Titans 2013 training camp, 8/05

I was near the area where the receivers do their positional work for Monday afternoon's practice, which also afforded me a good vantage point to watch the rest of practice.  After the positional work, practice began with special teams, which is usually one of the most boring aspects of camp. Today's session was no different, as most of the period consisted of coverage on short and squib kicks, followed by rushing the punter / blocking for him.
 
Nothing of particular interest happened that I noticed. These were the players who were with the first teams on Monday.
 
Offense:
QB Jake Locker, RB Chris Johnson
WRs Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright (slot)
TE Craig Stevens
LT Michael Roos, LG Andy Levitre, C Rob Turner, RG Chance Warmack, RT David Stewart
 
Defense (a lot of 3-3-5 today):
LDE Derrick Morgan, DT Jurrell Casey, RDE Keyunta Dawson
SLB Akeem Ayers, MLB Moise Fokou, WLB Zach Brown
LCB Jason McCourty, RCB Tommie Campbell, slot Coty Sensabaugh, SS Bernard Pollard, FS Michael Griffin
 
Here are some pics from Monday's practice for your enjoyment.
 
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans
 
Brett Kern punts.
 
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Khalid Wooten, Marc Mariani, Damian Williams and Darius Reynaud took turns shagging Kern's punts.
 
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Kick coverage is always exciting. As Ken Stabler wrote in his autobiography Snake, training camp can make leaf raking look like an exciting occupation.
 
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Here are several photos of the WR drills.
 
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Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans
 
WR coach Shawn Jefferson can be vocal.
 
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I was encouraged by Britt's ability to make sharp cuts around the trash drums. His ACL injury seems to be far behind him now. That's not an unfortunate drop by Britt in the above pic or in the next photo, featuring Justin Hunter. In this drill, the receivers intentionally drop the ball after each catch because another pass will arrive as they cut around the next drum.
 
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Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Britt observe Hunter.
 
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Britt has just caught a pass from Jake Locker. In this session, four players at a time would run pass routes and each would get a ball thrown to them. Locker would fire first, followed by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rusty Smith and QB coach Dave Ragone, who was a quarterback in college.
 
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11v11 begins.
 
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Keyunta Dawson (#75) and Rob Turner (#58) were each promoted to the first team for the day.
 
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Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans
 
Bernard Pollard (#31) at the line of scrimmage. We may see a lot of that this season but the thought of leaving Michael Griffin as a single safety is not a comfortable feeling.
 
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Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans
 
Assistant secondary coach Steve Brown carried on conversations with his men on the field between plays.
 
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Andy Levitre maintains his block after the pass is released while Rob Turner and Michael Roos watch the action downfield.
 
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans
 
The Titans will play the Redskins Thursday night.  Their next practice will be Saturday afternoon. Only four practices remain open to the public and I plan to attend several of them.
 
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