Day one of the 2016 Tennessee Titans training camp is in the books and there were several things of note from the first practice as the team gets to work in preparation for the upcoming season.
Coming off a 3-13 season and having registered just five wins in the previous two seasons combined, this is a team that needs improvement, and the new look roster where over forty percent of the roster is new from a season ago. Day one would score a passing grade from those who witnessed it .
MULARKEY HAPPY WITH EFFORT ON DAY ONE
Head coach Mike Mularkey was pleased with the efforts of his team on the first day of training after returning from a five-week break since mini-camp.
"I was pretty pleased with the first day, I mean it was really a lot of energy, guys were flying around and it was fun to have the fans out here," said Mularkey. "It was a great turnout by the fans and I felt like they were really into it and I felt like we reppresented very well for the first day."
"It was two solid practices, (a morning walk through earlier in the day) I felt like we got a lot done."
OFFICIALS GET LIGHT WORKOUT
The officials were once again present on the field during the afternoon practice to help the team focus on the details of their game, and it was a slow day for the men in stripes as there were few penalties on day one.
"I was very pleased and I believe it was the fewest number we've had in the 2016 season was today," stated Mularkey, "It was good to see, really good."
HE MIGHT NOT BE A PRO-BOWLER ANYMORE BUT ANDRE JOHNSON SHOWED HE HAS SOMETHING LEFT ON DAY ONE
Andre Johnson signed a free-agent deal with the Titans on Friday after arriving in town at 9 p.m. and meeting with Mularkey before checking into the team hotel for the night. The 14-year veteran was on the field for both the morning walk through and afternoon practice with the team, and he did not disappoint.
After posting a Hall of Fame worthy career during his twelve years stay with division rival Houston. He spent last season with another division rival in Indianapolis where he recorded just 41 receptions with the Colts in what many thought would be his last season in the NFL.
Those 41 receptions would have lead all Titans wide outs in 2015, but now Johnson will competed for a spot in the roster with the Titans.
Mularkey spoke of his newest receiver following the practice.
"Well, I've seen that before (from Johnson) but unfortunately we weren't on the same sideline," joked Mularkey. "I thought he looked good in these colors, I know that for sure."
"It was really nice to see those plays made. That's what we need to be successful, make some plays - big plays," said Mularkey.. " You know, that's what he's been doing his whole career."
MARIOTA STREAKING AGAIN
Everyone who follows the Titans remembers the buzz surrounding Mariota's impressive streak of 230 camp passes in a row before he threw his first interception.
Well he's at it again, though he should have been picked today, (more on that in another story) but day one for the second year quarterback will officially go down in the unofficial record books as interception free.
JOHNSON WANTS TO FORGET FINNEGAN FIGHT
Andre Johnson spoke with the Nashville media following practice. It was the first time meeting with those in his new city,
Of course one of the topic that came up was the well-publicized fight with former Titans corner back Courtland Finnegan that occurred in Houston in 2010.
"It happened years ago man, that's over with," said Johnson who seemed disinterested in even remembering that event.
TITANS SPEED THE TEMPO WITH STRETCHING MUSIC
The Titans began using large speakers two seasons ago to blast music around the practice fields during the warm-up and stretching portion at the beginning of practice. Today;s selections featured some classic tunes.
James Brown - Get Up Off That Thing
Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
Michael Jackson - PYT (Pretty Young Thing)
The Titans will take the field at 2:40 Sunday afternoon, the practice is open to the public.