Let's kick this off with three observations from yesterday's practice. Jim Wyatt tells us that Quinton Spain is looking to hold onto the starting role at left guard. Tretola is slowly creeping up behind him, and Mularkey has even said that Sebastian will be seeing some time with the first team this week. Another player Mularkey is looking to work with the first team is safety Kevin Byard. The team is very pleased with Byard, and he has done everything they thought he could. Wright, Cox, and Gallik are still out with injuries, and the plan is still so have the starters play for half of the game against the Raiders.
The Titans are expecting misdirection plays to help out Murray and Henry. The team has been implementing a more powerful running game since the off-season began. Murray and Henry are both physical runners, and that has been evident during the preseason. The plan is to throw in misdirection plays, every now and then, to keep the opposing defense on their toes.
Mariota is working on improving his deep passing game. According to PFF (which sucks by the way) said his accuracy on passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air was 16.2 percent lowest in the league. His accuracy has shown much improvement so far during these training camp sessions. Newcomers Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe should also lend a hand in helping the deep passing game as well. Short, long, medium, whatever it is I don't care as long as someone catches the dang thing.
Quick Hit: Tight End Dennis Kelly?
"Smorton" tweeted me an article yesterday, and I have a feeling many will find it interesting. It is on Tajae Sharpe, and dates back to September 2015. The article gives a bit of a scouting report, what a scout has to say about him, and then leads into an interview with him.
Q: If you had to narrow it down to one trait, what do you think is the most important aspect of being an effective receiver?
A: I would say the number one job is to catch the ball so using your hands and finishing catches, that's most important. And route running, you have to get open. That's the two biggest things.
That's all for today. Happy reading!