NASHVILLE – The Titans hit the field for OTA No.8 on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Some observations …
-Titans tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Jonnu Smith, tackle Taylor Lewan, defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, cornerback Adoree Jackson, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, tackle Cody Conway and kicker Ryan Succop were among those not participating in Tuesday’s OTA.
Jackson worked in the sandpit during the early portion of practice.
Smith hasn’t practiced in OTAs, but he was observed doing work on a side field after practice.
-Rookie receiver A.J. Brown was on the field early, competing in drills. But Brown pulled up at the conclusion of a rep during the individual portion of practice, and after consulting with trainers he headed to the locker room and did not return. Titans coach Mike Vrabel did not discuss Brown's status after practice.
Brown sent out an encouraging post on social media later in the day.
-Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota started practice off with a bang, connecting with receiver Taywan Taylor on a 50-yard bomb right out of the gate in a team period. Taylor managed to get past cornerback Malcolm Butler on the play.
-Receiver Tajae Sharpe had a solid day on Tuesday, catching passes throughout. We'll talk about him more later in this report.
-Mariota connected with receiver Cameron Batson on a pair of completions during the first team period, but he overthrew an open tight end MyCole Pruitt on one play on the sideline.
-No.3 quarterback Logan Woodside made a really nice throw running to his right, completing a pass to receiver Jalen Tolliver. During the same period, Woodside completed a pass to former Chattanooga receiver Joseph Parker, who made a diving catch.
-Running back Jeremy McNichols made a really nice run in a drill with the third-team offense.
-I mentioned Sharpe earlier. In a drill near the goal-line, a Mariota pass to Sharpe was ruled incomplete after Sharpe landed out of bounds. On the very next play, Sharpe caught a touchdown pass in the middle of the field with linebacker Jayon Brown defending.
Moments later, Sharpe beat Butler for a five-yard touchdown catch on a ball thrown by Mariota. Sharpe has looked good in several OTAs this offseason.
-Things got feisty during a 7-on-7 drill near the goalline. Tight end MyCole Pruitt and receiver Corey Davis caught touchdown passes in the period, with Davis catching a pass in the back of the end zone.
-Receiver Adam Humphries made the catch of the day when he caught a pass in the front corner of the end zone on a ball thrown by Mariota, with cornerback Tye Smith defending. Officials threw a flag on Smith, but ruled Humphries made the catch regardless.
-Quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Sharpe for a touchdown in the next period.
-In a 7-on-7 period, Mariota connected with Taylor and tight end Anthony Firkser, and he somehow managed to get a ball to Batson downfield, in between safeties Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro.
-Running back Dion Lewis made a nice diving catch on a ball thrown by Tannehill.
-Receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams is a heck of an athlete. He went up high to make a catch on the sideline on Tuesday, but was ruled out of bounds. In an OTA last month, Ratliff-Williams made the catch of the offseason so far by snagging a ball out of the air in tight coverage.
-The Titans will wrap up OTAs this week, and the team is scheduled to hold a three-day minicamp next week.
-Officials worked Tuesday’s session, and they threw several flags.
-The Titans hosted a large group of coaches on Tuesday at the annual High School Coaches Clinic. Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt spoke to the coaches in addition to Vrabel and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson.
The Titans take the field for Tuesday's organized team activities (OTA) at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page, AP)