NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here’s a look at three quick hits from Thursday:
Confidence in Succop
Titans coach Mike Vrabel expressed confidence in kicker Ryan Succop on Thursday and said he’s done well since a tough day vs the Panthers on Sunday.
Succop was 0-of-3 in his 2019 debut after being added to the 53-man roster on Saturday. He'd previously been on Injured Reserve. As a team, the Titans are just 7-of-15 kicking field goals on the season.
“We’ll keep working and progressing,” Vrabel said. “I have a lot of confidence in him – Ryan has made a lot of kicks in this league, not only for us but for Kansas City before. I think we are all confident that he’ll make them going forward. He is a skilled player and is accurate, and we anticipate him being accurate this week.”
Succop has made 82.7 percent of his field goal tries in the NFL (235-of-284), including 86.7 percent in 2018 (26-of-30). He spent five seasons with the Chiefs before joining the Titans in 2014.
“You have to be able to bounce back, and that is what I have focused on this week, so I’ll be ready to go on Sunday,” Succop said on Thursday. “We’ve kind of looked at (what went wrong Sunday) we’re ready to get back out there and knock them through.”
A “Fun” Challenge
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2018, when he was also named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.
On the season, he’s already thrown for 2,180 yards with 15 touchdowns vs. one interception despite missing time with a knee injury.
It’s looking like Mahomes could return on Sunday vs. the Titans, although there have been mixed signals coming out of Kansas City. Matt Moore has started at QB for the Chiefs the past few weeks.
The Chiefs listed Mahomes as a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday.
Titans DC Dean Pees said he’s actually enjoyed preparing for this week’s game against the NFL’s No.6 ranked offense. The Chiefs are ranked second in the NFL in passing yards per game.
“It reminds me of going out there in the back yard and playing when you are a kid – you have some guy out there who can just throw it all over the lot and you never know what is going to happen,” Pees said. “(Mahomes) is an exciting, dynamic player. He’s a heck of a quarterback … and they look like a group that’s out there having fun on offense.
“It is actually fun preparing for them. It is a big challenge, and sometimes the more the challenge the more excited you get as a coach to prepare for things like that. They have a lot of weapons, and they are a very fast, fast football team. But it is fun getting ready for them, it really is.”
Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder), receiver Corey Davis (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and linebacker Jayon Brown (groin) did not practice once again on Thursday.
Rookie defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons also didn’t practice on Thursday. He was added to the Injury Report with a hamstring injury.
Center Ben Jones practiced for the second day in a row on Thursday as he works his way through concussion protocol. Jones was listed as a full participant after being listed as limited on the team’s injury report on Wednesday.
Also, linebacker Harold Landry (shoulder) and cornerback Chris Milton (ankle) were all limited in Thursday’s practice for the second day in a row.
Linebacker Cameron Wake (not injury related) was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.
The Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)