The Tennessee Titans completed day one of their mandatory three day mini-camp on Tuesday with a spirited practice under temperatures that reached as high as 97 degrees, but felt like 104 by the end of the session.
It was a day that saw no players suffer apparent injuries, though there could well be some sore bodies from the days work.Players commented repeatedly about the heat, with one player saying he lost 10 pounds during the two sessions on Tuesday.
MULARKEY HAPPY WITH WORK AND IMPROVEMENT DAY ONE
Head coach Mike Mularkey spoke with the media following the practice that was cut short by a rain storm that came into the area, and was pleased with the effort and work done by his team. You can see the video of his opening statement and the remainder of his comments in other videos posted to the site.
"We started over with the install period- in mini-camp after doing the install in OTA's- and it's a little more of a mass of information thrown at them this morning, and obviously had a fast practice this morning and a walk through this afternoon," said Mularkey. "They got really two full installs in a day and we saw how they retained it because this is what we did in the first of OTA's so it was good. They did really good."
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS GET FIRST LOOK AT TITANS PRACTICE
A group of Titans season ticket holders were invited to watch the team's first mini-camp practice on Tuesday. While there was no official attendance given, an estimate of 300 to 400 fans that braved the high temperatures to watch the team go through their one hour and forty-five minute practice.
Those fans were treated to a picnic type lunch where hot dogs were served along with chips and drinks.
HENRY RUNNING OVER HIS OWN TEAMMATE
Derrick Henry has been impressive so far in the way he has worked and ran during the team's three weeks of OTA's and that impressive performance continued on day one of the teams three day mandatory mini-camp.
Henry however made his biggest impression to date when midway through the practice as the team conducted eleven-on-eleven drills with the fist team offense facing the first team defense, the rookie running back laid a lick on his offensive teammate, guard Quinton Spain.
Spain, who was blocking on the play appeared to be pushed in the hole where Henry was running the play, but rather than stopping, Henry plowed forward, striking Spain as the two players helmets collided causing a loud pop that a drew loud response from the crowd on hand. Spain upon impact was knocked sideways and out of Henry's path as the running back continued downfield.
Almost immediately Spain was seen shaking his head as he walked away from the collision, and the second year pro talked about his teammate following the practice.
"He brought that 245 (pounds) and every bit of it," said Spain with a laugh. "That's the fist time I've collided with him and I'm never supposed to collide with another offensive man, but it just happened."
Spain said he and Henry had not spoken following the collision.
"No, we did talk after, but I'm going to holler at him though," Spain said still laughing.
SHARPE GETTING MORE NOTICE
Rookie wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has impressed those who have watched him through the team's OTA portion of the off season program. He has impressed so much that he has been taking reps with the first team offense.
That trend continued on Tuesday as Sharpe once again worked with the first unit early in the Tuesday practice where Sharpe once again impressed both fans and media in attendance.
That impression was not limited however to fans and media.
General manager Jon Robinson was once again on the field, as he has been for every practice session so far, and Robinson made a special effort to congratulate Sharpe personally following a leaping, acrobatic catch from his rookie draft pick.
For his part, Sharpe downplayed the whole thing.
"It's nice to have him notice me, but that's just what I'm supposed to do, catch the football," said Sharpe.
ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO
Tuesday's practice was the first of three mandatory OTA practices with the second and third practices coming on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
The team will them embark on their final vacation before the start of training camp as players will report to camp on July 29, with the first practice scheduled for July 30th.
In years past, the opening day of training camp has been open to the public, but that schedule of open practices has not yet been released.
Stay here for updates and the entire practice schedule including those open to the public once it is released by the team in the coming weeks.