The excitement was evident on Thursday as the Titans ended their three days of mandatory mini-camp with an abbreviated practice on a relatively cool day at St. Thomas Sports Park.
After two days of sweltering heat and humidity, day three brought some cloud cover and lower temperatures along with a breeze for the team to concluded the final portion of the offseason work before training camp begins July 30.
Players were excited to be able to have the next six weeks off, though for rookies they must now head to the rookie symposium in Aurora, Ohio next week, then back to Nashville for two days before being granted their release next Friday.
The message from head coach Ken Whisenhunt to his players was clear.
”Don’t put yourself in position to get in trouble,” said Whisenhunt in his post practice comments to the media.
The Titans avoided the police blotter last season at this time, and it has been a while since they faced such a situation during this time period.
Recently released running back Shonn Greene was the last Titans player to land in trouble with the law, thought that incident took place during last season.
Rookie fifth round running back David Cobb has a simple plan for his time away.
”I don’t have much going on, just staying in shape in the weight room and seeing my family for a while before we get back to it,” said Cobb. “I’ll be down in Dallas with my cousin (Cowboys 4th round selection Damien Wilson) who got drafted by the Cowboys so we’re going to train together.”
The team returns to Nashville on July 30th for the start of training camp with the first item on the agenda is the dreaded conditioning test.