NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tight ends, receivers and quarterbacks lined up not far from a goal line and took instruction from Todd Downing, the coordinator spelling out how things would work.

The installation period at Tuesday’s minicamp practice was like many the Titans run at practices.

Ryan Tannehill

While Downing spoke, Mike Vrabel interjected and before words were put into practice, Ryan Tannehill also delivered a message about how things should play out.

Then for maybe 10 minutes, the Titans' passing offense worked on one very specific thing – how two routes on the same side of the field combined in the red zone.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Good for Jeffery Simmons that he didn’t hide from questions at the Titans' mandatory minicamp.

Bad for Simmons that it amounted to wading through quicksand and brought no clarity to his situation.

Jeffery Simmons

His position coach said that Simmons is not hurt and both Terrell Williams and Mike Vrabel said Simmons was doing what the Titans have asked him to do, which amounts to heavy film work and a bit of conditioning.

We do not know for sure because the team, as usual, and Simmons prefer to leave huge space for speculation rather than offering something simple that few would have objections to. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Derrick Henry is known for the crazy array of elements that comprise his incredible workout

He was in his regular place at the front of the line of Tennessee Titans running backs at the first of three scheduled mandatory minicamp practices Tuesday, and spoke to the press for the first time since the team blew the AFC’s No 1 seed and home-field advantage in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Derrick Henry

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While he said the work has really been the same stuff, he has been working with the guy who did the surgery that repaired the Jones fracture in his right foot, inserting a metal plate and screws.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Through his three seasons playing for the Titans, A.J. Brown’s best skill was making explosive plays in the Tennessee passing game.

Since then, it’s been being a baby/diva on social media.

The receiver, now a member of the Eagles, got into a Twitter exchange in which he pronounced himself the team’s best receiver ever.

A.J. Brown

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He said franchise. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’s talking Titans and not Oilers/Titans, removing some awfully good run-and-shoot receivers in Ernest Givens, Drew Hill and Haywood Jeffries and two from earlier in Houston Oiler history, Ken Burrough and Charley Hennigan.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Things to feel great about for the Titans in early June:

Austin Hooper: The Titans only went a year thinking they could make things work without a legitimate No. 1 tight end, but somehow it feels like longer since Jonnu Smith left.

Austin Hooper

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You never want to overread anything in OTAs where there is no jamming or contact. But just on size and presence, Hooper can clearly play the part. At 6-foot-4, 254 pounds he’s got a bit of a size edge on Smith (6-3, 248) but he looks longer for sure.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maybe, inside Titans headquarters, Dillon Radunz gets doses of criticism from the team.

Maybe Mike Vrabel, Todd Downing or Keith Carter have been on him at times on him for his inability to seize the right tackle job. Right now, it’s not job-seizing time.

Publicly, the franchise works hard to say nice things about Radunz, and those have typically been about his versartility.

Keith Carter talks to Dillon Radunz

Titans offensive line coach Keith Carter instructions Dillon Radunz (75).

Not since Jon Robinson’s first second-round pick, Kevin Dodd in 2016, have expectations been lower for the second year of a second rounder.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ passing offense disappointed too often last season.

It ranked 23rd in the NFL and had 10 games under 200 yards passing. It regularly started slowly.

Then on draft day, the Titans traded away their one explosive receiver, A.J. Brown, drafting Traylon Burks to help fill the void.

Tim Kelly

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But another big addition is Tim Kelly, who Mike Vrabel coveted as offensive coordinator in 2021 when Arthur Smith left a void at the spot when he became head coach of the Falcons. Kelly was not able to leave his post in Houston and Vrabel promoted Todd Downing, who didn’t have a great debut.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Congratulations on making it to Memorial Day Weekend.

May it be filled with late mornings, full days, no thoughts of work and fitting tributes for those who died protecting and serving our country.

Treylon Burks

Here is the best of the mail that came in.

Adam Alsup Where do you stand on Burks? Do you believe he is out of shape or was just having allergy/pollen issues as stated? It is concerning to me that he is struggling to make it through practice.

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