The Tennessee Titans got their first official look at new quarterback Trevor Siemian, who worked out Wednesday and signed with the club and was on the practice field with his new teammates Thursday.
Coach Mike Vrabel said that Siemian replacing Cole McDonald on the roster had a bit to do with his NFL experience (25 career starts) and being able to provide a veteran presence behind Ryan Tannehill.
“Like we do all the time with the roster and pretty much everything else we do, we’re just trying to make decisions that we feel like make us better at this time and that are in the best interests of the team,” Vrabel said. “Jon (Robinson) and I talked about it and we just wanted to take a look at another player there. … You want to bring people in and make competition at every position, and so guys that have that experience in the league, it certainly helps them to come in in the middle of this or at the beginning or once we’ve already started. Like all the other players, he’ll get a chance to compete, and we’ll move on from there.”
Vrabel said Siemian seemed to be a quick study in his first day as a Titan.
“This is the first day we’ve had him out to practice. We’re going to continue to work with him and see how be progresses in our offense. (We liked) his intelligence and decisiveness and overall accuracy when we worked him out. He’s played in games, and functioned pretty well for just having a copule of Zoom meetings yesterday and a quick meeting this morning,” Vrabel said.
As for McDonald, not having a normal off-season and preseason might have factored into his release, as he would have been a long-term project as a seventh-round pic,k whose throwing motion the Titans had altered.
“We’ll re-evaluate Cole when we get an opportunity. There are decisions that have to be made, and with the roster at 80 players, those are decisions you have to make. We’ve moved on, but we can certainly revisit that, but there are just some things here now that forced us to go in a different direction,” Vrabel said.
After having a camp of mostly accurate throws, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was victimized twice on Thursday.
Tannehill was intercepted when a pass intended for A.J. Brown sailed a bit high. The receiver was able to get a hand on the ball, but tipped it into the air where safety Kevin Byard made a one-handed grab of the football.
The other interception came on a deep ball where cornerback Malcolm Butler went up and won a jump ball, coming away with the football.
Linebacker Kamalei Correa, who has been out since the start of camp work, was seen working on a side field in an effort to return soon.
Also out of practice on Thursday were cornerback Kareem Orr, safety Kenny Vaccaro, linebacker Jamal Davis and guard Rodger Saffold, who was presumed to be just getting a maintenance day as a veteran.
Back on the field
Defensive tackle Jack Crawford was back on the field after being activated from the Reserve/Covid-19 list.
“We’ll work him back and see how he progresses,” Vrabel said.