Mike Herndon: The Titans' terminology shift under Tim Kelly

Mike Herndon: The Titans' terminology shift under Tim Kelly

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We know that there are going to be changes in the Titans offense in 2023 under new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. Ryan Tannehill referred to them as “huge” changes during his first press availability back on May 3rd and specifically mentioned new terminology and new concepts.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly speaks before an OTA practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
Tim Kelly/ © Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

The new terminology part of that comment perked my ears up at the time it was made. New concepts are a reality for every offense every offseason in the ever-adapting world of NFL offense (yes, even in Tennessee), but new terminology and “huge” changes… that is a more significant development.

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Only three Titans absent from phase three of OTAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just three of 89 Titans stayed away from the team’s open practice session Tuesday, the second of phase three of voluntary organized team activities.

Kevin Byard, Kristian Fulton and Denico Autry were not at team headquarters.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) stretches during an OTA practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
Derrick Henry/ © Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

Six others were not on the field but were inside dealing with varying degrees of injuries: Caleb Farley (back), Monty Rice, Harold Landry (ACL recovery), Dillon Radunz (ACL recovery), Trevon Wesco and Sam Okuayinonu.

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How Treylon Burks overcame a delayed flight, sold out rental cars to get to Titans OTAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Treylon Burks was determined to be at Titans’ headquarters Monday morning at 8 a.m. for the first day of phase three of OTAs.

But his travel plans fell apart.

Treylon Burks
 Treylon Burks and pilot Zach Davis

His American Airlines flight to Dallas from Northwest Arkansas National Airport in Bentonville, Ark. was delayed until after 9 a.m., which meant he would miss his connection to Nashville, and Walmart leased every rental car in the area until Thursday. 

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Titans mail: This year's approach, the CB crowd, negativity, kickers and more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hey hey as we say.

Hope you've got a big weekend ahead. Memorial Day is pending, which is tremendous.

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Podcast: The Calloused Titans

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans are talking about how their offseason work is getting them calloused, and that sounds great.

But everything about the way they work has to be considered through the lens of injuries after two brutal years of losing too many players for too much time.

That's a big piece of this week's podcast.

The new episode awaits you on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and YouTube, which is below.

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Other subjects I dive into:

💥 The importance of Treylon Burks
💥 The big car chase
💥 Early Will Levis
💥 Side hustles
💥 Win totals

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Mike Herndon's too-early Titans' 53-man roster projection

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Let me start by acknowledging the fact that it’s entirely too early to truly project the 53 players who will make the Titans' initial active roster on August 29th. The team’s official organized team activities (OTAs) with veterans joining the rookie class on the practice field for the first time just within the last few days.

Aug 28, 2021; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans corner back Caleb Farley (3) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Caleb Farley/ © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

However, I like to use this type of format as a good tool to examine the roster as a whole and get a good feel for the depth at various position groups and where interesting battles may begin to emerge over the next few months.

So, let’s jump into the roster with my projected 53 as of today.

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Titans' Treylon Burks stayed in Nashville all offseason to avoid summer issues

Treylon Burks
  Treylon Burks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The time away and the personal trainer that many players choose after the season was not the path for Treylon Burks.

Coming out of an up-and-down rookie that showed promise along with plenty of room for growth, the 18th pick in the 2022 draft who was thrust into high expectations because the selection was part of the A.J. Brown trade has been at the Titans facility since he started his offseason training.

Last year he fell out of the first of two open practices of rookie minicamp, which is when we first saw an inhaler and started asking questions about asthma and fitness level. It took some time before Rob Moore said Burks had asthma. Then the receiver didn’t participate in minicamp and the Titans measured his training camp usage. [Unlocked]

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Will Levis, Josh Whyle end Titans' minicamp practice with pretty connection

Will Levis
  Will Levis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The final play of the Titans' rookie minicamp practice perfectly encapsulated such a session.

To hear the players involved and Mike Vrabel tell it, Will Levis, the team’s new hope at quarterback, connected with the new 6-foot-7 tight end, Josh Whyle, who rose among a closing crowd to pluck it and pull it down.

“I’m just trying to do all the right things, be in the right spots at the right times and try to make the quarterback look good,” Whyle said. “That’s all I can ask for. Just show great effort. 

How was the ball placement? [Unlocked]

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