The Tennessee Titans retreated inside to their practice bubble for the first time during training camp on Monday.
The work inside the bubble predates a day off and then two days of work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who visit on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Saturday’s preseason home opener for the Titans.
It allowed the Titans to work on various drills out of the heat for a day and allows the grounds crew to get Tennessee’s three practice fields ready for the sessions.
In the wake of the camp fight between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets on Sunday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel announced that he would be addressing the Bucs about the necessity of fair play and sportsmanship during the joint sessions and that he would have Bucs coach Dirk Koetter address the Titans.
“It’s about being able to practice whether it’s against our team or with Tampa Bay coming in. Dirk and I have had numerous conversations saying that we will not tolerate it,” Vrabel said. “I’m going to address his team. He’s going to address our team. We’re going to bring everybody together. We’re going to try to make sure we stay on top of it. Hopefully, we can act like professionals and not have to spend a bunch of time breaking up fights and sending guys out of here.”
During the sessions, Vrabel said he would likely stay on one practice field watching either the Titans offense or defense, with Koetter manning the other field.
Play of the day: It garnered plenty of attention on social media and among media members discussing practice, as Corey Davis used a nice double move route to burn cornerback Malcolm Butler for a touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota in Monday’s practice session.
Davis has looked pretty good in the two practices since his return from being out last week.
Runner-up: LeShaun Sims has had some impressive moments in camp and in the preseason opener vs. the Packers. He had another one, grabbing an interception on Monday as he got his hands on a pass from backup QB Blaine Gabbert.
Long shot of the day: Darius Jennings has been productive enough in camp that he might work his way off the long shot list, if he continues to make plays like the one Monday.
On the final play of practice, Jennings made a nice over-the-shoulder catch against Sims in the end zone. The completion from Gabbert provided a nice way for the Titans offense to finish off practice, as it came on the final play during a two-minute drill.
Jennings, who has been cut eight times total in his NFL career, has been a steady contributor in the offense, taking advantage of Davis being out at times and of Rishard Matthews being on the PUP list.
Out of practice: Several players remain out of practice for the Titans. Those include receiver Michael Campanaro, safety Dane Cruikshank, linebackers Rashaan Evans and Brian Orakpo, and defensive linemen David King and Du’Vonta Lampkins.
Also, safety Kalan Reed was walking gingerly as he left the practice bubble following the conclusion Monday’s session. Reed was accompanied by a member of the Titans training staff.
One player who has missed some time in camp is rookie outside linebacker Sharif Finch, whom Vrabel said was out of practice last week due to personal reasons, rather than battling an injury.