It has been a theme of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey since he assumed the mantle as head coach, and through the first four practices of the 2016 training camp the team and individual players has not yet found that consistency on a day to day basis.
While some ups and downs are to be expected, especially early in camp, the consistency is something that must improve, though there has been no lack of effort by the players who have worked extremely hard in extreme heat as temperatures have consistently been in the high 90's with the feel's like temperatures reaching into the 100's each day so far.
So what were the biggest takeaways from day four?
MULARKEY ON CONSISTENCY
As mentioned above, Mularkey has preached consistency since taking over as head coach, and after a poor start to Monday's practice, Mularkey was pleased with the way the team bounced back on Tuesday.
"Yeah, I thought it was a better response. I kind of anticipated that, it’s just the way they've been. That's normal, day one you’re going to have some things like we had yesterday with the penalties and mistakes. Then day two they usually clean it up, they're a little more comfortable," said Mularkey. "They've hit somebody, something new, so I anticipated it to be better today, and it was."
The biggest news of day four was the injury to wide receiver Kendall Wright. Early in the Tuesday practice Wright suffered what Mularkey deemed a "slight hamstring injury" that took him out of the remainder of the practice. Wright went into the locker room but returned to the field and walked around with a slight limp the remainder of the practice.
When asked how he was on the sideline, Wright responded, "I'm alright."
Center Andy Gallik missed practice on Tusday and was seen walking with a sleeve on his left knee.Mularkey added that Gallik had fluid removed from his knee and should return to practice on Thursday after the day off on Wednesday.
Mularkey also indicated that cornerback Brice McCain should also return to practice on Thursday after missing two practices with an ankle injury.
Rookie linebacker Aaron Wallace, who suffered a high ankle sprain late in Monday's practice was listed as day to day by Mularkey, though the timeline for that type of injury usually requires two to four weeks.
Tackle Byron Bell was at practice on Tuesday watching from a distance, but was walking in a regular shoe without a boot or assistance from crutches. When asked how the ankle was coming, Bell stated "It's good and ahead of schedule, but still needs time."
BYARD BRINGING IT HARD
Rookie safety Kevin Byard is making a great impression in every way early on in his first training camp. The former MTSU star has consistently been seen around the football and on Tuesday he showed he is not afraid of contact with big bodies.
During a one-on-one portion of practice where defensive backs were in coverage on wide receivers, it was Byard who found himself matched with the larger Dorial Green-Beckham on the outside.
Green-Beckham made a move and appeared to break open, but Byard showed his ability to recover and applied a jarring hit that knocked DGB to the ground just as the ball arrived. The hit dislogged the ball from Green-Beckham and drew loud cheers from the other defensive backs watching as the spirit and competition between the two units has been high spirited.
After a rough Monday practice, Green-Beckham bounced back with a much better effort on Tuesday. For the day, DGB managed to win on four of five one-on-one match-ups during the period, including a very nice move to break free and beat Jason McCourty on one of those wins.
DGB also took advantage of Marqueston Huff in the period when the taller receiver was able to out jump the shorter corner for a touchdown in the front corner of the end zone.
PATMON ARRIVES IN TIME FOR PRACTICE
Corner back Tyler Patmon, claimed on waivers from Miami late Monday afternoon arrived on Tuesday and joined the team for practice after the first 30 minutes. Patmon will wear No. 44 and Mularkey addressed the role is is being expected to play for the Titans.
"We're two corners down right now, with Bennett [Okotcha, who was released to make room for Patmon] and Brice [McCain]. So, numbers really, to keep that up until we get healthy, he can play inside or outside, more inside than out," Mularkey said.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
As mentioned above, Green-Beckham provided the offensive play of the day with his leaping touchdown grab over Huff in the one-on-one portion of practice. The play was a glimpse at the ability DGB has and the role he is being asked to play this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
Rookie corner Kalan Reed pulled of the defensive play of the day when he broke on a Marcus Mariota pass intended for Justin Hunter who tipped the football into the air where Reed grabbed the deflection for the interception and then returned it up field before the play ended.
MUSIC OF THE DAY
Back To Back- Aubrey Graham, Jahmar Carter& Noah
Hustlin- Jersey, featuring Drake, The Trooper& Kenny the Kid
Top Back-T.I. King
The Titans (and media) are enjoying a day off from practice and the heat on Wednesday, but both return to the field on Thursday morning when the team will practice at 8:55 a.m. with the practice open to the public at St. Thomas Sports Park.