NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans geared up for their first practice in full pads Monday. Here are some of the hot topics and big plays from practice.
• Shonn Greene got his biggest workload Monday and his knee is holding up just fine thus far. Coach Whisenhunt mentioned that he still has a ways to go to get in shape and needs to lose 5-10 pounds.
• Kendall Wright continues to be the star amongst the receivers. He and Jake Locker connected numerous times, both saying after practice that they’re chemistry is great together. Wright did drop one pass over the middle which was the first drop I’d seen from him in three days.
• Zach Brown made the defensive play of the day, intercepting a pass from Locker by stealing it from the arms of tight end Taylor Thompson. He was challenged by coach Whisenhunt yesterday to have a big camp.
• Today was the practice in pads and our first chance to see the battle in the trenches. Coach Whisenhunt said he needed to look at the film to evaluate, but it was definitely physical. One of the most entertaining drills of the day was the 1v1 pass protection drill with running backs/tight ends vs defensive lineman/linebackers.
• Veteran receiver Derek Hagan continues to have his fair share of catches. Coach Whisenhunt mentioned that he is impressed with how he has come in ready to compete for a roster spot after being out of football in 2013.
• Other players coach Whisenhunt said he was impressed with included Bishop Sankey, Mike Martin, Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, and Kamerion Wimbley.
• The Titans have done some special teams work on kickoffs/kick returns but didn’t use a live ball. That means we’re yet to see the beginning of the Maikon Bonani vs. Travis Coons kicking competition. Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington, Marc Mariani, and Bishop Sankey all served as kick returners for the drill.
• Rookie tackle Taylor Lewan continues to work with the first team at left guard. He says he is learning the offense and new terminology at the position. Both he and Whisenhunt discussed how it’s important to learn to work with the other starters and build chemistry.
• Whisenhunt was pleased with many things from today’s practice, but said that it was an easy day with cooler weather. Stringing practices together in the intense heat will be a telling challenge.