A quick reminder for what you should hope to see from Tennessee Titans minicamp.
The Tennessee Titans started their three day (who are we kidding, two day) mandatory minicamp today.
With notes and news pouring in, it seems like a good time to remind everyone what you should be hoping to see and why. These are the most important things to take away from these practices.
Just. Stay. Healthy. That is the most important thing about these practices is that everyone leaves them healthy or as healthy as they came in. You don’t win games in June, so while you want to see the 1s match up with the 1s you have to understand that you need to sacrifice that for health.
Small guys should thrive
You are going to see almost no contact so the smaller players who win with finesse, technique and speed should all be winning most of their matchups.
Are guys conditioned, do they understand the playbook, do they look comfortable, are they being leaders? All of these questions are going to get asked and the more boxes these guys check the better, though the real test won’t come until late July.
With A.J. Brown resting his hamstring (which seems like just a precaution) now is the perfect time to hear more about Amani Hooker, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, David Long, Derrick Roberson, Alex Barnes, and D’Andre Walker (if he practices).
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The offense is missing Rodger Saffold, Jack Conklin, Jonnu Smith, A.J. Brown and Delanie Walker. On top of that they are installing a semi-new offense while trying to rest guys that need to rest, meaning that the consistency and continuity isn’t going to be there yet.
An aggressive defense like the Tennessee Titans unit that is loaded with playmakers should be feasting on this indecision. You rarely want to see the defense beat up on the offense, but this is the time where you almost need to expect it.
Can the offense get better for the Titans from Tuesday to Wednesday? Is Arthur Smith going to treat this like a game planning week and make adjustments that benefit the offense or does he have a checklist of things that he is trying to get on tape over these 48 hours and he will judge the execution on tape over the summer?
It isn’t a huge piece of information, but it will be interesting to see what (if anything) changes over the next day.
Potential areas of need
We were almost promised by Jim Wyatt that the Titans wouldn’t sign any free agents until after the OTAs were over. Well, we are likely 24 hours from that deadline and the question remains, are the Titans going to try to make another addition to the team?
This is the last stretch of time where you can bring a guy in and really give him the right amount of time to really learn the playbook and get chemistry between he and the rest of the team.
As far as I can tell, there are a few good names left on the table, the Ringer did a good job listing some here including these names:
–Donald Penn, OT (starting OT with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Jon Robinson was there in 2013)
–Nick Perry, EDGE (played 2 years with Jurrell Casey at USC)
–Corey Liuget, DT (obviously the weakest position on the field without Jeffery Simmons healthy)