The first day in full pads for the Tennessee Titans had a conspicuous absence as quarterback Ryan Tannehill was not in attendance on Monday.
That left untested backup Logan Woodside to get the first-team reps, and elevated rookie seventh-round pick Cole McDonald’s role up a notch as well.
When asked post-practice about Tannehill’s absence, Coach Mike Vrabel said that “Ryan is accounted for,” and indicated that his starting quarterback would likely be back at practice on Tuesday.
Woodside’s feet were his best friend on a couple of plays, including one of the first plays in team red zone where Woodside could not find an open receiver and took off up the middle and scored a touchdown.
On the downside, on one play in goal line, receiver A.J. Brown was open in the corner of the end zone trying to get Woodside’s attention, but the quarterback did not find him in time for a completion.
Speaking of quarterbacks, rookie Cole McDonald had a couple of interceptions – both by backup cornerback Kenneth Durden. In a team drill, Durden jumped a route and picked off a pass intended for Mason Kinsey and returned it for a touchdown.
In the next period – 7-on-7 red zone, Durden struck again, picking off a McDonald pass on the goal line.
McDonald’s best throw came in a red zone drills where he was able to thread the needle over the middle for a touchdown to Rashard Davis.
Henry backed off
A little more than halfway through practice, running back Derrick Henry, who had not done a lot in team drills in the practice, jogged over the stationary exercise bikes, took his shoulder pads off and rode on the bike for a few minutes.
Henry had a couple of good runs early on in team periods. But later on, Henry put his shoulder pads back on, but did not go back in to any team drills the remainder of the practice.
After practice was over, Vrabel largely dodged a question regarding Henry’s status, declining to say whether Henry had tweaked anything or if it was planned to back him down.
Corey Davis passed his physical on Monday before practice and took part in the practice albeit on a limited basis.
Davis had failed his physical at the start of training camp, recovering from a toe injury that plagued him throughout the 2019 season.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro made a brief appearance on the stationary bike at the start of practice, but did not work for the second straight day. Vaccaro went off the field early on the first day of practice with trainers and did not return.
Linebacker Kamalei Correa continues to be missing from action as he has not practiced in any of the three open practices the Titans have held thus far.