Sunday is a day of rest – or at least it was for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, who was given a “planned” day off on Sunday.
Davis has been getting plenty of work early in camp and, Coach Mike Vrabel wants him ready for a practice that sounds as if it will be much more of a scrimmage type workout on Monday.
“By plan, there are a lot of guys that will be practicing and a lot of guys that won’t. I would say that he was one of those guys that by plan was not working today,” Vrabel said of Davis. “It’s based on the fact that, one, we’re going to need Corey Davis to play a lot of football, and two, there’s a difference between me running out there and a guy like Corey. There’s a lot of powerful, explosive movements, and I just wanted to make sure that he’s ready to go when the put the ball down tomorrow, when it’s more of a simulated type scrimmage.”
The “days off” plan extended to tight end Delanie Walker on Saturday, and he was back and a full go in Sunday’s work.
First-round pick Rashaan Evans was missing from Sunday’s work, after having limped to the locker room during Saturday’s practice.
Vrabel said Evans’ absence was due cramping from the heat the previous day
“Hopefully, we’ll get him back as soon as we can. He’s still being evaluated. I think the cramps and the running, and things like that and making sure guys are hydrated, and with the volume of the running, we’ve got to stay on top of our conditioning and be aware of those things that happen with muscles and cramps,” Vrabel said.
While there may not be a timetable exactly for Evans’ return, there does appear to be one for veteran linebacker Brian Orakpo, who is battling a shoulder issue. He did not practice for the second straight day, but should be back in about a week or so, according to Vrabel.
Tight end Jonnu Smith, who was shaken up early in practice, but returned, apparently did not finish Sunday’s drills.
Butler did it again: Malcolm Butler continues to amaze in practice, under-cutting a route in one-one-ones to grab another interception, at least his third interception already in training camp. This one, the receiver was Jennings and the quarterback was Mariota.
Play of the day: Darius Jennings continues to show out in practice, making the most of his opportunities. With Davis out, Jennings got a chance to move up in the rotation, getting some first-team reps in the three-receiver sets along with Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe.
Jennings had already made a nice sliding catch along the sideline against Kalan Reed, but then topped that in the two-minute drill by catching a 50-yard bomb from Marcus Mariota on a deep post pattern, beating Adoree’ Jackson.
Long shot of the day: Vrabel tossed some praise toward defensive lineman Julius Warmsley, who spent some time on the practice squad last year and is trying to stick against long odds in this camp.
Vrabel indicated that Warmsley has done well in his hand placements and techniques and with fundamentals. That means he could see some action in 11-on-11 drills as a reward and for more evaluation of him.
“If a guy is doing well and he’s executing the moves that we’re teaching, you have to give him an opportunity to compete and move up,” Vrabel said.