Today the Titans were finally in full pads, and that makes for a much more interesting practice. It was hot today, but it was easily the most crowded of any of the day practices so far, and the players gave the fans a pretty entertaining afternoon. My thoughts after the jump.
- Chris Henry was the victim of several big hits today. In 7 on 7's, he caught a pass out in the flat and immediately got absolutely destroyed by CB Cary Williams. Then during the goal line session, on separate plays Steven Tulloch and Larry Birdine took turns laying the wood to him. But the Cary Williams shot was pure "Jacked Up" gold. Henry did have one really nice run right up the middle that would have probably gone the distance in a real game setting.
- Today was a very good day for wide receivers. Nate Washington looked fantastic, making several catches against Cortland Finnegan including a beautiful bomb from Kerry Collins. Lavelle Hawkins had a great day as well. He went up for a ball over the middle, absorbed a pretty good shot from a line backer (Ryan Fowler, I believe) and still held onto the ball. He also caught a nicely thrown deep ball from Patrick Ramsey over newly acquired CB DeMarcus Faggins. Hawkins showed off his ample physical skills, and if he can just keep his head in the game he would be a great asset in the passing game.
- DT Jovan Haye looked like he is beginning to settle in quite well. He was a real force in the middle of the field goal blocking unit and showed some very impressive strength in the one on one drills.
- Quinton Ganther showed off some power at Vincent Fuller's expense and ran right through him.
- CB Tanard Davis jumped a post route and picked off a pass from Patrick Ramsey.
- Alge Crumpler may not be much of receiving weapon anymore, but he has to be one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, and he proved it today against Kyle Vanden Bosch. The two put on quite a show this afternoon, with both of them going all out and getting the better of the other at various points.
- DT Kevin Vickerson and G Doug Datish had to be separated at one point. Nothing really nasty occurred, mainly just some extra shoving, but it's amazing how putting on full pads raises everyone's intensity level.
- DE William Hayes appeared to injure his left knee toward the end of practice.