Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Quick Titans practice notes
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The last several periods of Tennessee Titans practice were held in a pouring rain Tuesday night.
When they were over, most of the team headed for the fence line and high-fived their way down the row of fans who endured the rain before heading for the locker room.
Mike Munchak kept the Titans outside since the fields drained well and there was no lightning in the area, allowing his guys to work with a wet ball and in tough conditions.
The offense was crisp and Jake Locker had what was probably his best practice in five since the team got started.
In his first practice since signing, guard Chance Warmack (70) got half of the first-team reps.
Some quick notes:
Chance Warmack: The Titans ran the first play from scrimmage in a team period behind Warmack, the right guard and first-round pick who signed Monday and was at his first practice of camp.
"Power football at its finest," Munchak said of a run play behind Warmack and right tackle David Stewart.
Warmack got the first half of the first-team reps through the evening for a total of 20 or 25.
Earlier he sang "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" to his teammates, a performance that could have made one of the early episodes of American Idol when you see bad acts, Munchak said.
Locker looked good: I thought it was his best practice of camp. He handled the weather just fine, as you'd expect from a guy from Washington.
He made several very good throws, including a quick hit to Kenny Britt up the left side that got over Alterraun Verner and arrived well in advance of Michael Griffin. That was part of a very well-executed hurry up drive that also included a nice play-action pass on a roll to his right to Kendall Wright.
Later, from relative close range, Locker dropped back and hit Kenny Britt with a quick, low pass (a mini-fade, if you will) to the back left corner of the end zone. Britt caught it over linebacker Moise Fokou, then punted it in celebration.
The Pistol: The Titans ran some plays out of the pistol formation, which amounts to a half shotgun with the quarterback back from the center only a bit and the back typically straight behind him.
"It doesn't quite tip off what runs you can do when the back is offset," Munchak said. "The offense has more options for what they can do."
Locker ran well from it. I don't know if others who were part of it from the backfield or split out on that side were fully comfortable.
Stop and start: With the offense pinned close to the goal line, Chris Johnson took a handoff and rounded the left edge, he put a stop-start move on Griffin that could have broken one of Griffin's ankles and left him in the dust.
Not all offense: Pass-rush coach Keith Millard was praising the defensive line frequently for quality snaps. And Munchak pointed out after practice that while the offense looked good, part of it was that the defense was doing what it's supposed to -- peeling off when it had the quarterback in trouble and allowing the play to go on.