Quick Hits from Titans Training Camp July 27, 2014

Here are my quick thoughts from day two of training camp for the Tennessee Titans. You can find my photographs from day two here and my vines and instagrams compiled here.

Jake Locker had a better day on offense while Charlie Whitehurst struggled a bit in team drills and was almost picked off twice. Tyler Wilson did get picked off by Daimion Stafford for what would have been a pick six.

Much ado was made about Nate Washington jawing at Micah Pellerin but I didn’t see it as a big deal. So far things have been up tempo but not particularly heated but that will come with time. It always does. It was funny to hear Bernard Pollard tell Washington to watch it he just got beat is all. Shades of “Remember the Titans” anyone?

Bishop Sankey runs smoothly and so far seems to have good vision for finding open lanes. Dexter McCluster continues to shine and is used all over the place. He is so fast I have had difficulty getting him on vine or instagram. I don’t think the Titans are going to miss Chris Johnson’s speed much if at all. Shonn Greene has looked very good as does Jackie Battle. Battle is wearing a fullback number though I have yet to see him assume that role. Collin Mooney is competing hard.

Second year wide receiver Justin Hunter is light years ahead of where he was last year at the start of training camp. He has made several nice contested catches. Kendall Wright has also made some nice plays as well. I have yet to see him drop a pass though I could have missed one. Mike Preston is having a very nice training camp thus far.

While Craig Stevens did have a drop on a wide open target he also made a couple of nice catches so it’s not all bad. Taylor Thompson looks good so far in training camp as per usual but can he translate that to game play? The jury is still out. Delanie Walker has looked really good and could be poised for a special year. After missing portions of his first training camp with the Titans last year because of an injury, he has shown up in full gear ready to roll this year.

I will pay particular attention to the lines today but Ropati Pituitua has caught my eye several times the past two practices. He looks like he has settled back into the 3-4 defense very nicely. Al Woods has also caught my eye a few times as well. Really excited to see what he brings this year. Karl Klug has continued to bulk up and has also caught my eye. He could be special this year too.

Kam Wimbley had a much improved day at outside linebacker. He and Derrick Morgan seem to be getting the most reps there and today is padded so I am anxious to see how they look. Shaun Phillips brings an excitement and energy to the team that is fun to watch too. Akeem Ayers has been in full gear also and looks like he is anxious to prove himself this year. Zach Brown has been playing both inside and outside linebacker.

Coty Sensabaugh is getting a lot of reps at right cornerback and despite a slow start is settling in and looking good. He will see stiff competition from Blidi Wreh-Wilson who had a better day yesterday. Marqueston Huff’s speed is as good as advertised and while he might not see playing time in the secondary he was hustling and running after the ball on special teams.

Daimion Stafford might have been the standout player on defense yesterday. He almost picked off Charlie Whitehurst and then he did pick off Tyler Wilson for what would have been a pick six. Stafford could be a player to keep an eye upon in camp this year. He had a really nice day yesterday.

Bernard Pollard seems pretty clearly the leader on this defense and it should be no surprise he has been quite vocal the first two days of camp. After observing Michael Griffin a lot yesterday I decided I was wrong and he does not appear to have bulked up. Jason McCourty is quietly having a nice camp to date.

In addition to the lines, special teams is an area where I intend to focus more. There hasn’t been much emphasis yet but that will come. I know people are curious about the kicking situation and that will be an area I will focus on.

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