FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Titans couldn’t have asked for more from Monday’s joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons from Flowery Branch, Ga. Players received plenty of reps. Some things went really well; other things will prove to need more work. Most importantly, no one got hurt.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed Friday that he was most excited to see how his players would match up with another team. Overall, the Titans head coach liked what he saw on Monday.
Starting with the good -- all of the Titans skill players showed little problem getting open.
All of the Titans receivers had their moment on Monday.
“Some of the things that have shown up for us in camp so far I really like seeing against another team,” Whisenhunt said. “We had some guys make plays who have been making plays for us.”
The defensive front seven led by
“I didn’t like our guys jumping off-sides,” he said. “That’s something we have to clean up. This is why we do this. We get a chance to see this. They’re a little more amped up so that’s going to happen. It’s a good message to sell for games because we can’t do that in games.”
Jake Locker continued to look more comfortable with each passing day. Whisenhunt was happy to see the Titans QB make several strong throws from the pocket.
“[Jake] did good,” Whisenhunt said of his starting quarterback. “I thought he handled himself well and moved in the pocket well. He made some good throws. Some of the protection things we have to do a better job as a group of working on, but we made some big plays. He made some good throws from the pocket with pressure on him.”
“Andy said he wanted to come and do this,” said Whisenhunt. “That was his goal. It was good to see him out there.”
The biggest challenge of the day was going against players they were unfamiliar with. Training camp is all about improving as a team, which doesn’t allow much time for game planning or watching film of an upcoming opponent. That unfamiliarity added to the challenge for Titans players; it will be a challenge they must go through again on Saturday against the Packers.
“We won’t prep for Green Bay,” Whisenhunt said. “We won’t game plan them. We will just try to play them like this.”
The kickers got another opportunity to prove themselves on Monday, getting five attempts each from identical spots.
The Titans have Tuesday off before returning to Saint Thomas Sports Park on Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. for another open practice.