It was a disappointment this weekend when instead of reading interesting news about the Tennessee Titans and their first real scrimmage. However, instead we all got the information that the Titans would be delaying the scrimmage until Monday due to weather.
While that is a bummer it did give me time to write this post on what I want to see most from this practice.
It was too hard to pick just one, so here are my quick bullet points on what I would view as a really nice day.
Jason McCourty makes an appearance
I have heard all summer that Jason McCourty looks good, but no one has pointed out anything in particular. Is he making plays? Is he sticky in coverage? Is he lining everyone up? What is he doing that makes him this team’s clear number one corner?
I have always been a fan of McCourty’s and I still believe that he is that guy, but for a team desperate for answers at CB, there really hasn’t been any great news from McCourty.
Jack Conklin shows off
Steady. That is the word that has been used over and over again to describe rookie right tackle Jack Conklin. I don’t have an issue with steady, in fact I think a steady right tackle could make this team very good.
However, I want him to be more than steady. He has been very good in one-on-one drills and I would like to see him come in and hold his own with some of the veteran EDGE players on this team. I would also like to see him dominate rotational guys like David Bass, Deiontrez Mount and Nate Palmer too.
Rishard Matthews makes a play
I think that we have heard a ton about Tajae Sharpe this offseason, which is great. I hope that the Titans have too many great players on the outside and can’t figure out who to start in a good way.
However, while Matthews has been great by all accounts he is another person that has really suffered from having someone across from him getting more attention. I would like to see Marcus Mariota hit him in stride and have him take a good angle and really gash the defense during this scrimmage.
Derrick Henry gets in the open field
I am a huge fan of Henry and I don’t know why people seem to think he is this lumbering fullback wearing a running back’s number. He is laterally agile and he has great top end speed.
While he may never be a great outside runner like Chris Johnson was, he is someone that can run outside and then force you to square up and tackle him instead of getting run over. I would like to see Henry come in and move the chains easily inside and then break on to the outside once the linebackers start to over pursue him to the center.
I believe that Henry is the long term plan for this team at running back and this scrimmage could be the first time that we see those flashes in the NFL.