NASHVILLE – Kicker Ryan Succop took part in practice on Wednesday, and he was a welcome sight.
Earlier in the week, the Titans removed Succop from the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list while he recovered from an injury to his kicking leg that cropped up during the offseason.
“I think I will be ready to rock and roll by the time we get to Cleveland for sure,” Succop said on Wednesday. “It was nice for me to be able to come out today. The progress I’ve made in the last three or four weeks has been (great). I feel really good about that.”
Succop made 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) kicks for the Titans in 2018, and he’s 235-of-281 (83.6 percent) during his 10-year NFL career. He joined the Titans in 2014 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Succop said he began kicking with light, “almost kid’s-like footballs” a few weeks ago, and he’s since progressed into kicking regular footballs just recently. Succop said he kicked a field goal from 45 yards on Wednesday.
“It’s gone really well,” Succop said. “It was good to be out here with (snapper) Beau Brinkley and (holder) Brett Kern. The nice thing is we’ve been together for a long time now so we can kind of jump right back in. That rhythm is so important and I think we do a good job with that.”
The Titans hosted Matthew Drumright and several athletes from Special Olympics at practice on Wednesday, and Drumright will play a big role in Sunday’s game vs. the Steelers – he’ll call the first play.
Drumright, who is from Brentwood, gave two plays to Titans coach Mike Vrabel.
“He’s a friend of ours from Special Olympics,” Vrabel said of Drumright, “and he is going to be calling the first play this week. So if it works, it was (OC) Arthur Smith’s or (DC) Dean Pees’ call, and if it doesn’t work, then we’re going to blame Matthew – that’s what we told him.”
Drumright and the athletes met with players after practice, including quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill, and they also spent time with tight end Delanie Walker. Drumright told Walker he’s his favorite NFL tight end.
“It was fun to have Matthew here today, meeting with the coaches and watching tape,” Vrabel said. “I think he has picked out two good plays and hopefully we can execute them.”
Linebacker Harold Landry, running back Dalyn Dawkins, running back David Fluellen, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, tackle Jack Conklin, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, safety Kevin Byard and linebacker Cameron Wake weren’t on the practice field at the start of practice.
Vrabel was again asked about Landry, and he declined to share any details about whether he's dealing with an injury. Vrabel said the team is working to get Landry back as soon as possible.
Guard Nate Davis was on the practice field for the start of practice, but left during the open viewing period for media.
Corey Davis, Delanie Walker and Dane Cruikshank all returned to practice after missing on Tuesday.
The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)