TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Tuesday’s OTA, including DC Dick LeBeau’s take on rookie Adoree’ Jackson and a Marcus Mariota update.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up their eighth day of organized team activities on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Here’s a look at three quick hits after practice…
Mariota team reps
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to increase his workload this offseason.
On Tuesday, Mariota took part in a limited number of snaps in team drills.
During the first two weeks of the team’s organized team activities, Mariota was limited to individual work and 7-on-7 drills but he was an observer during team periods. While his snaps in team drills were limited on Tuesday, it was a positive step as he works his way back from surgery.
With Matt Cassel sidelined with a thumb injury, Alex Tanney has carried a much bigger workload in practices. Tyler Ferguson, an undrafted free agent from Western Kentucky, has also seen his reps increase.
LeBeau on Jackson
Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau likes the look of his new pupils, from the veterans to the rookies.
He’s quick to remind the pads still aren’t on, so he’s hesitant to praise the youngsters too much.
But LeBeau smiled big when asked about cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, the team’s first-round pick out of USC.
“I like the fact that we drafted him because he was fast,’’ LeBeau said, “but he is faster than fast, that’s what I like about him. What we saw on the video and scouting him is what we see out here. He has a really good knack for the ball, and he has tremendous burst, and that is the game today in the NFL.
“You have people spread out all over and the quarterbacks are pretty adept at getting the ball to them. So you need people to match them and he’s one of the guys who can.”
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3rd Annual ‘Titan up for Tots’ Community Baby Shower
Titan Up For Tots
The Titans held their third annual “Titan Up for Tots” Community Baby Shower on Tuesday.
The community event is a partnership between the Titans and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to serve at-risk mothers in the Nashville community.
Titans players, coaches and staff worked with United Way of Metro Nashville staff and volunteers during the event, when they packed 1,500 diaper bags full of baby items for at-risk mothers.
Amy Adams Strunk and Kenneth Adams IV from the ownership group participated, alongside general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey.
Tina Tuggle, Titans Director of Community Relations, called the event a big success.
“I’ll tell you a little story,’’ Tuggle said. “We were on the caravan this year and we saw a little baby at one of our stops that had on one of our onesies. (The family) came up and thanked us for what we do, and a story like that makes it all worth it.
“Having the opportunity to provide something for someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase it for themselves, and seeing that benefit, is really rewarding.”
The 2017 event brings the total number of diaper bags distributed to 4,500.