Jul 27, 2022 - Sports

Tennessee Titans try to turn the page

Mike Vrabel at a podium.
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

Seeking to move past another soul-crushing playoff defeat, the Titans kick off training camp with their first practice Wednesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

  • The last time we saw the Titans, they fell 19-16 to the eventual AFC champions Cincinnati Bengals. Ryan Tannehill threw an interception that set up the Bengals' winning field goal.

What he's saying: "At some point, you've got to move on," Titans general manager Jon Robinson says about the loss to the Bengals. "We're onto this season. It's a new team. You can't just let it continue to fester. At some point, you've got to turn the page."

What to watch: Perhaps the biggest question facing the Titans as training camp begins is who will emerge from the new-look receiving corps.

  • The Titans traded away star wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Eagles and drafted Treylon Burks in the first round. Burks missed much of the off-season program, calling into question how quickly he'll be able to produce.
  • The Titans also traded for veteran receiver Robert Woods, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Don't forget: Like Woods, cornerback Caleb Farley is also recovering from a knee injury. Farley has the opportunity to earn significant playing time in the secondary.

  • Titans coach Mike Vrabel says Woods and Farley will be held out of some aspects of practice, but added they're working with each other as they recover from their injuries.
  • "I would say they're probably participating in 90% of the stuff we did the first couple of days."

Rock and roll: Another storyline is the contract situation with star defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons.

  • Perhaps lost in the misery of the Bengals' loss was the historic performance by Simmons and the ferocious Titans pass rush, which sacked Joe Burrow a postseason-record nine times.
  • Robinson says Simmons is "excited to be back and ready to rock and roll."

Watching practice: Just two Titans practices will be opened up to the public this season, and no more tickets are available, according to the team's website.

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