The Titans will be on the field this morning for their 10th practice of training camp. At this point we have started to see some trends emerge in what has basically been 2 weeks of practice. Here are some things I think we have learned:
Malcolm Butler was worth the money.
Sure, we haven’t seen him play a down yet in a football game, but he is out there making plays every single day. Not only that, but he has brought an energy to camp that seems to be infectious. Butler is the new guy on the block, but he has come right in and fit in with a position group that seems to be the tightest of any on the roster. A big money free agent isn’t always a tone-setter, but Butler has been just that.
Corey Davis is going to be a star in this offense.
Davis’s talent has never been a question. We saw what he could do last year when healthy. This summer he has been healthy, knock on wood, and is making plays every day. There have been some drops at times, but he seems to come back really well from those on the next play. The sky is the limit for this guy.
Taywan Taylor is going to play the X.
Last year Taylor was a slot guy. That’s not going to be the case in this offense. It will be interesting to see what the wide receiver rotation looks like when Rishard Matthews comes back from whatever injury he has, but so far Taylor has taken pretty much 100% of his snaps on the outside.
We are going to learn nothing about injured players until a week 1 injury report is due.
Mike Vrabel said this weekend that he isn’t required to give an injury report until week 1, so there would be zero information on guys that are being held out. As I said above, we have no idea what Rishard’s injury is. Rashaan Evans has missed more than a week with what Vrabel called “heat related issues” the day it happened, but that obviously isn’t the case.*
Deontay Burnett should have gotten drafted.
Everyone is going to fall in love with Burnett, and granted, he is out there making plays every day. However, I have to caution you with what I told Mike on Twitter the other day:
#1 commandment as a #Titans fan: Thou shalt not fall in love with a UDFA WR. You will only get your heart broken— Jimmy Morris (@jmorrisMCM) July 28, 2018
You don’t need me to go through the list of guys that we have fallen in love with in training camp that didn’t pan out, but who remembers Biren Ealy, Roydell Williams, Courtney Roby, and Tre McBride?
With all of that being said, Burnett is obviously a guy that should have been drafted. He has some skills. To make this roster he is going to have to prove he can contribute on special teams. That will be something to watch in the preseason.
*More on Evans later today.