Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Remember me?
Titans receiver Taywan Taylor exploded back on the scene on Sunday against the Jets. Taylor hauled in three passes for 104 yards in the team’s comeback win, including a pair of deep balls – one for 55 yards.
Taylor missed the previous three games with a foot injury.
“I was excited to be back out there with my brothers, and I definitely felt real good,” Taylor said on Tuesday. “Now I just have to keep working, and keep doing my part to help the team.”
Taylor ran a 4.45 at the NFL Combine leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. He said he ran a 4.37 when he had his junior combine at Western Kentucky.
Taylor, who has 24 catches for 318 yards on the season, said he works regularly on tracking the ball in flight on deep balls, and on his technique leading up to making the catch. He said it’s a “see ball, get ball” moment as the ball comes to him.
The Titans face the Jaguars on Thursday night. Taylor said he’s ready to contribute.
“Coach had the confidence in us to dial up those shots,” Taylor said, “and Marcus (Mariota) threw some great balls. I just want to do my job as a receiver, and get open and make those plays.
“When you make plays like that, I think it gets the momentum going.”
Let’s Get Physical
Titans running back Derrick Henry knows exactly what to expect on Thursday against the Jaguars.
“It’s going to be physical,” Henry said. “They have a lot of physical guys on that defense that play hard, and play fast. We know what we are up against, and we have to play our game.”
Henry ran for 40 yards on 10 carries against the Jets, including a one-yard touchdown run. Henry has scored five touchdowns in the team’s last six games.
Coach Mike Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur have praised him this week for his physical style. Henry had a season-high 18 carries for 57 yards in the team’s Week 3 win at Jacksonville.
“Just keep running hard, and keep that same mentality,” Henry said. “I know I have to run hard, be physical, and finish runs.”
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (right hand) was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice, as the team stepped up preparations for Thursday’s game.
Linebacker Derrick Morgan (knee), receiver Darius Jennings (knee), safety Dane Cruikshank (knee) and running back David Fluellen (knee) did not practice.
Cornerback Malcolm Butler (quadriceps) and receiver Tajae Sharpe (ankle) were limited.
In addition to Mariota, safety Kevin Byard (shoulder), defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder), cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (wrist), and safety Kenny Vaccaro (knee) all appear on the Injury Report, but they were full participants.