NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 2,500 Titans fans surrounded the fields at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Saturday morning as the team held its first official training camp practice of 2014.
Some fans lined up as early as 6:45 a.m. to get a prime spot along the fence to watch the players take the field with hopes of a promising season.
Fans were treated early and often to big plays from the Titans’ receiving core.
“They’re pros, you expect them to make some plays,” Whisenhunt said tempering the excitement of fans and media alike. “I think you balance it. We put the ball on the ground a few times and had a couple things that were not so good. We have a lot of things we get a chance to work on.”
The explosive plays in the passing game continued throughout practice in the team drills.
Many of the skill position players had their shining momenta on Saturday. The practice ended with a long touchdown from Whitehurst to fifth-year receiver
Whisenhunt was torn between his excitement for the offense and his frustration with the defense giving up so many big plays.
“Obviously my roots are in offense, so it would be easy for me to say I like the big plays offensively,” said Whisenhunt. “But then I think defensively I don’t like that so I try to not get caught up in it. I think one of the things you look at is mistakes and then the intensity and effort.”
“Did he have two picks today?” Whisenhunt joked of Pollard. “Oh gosh now I’m going to have to have to hear about that all day.”
The position battles are already underway just one practice into the new season, however Whisenhunt has yet to release a depth chart to the public. Not only is it too soon for him to know exactly where players stand, he wants to let the players compete for their spots.
“I was going through it and trying to do it and I kept coming up with this depth chart that had a bunch of slashes through it and a bunch of different names on the first line,” Whisenhunt explained. “I decided it’s just not worth doing that. We’ll let it settle out. I told the players to not pay attention to the depth chart because they’re going to control that and everyone is going to get an opportunity here.”
The Titans return to practice tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. from Saint Thomas Sports Park, marking the final practice for the team before putting on full pads on Monday.