Tennessee Titans: Notes From OTAs and Minicamp
The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up their offseason work, and there were things to take away from OTAs and mandatory minicamp.
The offseason is in full swing, and the Tennessee Titans have finished up their offseason work, with training camp the next big phase before preseason. With OTAs and minicamp in the books, let’s check in on what’s going on with the Two-Tone Blue.
- QB Marcus Mariota has a new base to throw from
- Kerry Coombs is the personal motivator we all need in our lives
- Rookie LB Rashaan Evans is behind the eight ball a little bit
- WR Taywan Taylor has drawn praise from the Titans’ WRs coach
- WR Jordan Veasy caught the surprised eyes of many onlookers in camp
- Titans add two players, cut two players to bring roster to 90 players
Let’s go through them in order.
OC Matt LaFleur’s primary responsibility is to continue Mariota’s development and get the most out of his mouthwatering potential. That work has already started, as LaFleur has begun tweaking Mariota’s technique from the waist down, instructing him to throw from a “wider base”. We’ll see if this leads to more accuracy from the signal caller, who threw one too many interceptions in 2017.
Defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs could end up being the best signing of the offseason. We all know about his track record at Ohio State, but his ability to motivate players, especially established veterans, could prove huge for a Titans secondary that hasn’t been elite in about a decade.
It’s very normal for a rookie to have a tough learning curve, especially an inside linebacker who will be tasked with leading the defense and defending in multiple ways and in multiple schemes. Fans shouldn’t worry about Evans not being “where he needs to be” to start on defense. Head coach Mike Vrabel himself said that it’s okay and that there’s time to improve.
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As the vice president of the Taywan Taylor Fan Club, it’s good news that he received some praise from new Titans WRs coach Rob Moore. Taylor didn’t have the impact many expected of him last season, but he wasn’t used in the ways that he consistently won in college. He’s in a battle for the Titans’ slot receiver position with Tajae Sharpe and others. He’s certainly more talented than his other competitors, but he needs to put it all together.
Veasy is an intriguing prospect due to his size and where he played in college. Veasy spent two season at Cal, playing a part-time role in both years. In his final season, he caught six touchdown passes. At 6-3, 225, Veasy provides a frame that the other Titans receivers simply don’t have, outside of Corey Davis. If Veasy continues to impress in practices throughout the offseason, he could secure a spot as the 5th or 6th receiver.
The Titans made a couple of roster moves at the end of minicamp, releasing WR Zach Pascal and DB Jeremy Boykins. They added WR Brandon Shippen and DB Jarell Carter in the process. Both are likely just camp bodies.