The Titans returned to the practice field on Tuesday to mix the 2019 rookies with the veteran players for the first time.
The practice session, which ran from 11:35AM to 12:50PM local time, was closed to the public but open to the media. And the media got plenty of videos from today’s practice.
It’s just OTA’s, and this is the most optimistic time of the year, but it’s great to see the guys out there running around again, especially players who finished the season injured, like Delanie Walker and Marcus Mariota.
Check out some highlights from practice below...
Delanie Walker looks explosive coming off his gruesome leg injury suffered in Week 1 last season.
Here’s a clip of the running backs working on reads for the zone running scheme:
Working on footwork also:
Here’s the receivers doing individual drills:
Mariota getting his arm loose:
Receivers working with quarterbacks:
Mariota showing off superb downfield accuracy on these corner-post double moves.
The defense was out there working, too, of course.
Cameron Wake making an early impact.
Cameron Wake is large & in charge.— Emily Proud (@emily_proud) May 21, 2019
The "large" part is pretty self-explanatory, but today he took charge and did a lot of teaching. He's an asset in more ways than one for the #Titans. pic.twitter.com/i68wHaaiOd
The end of practice wasn’t the end of the day for everyone, as Corey Davis and A.J. Brown stayed on field after everyone else working on releases.
A handful of players did brief on-field interviews with media right after practice, including Brown, Walker, Adam Humphries and Taylor Lewan.
Wake, Mariota, and head coach Mike Vrabel held formal press conferences after practice.
Mariota protection solid after practice: From what I could tell everyone was approachable by media except Ryan Tannehill (maybe injury exceptions). We’ve yet to hear from new backup, who will speak formally next week. #Titans MM spoke of RT. pic.twitter.com/2n0qScGekQ— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) May 21, 2019
“Other people’s opinions don’t matter to me.” -Marcus Mariota— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 21, 2019
Mariota on if he has to change his approach going into 2019... pic.twitter.com/9AVIJdRXiJ
Interestingly, Vrabel made a statement about how ridiculous it was to even suggest that Mariota is anything but the starting quarterback.
Two strong comments from HC Mike Vrabel on @Titans QB Marcus Mariota after today's OTA:— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 21, 2019
On his commitment/character: "I love him as a person, and I love him as a player."
On if Ryan Tannehill's presence pushes Mariota: "His job is not in jeopardy." pic.twitter.com/gRYkCLcsFv
Jim Wyatt brings you his observations from Tuesday’s session...
Observations from Tuesday's @Titans OTA, which included the first look at @delaniewalker82 in uniform since last September.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 21, 2019
So, what else happened?
READ https://t.co/BKTClauxHr pic.twitter.com/TB6AqXf9OQ
And Luke Worsham of AtoZ Sports has an interesting piece on the budding relationship between A.J. Brown and Corey Davis...
OTAs will continue this week at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Stay tuned...