titans will be part of a unified training camp curtain-raiser, reporting on July 27th.

But the fan experience will be different this summer, as construction of the team's new facility takes up the sideline where spectators were primarily positioned to watch practices at the team's MetroCenter practice facility.


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The team is still finalizing plans, but public access to training camp is likely to be extremely limited, if available at all.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With Shane Bowen now strictly working as defensive coordinator, Ryan Crow is coaching the Titans outside linebackers.


Rashad Weaver: Pool photo, George Walker, The Tennessean

It’s an important spot for the team’s youngest position coach and Monday was the first the Titans’ press corps heard from Crow, 33, who played linebacker at Bowling Green.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans dove into the pass rusher market. They upgraded a defensive line spot. They churned cornerback. They turned over right tackle. They made a huge move at wide receiver.

But at tight end?


Pool photo Alison McNabb, Titans

Jonnu Smith bolted for New England as a free agent and the team’s counter move was to sign a couple of undrafted free agents, Miller Forristall from Alabama and Briley Moore from Kansas State.

It’s been an odd off-season of inaction at the position for a franchise that traditionally leans heavily on it and that ran more two-tight end sets than any other last season.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The preface is mandatory: It just an organized team activity, with no hitting, with no tight coverage, with no real meaning. 

But pull back from the sidelines of the Tennessee Titans' practice facility in MetroCenter to the symbolism and there is much more significance.JulioJonesCatch3GW

Pool photo: George Walker, The Tennessean

Julio Jones drew plenty of attention, just not from cornerbacks gearing up to stop him at all costs. Every cell phone and camera was aimed at him for the early portion of practice fully open to the media. 

Mike Vrabel and Josh Reynolds answered questions predominantly about Jones, who himself spoke for the first time since he was dealt to the Titans.

Jones’ first work with the team was the NFL event of the day and the Titans' event of the off-season.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jon Robinson is not afraid to take on injury questions or risks, and the Titans aren’t put off by having to wait on guys who may be hurt.


At least five prime guys are coming off injuries that either ended their seasons early, required surgery or surgeries after their season ended, or both.

Let’s run down on who they are waiting on or may have cause to worry about, in order of concern.

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