It was another steamy day at St. Thomas Sports Park for the Tennessee Titans and their fans who braved the heat for the first morning practice .the third of training camp 2016 and the first in full pads for the players.
Reviews were mixed on day three as some players stepped forward that had not been heard from so far, while some others had what is described as average days and some other players bounced back on Monday. Here's our look at the highlights from day three- day one in pads.
PADS POPPING, SLOWLY
Day one in pads brought about the expectation of some pads popping and hard contact, and while there was some of that, overall there was a limited amount of contact on day one in pads It was perhaps a bit disappointing to fans in attendance who were hoping for some more hitting today.
Head coach Mike Mularkey was one who gave mixed reveiws as according to him, things were "unacceptable" early but then turned around as practice progressed.
" It got better, I'll say that. It was not acceptable early on, especially in the early drills when we were running the nine-on-seven drill—a half-line drill which is basically a run drill. It's down and dirty, O-line against the D-line, the fullbacks leading on the linebackers. We had too many false starts, a couple mistakes mentally. A lot of them were young guys. A lot of emotions running in that locker room before the practice. I mean I know a lot of them (had) nervous energy, very tense. I walked into that locker room and there was a lot of energy amongst the veterans, and I looked in the corner, and the rookies—there was dead silence in there. I mean that's normal first day in pads, and it showed up early in the practice. It wasn't acceptable. There were too many, way too many. We had to start the drill over, and I don't want to do that—penalize the defense for mistakes by the offense—but we had to do that."
DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM BOUNCING BACK ON DAY THREE
After a tough second day of camp, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham rebounded for a better day on Monday. After registering four drops Sunday afternoon, DGB was credited with just one on Monday and he seemed to be more on point in his route running after an early mistake that drew a conversation from offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie and teammates Andre Johnson.
Mularkey spoke about DGB in his post game press conference.
"He did, he did. It was good to see that, again. Now I'd like to see that again tomorrow and Thursday and Friday and then scrimmage in front of fans. I'd like to see that, but yeah, he did some good things again today," Mularkey said.
Mularkey was also asked what he hopes to see from the talented but so far inconsistent receiver on Tuesday,
"Yeah, I'm anxious to see. We counted it one good and one bad. Now it's two-to-one. We want him to win with a lot of good ones," said Mularkey. "Hopefully just all it does is give him more confidence when he comes out here. I can't imagine there's nothing more that's going to boost his morale or his confidence as thinking that I can beat anybody. I like that. I'm hoping that's the case."
ROOKIE CORNER LESHAUN SIMS UPS HIS GAME
It's tough for rookies, especially at cornerback to stand out early in training camp because of the lerning curve that's involved in playing that position (Unless your name is Sanders or Revis) so it was no surprise that the young corners on this roster were lost somewhat early on in camp as far as being noticed heavily.
That changed for Sims today as the rookie Southern Utah showed up today and flashed his athletic ability that lead the Titans to select him in the fifth round of April's draft.
For the sessions, SIms was credited with three pass breakups in one-on-one drills, including twice against the much bigger DGB and once against tight end Anthony Fasano.
Sims was flagged for one pass intereference penalty against fellow rookie Tajae Sharpe.
For his par, Sims felt good about today's effort, but knows there is much more to learn.
"It was good to be back out here in pads and press because we couldn''t do that earlier in OTA's, but I'm getting back to what I'm used to which is a true man to man with a lot of pressing," said Sims. "Of course I'm not where I want to be now because there is always room for improvement but I'm just trying to come out here everyday and learn from the veterans like JMac (Jason McCourty) and so forth. I've just got to get all the adjustments and checks down really, that's my biggest thing right now,"
DEFENSIVE DOUBLE PLAY OF THE DAY
Usually there is only one DPOD in every practice, but today there were two that stood out so we have our first double pay of the day honor of camp.
On an early play during eleven-on- eleven work, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo came off the edge with pressure and threw left tackle Taylor Lewan aside and hit DeMarco Murray in the backfield for what would have been a huge loss in a live play. Because there was no tackling to the ground it was a loud popp of the pads when the two collided, but Murray would have bee down for a loss on the play.
The second came when corner Perrish Cox was beaten badly on a double move by wide receiver Tre McBride who raced up field having beaten Cox badly. However, Cox was able to use his speed to recover and thanks in part to a slightly under thrown pass from quarterback Alex Tanney, Cox was able to recover enough to get a hand on the pass, knocking it away and incomplete.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
ADAMS-STRUNK A REGULAR
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams-Strunk was once again at practice on Monday, though she did not address the team collectively as she had on Sunday. She did speak with a few players individually as they exited the field after practice. Her presence is a stark contrast to that of her late father and team founder Bud Adams who almost never attended practices in the latter days of his time as owner.
BIGGEST HIT OF THE DAY
Linebacker Sean Spence provided the biggest hit of the day when he smacked rookie running back Derrick Henry at the end of practice on the final segment of eleven-on-eleven. For his part Henry brushed it off as he fell forward and bounced right back up.
MUSIC OF THE DAY
There wasn't much on the music chart for day three as only two songs managed to roll during the stretching portion of the practice.
Drake- Started From The Bottom
French Montana Featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne- Pop That
The Titans next practice will come on Tuesday morning when the team takes to the field at St. Thomas Sports Park for another 8:55 a.m. session. It is open to the public.