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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice

Posted Dec 22, 2016

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Saturday, the team will face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field.

Three quick hits after today’s practice:

Delanie Walker success

Tight end Delanie Walker was one of two Titans at the Pro Bowl a year ago.

This year, he’ll have company as four of his teammates -- and possibly more -- will join him in Orlando, Florida.

“It is pretty cool, and it basically shows you how the NFL works,’’ Walker said after practice on Thursday. “You win a couple of games and you start to get noticed for your play on the field.

“I’m hoping we’re in the Super Bowl. But if not, it’s going to be a good look to have that many Titans in Orlando at the Pro Bowl.”

Walker has 57 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns. He ranks second among NFL tight ends with 214 catches since the 2014 season.

He feels like he has some Pro Bowl seasons left in him.

“I feel like I still have a lot left in me,’’ Walker said. “People ask me how I do it, being in my 11th season and still being able to play at the level I play at. I think it’s having the cast around me, the guys on the offense. It’s given me the ability to play at a high level.”

Walker said the mindset this week is to be ready to play for the Jaguars.

No one will take the Jaguars (2-12) lightly, he said.

“Thank God I really don’t have to preach anything to anybody,’’ Walker said. “The guys in this locker room understand the situation we’re in, and Jacksonville is in the way on our road to the playoffs, so we are not going to take them lightly. No one in here feels that way.

“It is going to be a tough game and we know it is going to be a tough game.”

McCourty, CB update

Cornerback Jason McCourty (chest contusion/shoulder sprain) did not practice again on Thursday.

Cornerbacks Valentino Blake, Brice McCain and LeShaun Sims will continue to play a big role in the secondary on Saturday in Jacksonville whether McCourty plays or not. Mularkey indicated on Wednesday McCourty probably wouldn’t play against the Jaguars if he didn’t practice on Thursday.

McCourty played just one snap on Sunday against the Chiefs before being injured.

“I'm very confident in our secondary,’’ Mularkey said. “You know, basically, Jason was out the whole game last week. I mean, he got hurt the second play of the game. Those guys had to step up against very good receivers, so I'm confident. Our whole team is confident in our guys.”

Other injuries

Linebacker Derrick Morgan (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday.

“It was good to see him out here moving around,’’ Mularkey said.

Tight end Phillip Supernaw (concussion) and safety Da’Norris Searcy (concussion) were both full participants in practice and are out of the concussion protocol.

Linebacker Sean Spence was a full participant in practice again. Spence missed last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.