The Tennessee Titans broke mini-camp on Thursday afternoon leaving everyone concerned looking forward to July 30th when the regular season will get underway with training camp, a preseason start against the Atlanta Falcons and the regular season opener against Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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"“I think he progressed every day,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s a credit to him and the way he works and Coach [Mark] Helfrich at Oregon really did a nice job in preparing him.“I thought he did a great job from where here started. He did a great job the first day he came out here. But I think he’s more comfortable. It’s obvious when he’s comfortable, he plays a little faster.”"
We’ve reached the end of minicamp, which marks the start of NFL downtime, until we hit next month’s training camp and the grind of the 2015 season.
Before the NFL teams broke minicamp, many players were likely asked to assess their squad and how this season could go.
"“I say we go (at least) .500,” Walker said, via The Tennessean. “I don’t want to make Super Bowl predictions, but we should be a great team.”"
The Tennessee Titans defense struggled as a whole in 2014. Cornerback Jason McCourty was once again the lone bright spot at the cornerback position. He started all 16 games, finishing with 85 combined tackles, 11 passes defensed, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
McCourty’s signature play of the 2014 season was stripping former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson of the ball, picking it up and running 62 yards for the score. This would mark the second consecutive season that McCourty had a forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown of over 60 yards . . . all on the same play.
Still, the rookie is ready for a break.
Mariota wraps up his first NFL offseason Thursday with the final day of the Titans’ three-day minicamp and six weeks of work learning a new offense and new teammates. Crammed in that time was a trip to Los Angeles for a NFL Players Association rookie event in late May.
He now faces six weeks before the Titans report July 30 for training camp, and Mariota said Wednesday he plans to find a balance between studying and resting.
Thompson missed all three days of this week’s minicamp after saying he had knee soreness. Thursday he said his knee still hurts and indicated he could need surgery.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt, meanwhile, has said Thompson’s knee injury was a bit of a mystery. Thompson had practiced throughout the offseason with no issues.
The disagreement clearly contributed to the split.
Dorial Green-Beckham knows he has to be in “great situations” the next six weeks – Josh Alper Pro Football Talk
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was among those coaches and a player who had a hard time keeping clear of bad situations in college says he took the words to heart. Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham fell to the Titans in the second round of this year’s draft largely because of the off-field incidents that halted his career at the University of Missouri and said Thursday that he’s received the message about how to spend the time off before camp.
NFL Nation reporter Paul Kuharsky assesses which players on the Titans could earn a starting berth this season.