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Three Quick Hits from Tuesday's Practice

Posted Oct 25, 2016

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

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

On Thursday night, the team will face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Three quick hits after today’s practice:

Schwenke steps in

Brian Schwenke stepped in for an injured Quinton Spain at left guard on Sunday, and he’ll be the starter against the Jaguars.

Coach Mike Mularkey said the team has confidence in Schwenke, who has started 25 games for the Titans since 2013. Spain suffered a knee injury against the Colts, and is expected to miss several weeks.

“Brian has more experience,’’ Mularkey said. “Even last week, as much (playing time) as he got, it’s experience.”

Running back DeMarco Murray has three 100-yard games over the past five weeks. Murray, along with several others Titans, said they expect Schwenke to step in and play well.

Earlier this season, Josh Kline stepped in for an injured Chance Warmack at right guard, and he’s played well.

“Schwenke has been around this offense, and he’s been around the offensive line for a long time,’’ Murray said. “So he is a smart guy, a guy who can play all four or five positions if they ask him to. He is athletic and I think he’ll do a great job just like he did (Sunday) when he came on for Spain.”

Taylor-made TD

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan makes his living blocking defenders.

But on Sunday against the Colts, Lewan got some glory when he caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Lewan said he’s been the target of passes in practice dating back to his rookie year.

“I dropped it a couple of times,” he recalled on Tuesday. “And they were trying to throw me fades, too. Jake Locker threw a rocket right over my head, and it went through my hands. .. But this year I have been pretty strong. I think I had one drop in camp and I think I've had three catches.”

With a smile, Lewan said he’s watched a replay of Sunday’s catch “like 55 times.”

He said the play was executed just like the team practiced it.

“It was a cool deal, a really fun experience,’’ Lewan said. “I had a touchdown in college, and I had a kick return in high school, but never in the NFL. … It is cool, it is fun, but my focus is playing left tackle at a high level.”

Injuries

Cornerback Perrish Cox (concussion), safety Rashad Johnson (neck) and Spain did not practice on Tuesday.

Receiver Tajae Sharpe (knee), linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot) and Murray were limited. Mularkey said the team decided to give Murray some time off, and he is not injured.

Tight end Delanie Walker (chest) was a full participant on practice.