Titans Vrabel

Mike Vrabel and the Titans officially open training camp Tuesday, when the full squad is required to report.

As the Tennessee Titans ready for training camp, some things are back to normal, some things have changed quite a bit, and others might never be exactly the same again.

Rookies report on Saturday with the full squad coming in three days later on Tuesday, along with Mike Vrabel’s first press conference of camp. The first practice set for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., which will be the standard start time for practice each day with only afternoon workouts on Aug. 13 and Aug. 22 interrupting that start time.

This is the first season in two years where there will be open practices, but don’t get used to the idea of walking in and attending a session as things were done pre-Covid.

Thanks to the pandemic and on-going construction at St. Thomas Sports Park to build new offices and a parking garage, training camp practices were closed in both 2020 and 2021. Speaking of Covid, the vaccination and testing rules that were so pertinent the past two years in the NFL have been relaxed this year as the league has dropped the testing and vaccination protocols.

This year there are open practices – sort of. Only two sessions are open to fans – July 29 and Aug. 5, both in the morning (9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.) – but all the free tickets that were on the Titans website have already been claimed. So, if you weren’t in that number that grabbed up the tickets when it was posted Monday on the team website, you’re probably out of luck. The good news for those who have tickets is that the third day of practice - July 29 - is usually the first padded practice and is usually a lot more entertaining because of that.

Other items that have apparently gone by the wayside in training camp this year are the night time practices that have been held in the past either at Nissan Stadium or a local high school in a Friday night lights type of setting. No session of that sort has been announced for camp this season.

There will be two sets of joint practice sessions this year, but they will not be open to fans – only to media.

The Titans will practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 17-18 ahead of their Saturday, Aug. 20 preseason home game against the Bucs. That will mark Tom Brady’s second appearance in Nashville for camp and his third joint practice session against the Titans, who traveled to Florida last year for joint session work.

The Arizona Cardinals also come in for training camp practices this season and will be in Nashville on Aug. 24-25 ahead of the preseason finale on Aug. 27 at Nissan Stadium.