TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Thursday’s OTA at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just wrapped up their final day of organized team activities on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Next week, the team will hold a three-day minicamp.
Here’s a look at three quick hits after today’s practice…
Corey Davis making plays
Titans rookie receiver Corey Davis has seen his workload increase during the course of the offseason, and he’s shown improvement.
Davis, the team’s first-round pick, snatched footballs out of the air on Thursday, and looked good running after the catch. An ankle injury limited Davis more during the early offseason work.
“(He’s looked) pretty good,” Mularkey said of Davis. “There’s some things, just because he hasn’t taken a lot of reps, he’s made a couple of mistakes mentally. But I attribute that a lot to not practicing live. To me, that is the best way to learn something. But I have been pleased.”
Davis began working in team drills this week, and Mularkey said he’s made strides.
Mularkey estimated Davis has taken “40 to 50 snaps” during the offensive periods.
“He’s made some plays, and he’s made some plays in the two-minute drill,” Mularkey said. “You are always worried about a guy … and you want to make sure he is healthy. He wants to practice more than anybody on this football team. He wants to, and he is aggravated that he hasn’t been able to. But I think we have handled it the right way to get him up to speed and he should be good to go next week. He shouldn’t even be on the injury report.”
Lucky Preds shirt?
Mularkey was outfitted in a gold Nashville Predators “Smashville” t-shirt during Thursday’s OTA.
Mularkey said the Predators are undefeated in the Stanley Cup Final every time he’s worn it.
“I’ll be honest, I didn’t have it on to start,” Mularkey said, “and (strength and conditioning) coach (Steve) Watterson reminded me that I didn’t have it on for their first two games (of the series) in Pittsburgh, and I’ve had it on for all the wins so I told him to go get my shirt. Am I superstitious? Yes. Yeah. I hope it makes a difference.”
The Predators and Penguins play tonight in Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.
“Play like they’ve been playing. They know they can play with anybody,” Mularkey said of the Predators. “Play the way they’ve been playing. Physical, fast, it looks like they’re playing together. They care about each other. It’s fun to watch.”
Mularkey revealed after practice running back DeMarco Murray (hand) and receiver Tajae Sharpe (foot) both had recent surgeries, but should be back for training camp.
Players like linebacker Kevin Dodd (foot) and defensive linemen Karl Klug(Achilles) and Sylvester Williams (ankle) have been limited during the offseason work because of injuries as well. Other players have also missed days with nagging injuries.
Mularkey sounded optimistic about the chances of everyone being ready for training camp. He mentioned Klug as potentially needing additional time, saying “he may have some restrictions.”
“You never want an injury, and you never want anybody to get hurt,” Mularkey said. “There’s never a good time to have one of your players hurt. But fortunately when we go to camp … we are expecting everybody to be full-go by training camp.”