NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
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“Has it been that long? Wow, Twilight Zone,” Morgan said. “I’m kind of losing track of time and days, but it’s coming to an end. We’ve been grinding, doing the work, and we’re going to be able to hit somebody else.”
Tennessee opened its preseason slate Aug. 8 by hosting Washington at LP Field, allowing players to face an opponent for the first time in eight months, but the intense 12 to 14-hour days of training camp seem to have time-morphing qualities.
“It feels like a lifetime, especially given the fact that we’re having two practices a day,” Griffin said. “It feels good to go out there and compete against somebody else, and luckily we managed to stay pretty healthy last game. The nine-day period is a long time but then, we’re just excited to go out and play another team.”
Despite the number of years that veterans
“It’s hard mentally and physically but these types of days are going to be what gets us over the edge and we really continue to improve as a team,” said McCourty, who agreed with Wilson that the days had been productive.
“I don’t think it’s been hard to stay focused,” Wilson said. “The shock was you get into that first game week last week and then you come back and have to get back into that training camp mode. … “Guys have handled the situation well, and we’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity to take the field at Cincinnati on Saturday and show progress from last week’s game against the Redskins.”
Titans players were off Wednesday and returned to practice Thursday. The team is scheduled to fly to Cincinnati Friday afternoon.
“It’s good because last week we were kind of getting in our groove and they pulled us, so we’re going to have more time to get comfortable, get in the flow of the game and make some plays,” Morgan said.
“Me and Kenny already got a half last game. It’s nothing new, but for all of us to be out there is going to be different, something that we’re looking forward to,” Washington said. “This whole offense is kind of looking forward to this year. It’s been established that we want to be a contender, but since I’ve been here we haven’t reached that mark. I think we’re ready this year and I think we’ve made a lot of progress.”
The Toledo, Ohio, native said he is “pretty sure” he’ll have some family members in attendance.
“My folks always pop up on me,” Washington said. “I have some cousins that stay right there in the Cincinnati area. I’m pretty sure they’ll find some way, somehow to be right in my ear yelling.”
Velasco, who made 13 starts at center in 2012, has been in competition with