The Tennessee Titans hosted a reported 2,450 fans at St. Thomas Sports Park for day two of the 2016 training camp, and it was a hot afternoon for all in attendance. A warning for future fans who are attending training camp this summer, eat something and hydrate with lots of water before attending practices, as there were a couple fans who fell out and required medical attention on Sunday.
As for the team and their work on the field, there were not as many highlights on Sunday as there was the previous day, but the team did get in some good work.
GREEN-BECKHAM STRUGGLED SUNDAY
Dorial Green-Beckham was a standout on Satruday both physically and with his play on the field, but that wasn't the case on day two, Green-Beckham struggled with drops on Sunday, the thing that haunted him last season and once again stunted his day,
Unofficially, DGB was given four drop on the day, and he and Marcus Mariota suffered a miscommunication on another route where DGB ran an in-cut while the ball was delivered outside.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
Backup quarterback Matt Cassel was part of the offensive play of the day when he went deep down the right side to a wide open Kendall Wright who had turned around rookie corner Kalan Reed in coverage for a 60 yard scoring play.
For his part Reed credited the veteran receiver for a spectacular move to shake free.
"He set me up and turned me around quick," said Reed. "I went on first move and he was by me. He's good and he worked me over on that one."
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
Outside linebacker David turned in the defensive play of the day when he deflected a Cassel pass into the air, the tipped it a second time before catching it and turning up field for a return for a touchdown.
"I got a hand on it and tipped it, then when I realized it was still up I tipped it again and was able to catch it." said Bass. "I couldn't believe there was nobody around and I was just running down a wide open sideline."
Mularkey praised Bass in his post-practice comments.
" It's nice to have him back. I know the question is about Derrick Morgan, but David Bass came in to replace him last year, and David Bass made a great play out here today with the breakup, the interception, probably for a score. His level of play has gone up, so now you're talking about we've got two bookends with Derrick being back—and he looks really good. We're being smart about it, but he looks really good. You've got (Kevin) Dodd, who I'm hoping is going to be back in the next couple days, and David Bass. So we've got some depth at that position, which we didn't feel like we had last year."
JOHNSON PROVING HE CAN PLUG THE MIDDLE
Rookie nose tackle Austin Johnson is a big man, but rookies often struggle on the defensive interior against veteran linemen who are stronger and more experienced. That's not been the case, or so it seems for Johnson so far.
For the second practice in a row, Johnson has been credited with a batted pass at the line of scrimmage, this time getting Mariota after stuffing Cassel on Saturday.
Johnson is still learning, but he is tall and sees over opposing linemen and is showing a knack for getting his hands up. That's a play that can't be overlooked for its value and if Johnson can continue it will be a big benefit for this defense.
Earlier today I wrote about Derrick Morgan and his goal for this defense to be the top defense in the NFL. This afternoon his defensive mate Avery Williamson seconded that goal.
"Yes I believe we can do it," stated Williamson. "We were No. 3 overall early in the season but then for whatever reason we got tired and it fell off, but we have the talent and now depth to get there and stay there this time."
RUN MARCUS RUN
One of the loudest cheers from the crowd on Sunday came when Mariota, on a designed run play went around left end and found himself streaking down the sideline in a footrace with Daimion Stafford who had the angle on the play.
On the run, Mariota stuck his foot sharply in the ground and proceeded to show a Deion Sanders stride much to the delight of the crowd.
"It's going to be the game plan. We're going to obviously take what the defense is going to give us when we're playing against them. If we see something that's not going to expose him that we have guys to block players—we're not going to leave anybody unblocked for the plays we're going to design," said Mularkey. "So there's no set number of runs, but if we can—I mean you talk about a threat, a serious threat and a problem for defenses, it's him running."
TITANS SUFFER RETIREMENT
Terrell Lathan, an undrafted rookie defensive end from Texas Christian University who was on the roster during OTA's and mini-camp failed to report on Friday and informed the team that he had chosen to retire from football.
Day two saw the musical styling change from Saturday as it became a mix.
Arrested Developement- Tennessee
Florida-Georgia Line- It's Just What We Do
NonPoint- In The Air Tonight
The Titans face a short turnaround for Monday's practice that is set for 8:55 on Monday morning. It is open to the public,