Today’s training camp practice was closed to the public so all we can pass along is reports from the media who were there to cover the action (I will be back at camp tomorrow to bring more video and my own detailed notes). The big headline of the day was yet another ridiculous Corey Davis catch. This one is being called the best catch of training camp, as Davis continues to one-up himself day after day at Saint Thomas Sports Park. We will get to details about that catch later, but let’s start with an injury update.
Jack Conklin and Delanie Walker continued what looks to be a planned maintenance routine as they were held out of practice today. Kamalei Correa and Frank Herron were also reportedly missing from practice, but there haven’t been any reports of whether those were injuries or maintenance days for those guys.
[UPDATE: Terry McCormick is reporting that Herron was seen in a walking boot yesterday so it would seem that his absence was injury related. Still no news on any of the other guys that sat out.]
Dennis Kelly left practice early with what Jim Wyatt believes is a possible stomach bug and Nate Davis went inside during the final team period of the day. Turron Davenport thinks it might have been a dehydration issue with Davis who reportedly worked as the first team right guard again today. It doesn’t sound like either of those seem to be terribly serious concerns.
- Cameron Batson: On Injured Reserve with a broken collarbone. Unlikely to return until late in the season at the very earliest.
- Jurrell Casey, Jonnu Smith, Jeffery Simmons, Ryan Succop: I’m going to lump all these guys together as they remain on PUP.
- Derrick Henry: Missed practice again as expected. My guess is we don’t see him until the middle of next week at the earliest.
- A.J. Brown: Missed practice again. The timeline with Brown is less clear, but all signs point towards this being a relatively minor issue. Hopefully he is cleared to return soon.
I’ll skip the video section today as their weren’t many good videos available from this practice. The team dictates which periods can and cannot be taped by the media so that’s why you’ll see lots of videos some days and very few other days.
The team, of course, films everything and there is a pretty good chance that we will see the clip of the Davis catch released on the Titans official Twitter and Instagram later tonight, but for now we will have to settle for description. I’ll give you several accounts here because, if you’re like me, you’ll never grow tired of reading about this play.
Going to sound like a broken record, but Corey Davis is showing off. Ryan Tannehill tried to throw it away during goal line team period. Davis skied over Jayon Brown, Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler to snap it out of the air w/one hand and get BOTH feet in bounds. #TITANS— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 1, 2019
Corey Davis has the most impressive catch of #Titans camp@TheCDavis84 rises up in the back of the end zone, over 3 defenders, fully extends for a one-handed catch, lands tapping both feet in bounds.— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) August 1, 2019
Tannehill basically throwing it away.. Adoree, Butler & Jayon could do nothing
.@TheCDavis84 with the catch of the day again at @Titans camp. Went up and made crazy one-handed grab in back of end zone. Came during period of practice when videos not allowed. More later in observations from Day 6️⃣— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 1, 2019
I know that Titans fans are always wary of wide receiver hype — and with very good reason — but I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this training camp that Corey Davis is putting together. It’s not just the circus catches either. He’s consistently looked like the best player on the field and the mental errors from years past have not popped up. It’s early, but this is what you’d expect the lead up to a massive season to look like.
Elsewhere, the team continued to play with different offensive line combinations, opening with Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Nate Davis, and Austin Pasztor with the first team group.
Taylor Lewan opens at LT with the first team during team period. Rodger Saffold at LG. Ben Jones at center. Nate Davis at RG and Austin Pasztor at RT. #Titans— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 1, 2019
I believe this makes Davis the first of the potential starters at right guard to have two days as the primary starter at that spot. That may or may not mean anything about where he stands relative to others in that competition, but it’s good to see the rookie getting a good look with the top group already.
Kevin Pamphile also got some second team reps at left tackle. As I mentioned in my 53-man roster projection piece, Pamphile, Saffold, and Aaron Stinnie could all be potential emergency tackles during the first four weeks while Lewan serves his expected suspension. I would imagine that the Titans would prefer not to move Saffold since that would create a domino effect throughout the line, so Pamphile might be their best bet if they don’t keep Pasztor.
Turron Davenport’s always excellent takeaways are linked below and, as always, I’d encourage you to check out Jim Wyatt’s practice observations over on the team website.
A few takeaways from practice:— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 1, 2019
1. Corey Davis came up with the catch of camp during red zone team period. He made a leaping one-hand catch over three defenders and somehow got both feet down in the back of the end zone. Ryan Tannehill made the throw.
A few takeaways from Titans camp (cont'd):— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 1, 2019
4. DaQuan Jones did a good job resetting the line of scrimmage during team period. He also tracked down a screen pass to Dion Lewis behind the line of scrimmage.
5. Adoree Jackson broke up a couple of passes... https://t.co/0grqQQWHRT
[UPDATE: The Titans also made a couple minor roster moves today, releasing outside linebacker Gimel President and safety Jonathan Crawford to make room for new signings defensive lineman Chris Nelson and outside linebacker Jordan Williams.]
I’ll be back at camp again tomorrow with a full breakdown of the action coming here tomorrow afternoon!