Tennessee Titans will have open training camp practices, with a catch

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For the last three years, the Tennessee Titans have had their training camp practices behind closed doors, but that is going to change in 2022.

Jim Wyatt has been saying that the Titans were going to have at least some of the training camp practices open for fans this year, which has obviously gotten fans excited. However, it seems like it isn’t going to be quite as easy and accessible as it has been in the past.

According to his final June mailbag, he wrote this:

"“I feel like I need to continue to mention training camp is not going to be wide-open like it has it has in years past. I know I’ve probably mentioned this a half-dozen times in recent weeks, but I just don’t want fans to be surprised and disappointed. Again, there will be days with fans in attendance, some days with selected groups, season ticket members, etc., but it’s going to be very limited because of the parking issues and new construction. Anyone saying camp will be ‘open to the public’ is misleading the fans because it creates an expectation that’s not going to be the reality. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.”"

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So, if you look at that explanation it is clear that the concern is just about getting everyone in and out of the practice area safely and efficiently. In the past, there has been a parking lot that fans could park in before they walked over to the practice field, but after three years of construction, it seems like that is no longer the case.

I assume this will get rectified in the future, but for the 2022 training camp, it appears that there will be a limit on how many people are invited/allowed to attend.

The good news is that this will be the first time that fans have been able to watch rookies and free-agent additions in a long time, and there is plenty to pay attention to. Fans will be able to look at the starting offensive line combinations, watch Malik Willis, and monitor the progress of young skill position players like Treylon Burks, Kyle Philips, and Chig Okonkwo.

In the past, Titans players gave autographs after random practices, and fans were rewarded for going to every training camp practice with new players signing memorabilia. Whether or not that system is still intact will be interesting because limited player availability combined with limited chances for fans could end up leaving some unhappy collectors without autographs from their favorite player.

It will be interesting to follow Jim Wyatt and his coverage of this as we get closer and closer to training camp, but fans can all rejoice knowing that they are going to be able to see the players with their own eyes this preseason instead of trying to break down cryptic Mike Vrabel responses about who the Tennessee Titans starting left guard is.