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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice

Posted Nov 29, 2017

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

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

On Sunday, the team will face the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits:

“Two-sack ‘Quan”

Titans defensive lineman DaQuan Jones got after the Colts on Sunday. He sacked quarterback Jacoby Brissett twice, and he buried running back Frank Gore in the backfield.

Jones had five tackles in the game, and three quarterback pressures.

At his locker on Wednesday, Jones got after himself – for opportunities missed earlier in the season.

“In Cleveland (I missed) two (sacks),’’ Jones said. “Actually probably three in Cleveland. (The first) Colts game one, and then I missed one in the Steelers game, too – he got the ball out. So I’ve missed them all year.”

But Jones had his breakthrough on Sunday, when he recorded his first two sacks of the season.

It was part of an eight-sack day for the defense, and Jones was glad to be a part of it.

“It is very frustrating (when you miss them), but at the end of the day you have to keep believing in yourself and your ability to go out there and play football,” Jones said. “Early on, I missed a lot of opportunities to get sacks. So to be able to go out there and capitalize on opportunities it helped me out with myself personally, but it obviously helped my team out, too. It was just a great overall experience.”

Jones, who has 33 tackles and eight pressures to go with his two quarterback sacks this season, has been hearing it from his teammates.

“We like to mess with him – 'Big-time ‘Quan' or whatever nickname we come up with,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “But we are happy for him, because he has been on the verge of having that type of game. He’d been close, and it was huge for our defense. He gave us a spark.”

Jones is fired up to keep the momentum going.

“I get razzed by ‘Rak and all them,” Jones said with a smile. “They call me 'Two-sack ‘Quan', and 'Big-time' and all of that. I am just grateful for the opportunity and I was happy to help the team win.”

Slowing down Clowney

Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney ranks second in the NFL with a career-high 17 tackles for a loss, and he has six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss in the last five games.

Clowney has nine sacks on the season.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Clowney has lined up all over the defense, and said “everybody is going to get a chance to block him.”

“He has been very disruptive,” Mularkey said of Clowney. “You saw what he did on Monday night. He’s very disruptive, is very hard to block, and he’s playing at a high level.”

Injuries

Receiver Rishard Matthews did not practice on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury.

Matthews missed Sunday’s game against the Colts.

“He’s day-to-day, could be any day with him,” Mularkey said. “We’re just monitoring him, going to be smart with him.”

Safety Da’Norris Searcy (ankle), linebacker Brian Orakpo (shoulder) and offensive lineman Brian Schwenke (illness) also missed practice on Wednesday.