The Tennessee Titans practiced for the fifth time in training camp on Thursday morning, and there were some standouts in the secondary.
The Tennessee Titans were back at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Thursday morning after a day off. Two rookies and two second-year players were the main talking points, for good reasons or bad ones. Read on to see what happened today.
The main news out of today’s practice session was not of a good variety. The Titans’ fifth overall pick went down after 1-on-1 drills and walked off the field gingerly. He went into the facility with trainers. A later update from head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed that Davis injured his hamstring and will undergo an MRI soon.
Before going down, Davis was reportedly destroying whoever he came up against face-to-face in 1-on-1’s. Even top cornerback Logan Ryan fell victim to Davis’ crisp routes.
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Last year’s “Mr. Irrelevant”, Reed was a staple on the Titans practice squad during his rookie year, but is competing for the fifth cornerback spot in 2017. So far, so good. Reed continues to be mentioned constantly in reports from training camp, and he’s been used as both a cornerback and safety. Today, while working as a corner in 1-on-1’s, Reed picked off Alex Tanney. It’s just another positive impression for Reed to make on the coaching staff as he tries to secure a spot on the active roster. The talent he showed off in college appears to be shining through in his second season.
Ryan and LeShaun Sims are currently entrenched as the Titans’ starting cornerbacks, with Brice McCain the starter at slot cornerback (for the time being). But today, Jackson got an opportunity to run with the ones. He made an instant impact, picking off Marcus Mariota (Mariota’s second INT of camp) immediately. Jackson is going to go through some growing pains in his rookie season, but he can do something not many other Titans cornerbacks could consistently last season: intercept passes.
Today was Henry’s day to shine. First-string running back DeMarco Murray got the day off for rest and recuperation (he tweaked his hamstring before today, but was held out as precaution), so Henry handled most of the workload in the backfield. According to Terry McCormick, Henry was a “battering ram” for most of the day. Later on towards the end of practice, with Murray coming out to watch the final portion of the session, Henry high-pointed a throw from Marcus Mariota and caught the ball 20 yards downfield over cornerback Curtis Riley.