Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a number of key veterans were back for OTA work this week as the Titans continue their off-season work.
Tannehill, who was absent last week, said he was eager to get back and work with some of the newcomers at the receiver position. That number includes free agent pickup Josh Reynolds as well as rookies Dez Fitzpatrick and Racey McMath.
“One of the reasons I’m here right now is to be able to throw with the guys that are here,” said Tannehill, who still was missing leading receiver A.J. Brown this week. Brown had off-season procedures on both knees. “We have so many new faces around here, I’m trying to learn them as players and as people and start to put some work in and understand the way they play on the field.”
For Tannehill, practice time now is time well spent in preparation for the 2021 season this fall.
“The more we can cover now, the better off we’re gonna be. There’s a lot we can take in and learn this time of year. We’re going to try new things offensively and the young guys, the rookies can take in a lot of information,” Tannehill said.
Tannehill is also working with a new offensive coordinator as Todd Downing was promoted from tight ends coach to replace Arthur Smith after Smith became head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Downing said this week that he isn’t looking to put his own stamp on a Titans offense that has had two very successful seasons under Smith with Tannehill, Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown being the focal points of the scheme.
“I’m not as caught up in putting Todd Downing’s stamp on the offense as I am coming up with what the right recipe is for the ingredients we have and making sure that we’re as competitive and successful as we can be,” Downing said.
Downing said he will lean on Tannehill’s expertise and is looking forward to growing that relationship between quarterback and play-caller.
“I think there’s a certain amount of communication that has to happen naturally between quarterback and coordinator, and that’s been fun to have that relationship develop even further in the last few months.,” Downing said. “Fortunately, I already had a pretty good relationship with Ryan prior to being elevated, so it didn’t take too much effort us to get on the same page. Ryan is a tireless worker and he will look for every competitive advantage. It will be fun to leave no stone unturned with him in this process.”
Defensive line moves
The Titans added two veteran defensive linemen to their mix, signing journeyman Trevon Coley and former Jaguar Abry Jones. Tennessee release Julian Taylor and Daylon Mack from the roster to make room for the two veterans.
Coley has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals in his four-year career. He has 3.5 sacks and 100 tackles in his career.
Jones spent eight years with the Jaguars and has 9.5 career sacks and 196 tackles in that span.