The day started for the Tennessee Titans with the announcement of the trade of receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to Philadelphia for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly in a player for player swap. It ended with both general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey addressing the media concerning the trade.
Video of Robinson's comments can be seen at the link here, but it was clear that the decision had been made to move on from him and no time was wasted once that decision was confirmed.
On the practice field the Titans went about business as usual during their two-hour afternoon practice session at St. Thomas Sports Park.
HO-HUM KIND OF DAY
While the practice certainly had its lively moments, including a scrap between center Brian Schwenke and defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad during individual work, it was a business like day with littel flash as the team rolled through period ofater period getting solid effort and work, though less spirited than some other practices.
The most spirited portion came during one on ones between receivers and defensive backs when Brice McCain defeated Harry Douglas much to the delight and cheers of most of the defense who surrounded Douglas on the field for some friendly taunting of their teammate.
RECEIVERS WIN ONE ON ONE
While Douglas lost his individual battle, his teammates picked up the slack as Justin Hunter pulled off two wins in the five and Andre Johnson grabed the receivers third without his helmet that was accidentally knocked off by Antwon Blake who was defending the play.
Johnson made a off the line and Blake in an attempt to turn accidentally struck Johnson in the head causing his helmet to fly off, but that didn't deter the veteran. Helmet-less Johnson continued the route as if he were still covered and made the grab on a slant against the smaller Blake.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
It has to be Andre Johnson of course. Anytime a player loses his helmet yet continues on playing as if in the back yard and makes the catch, that's the OPOD for us.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY
Rookie safety Kevin Byard scored our play of the day with one of his two interceptions during Tuesdays practice.
JOHNSON HAS STRONG DAY
Not only did Andre Jonson receiver our OPOD, he had a strong overall performance in the entire practice, collecting six receptions in the team drill portion of eleven on eleven.
If you are counting players who are stacking good days consecutively, then Johnson is becoming one to watch as the 34 year old is playing much younger than the calendar suggests for him.
The Titans practice again on Wednesday when they take to the field for an afternoon practice that is closed to the public as all open practices have now been concluded.