For the first time, both Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley were on the practice field for the Tennessee Titans.
Well, sort of. Clowney, signed over the weekend, was fully involved during the brief open portion of practice in preparation for the Denver Broncos. Beasley, on the other hand, continued to work on the side with head coach Mike Vrabel following stretch at the start of practice. Beasley was just activated off the non-football injury list by the Titans on roster cut down day.
When asked about the two players’ availability for the season opener in Denver on Monday night, head coach Mike Vrabel said it would depend on their conditioning as they go through the week of practice.
“Conditioning level. How they feel after practice as we evaluate them and see how they feel after a day of practice. Where they fit into the plan. How much they know being out on the grass and working with the team. It's a beginning of really our week, this is our Wednesday, we get an extra day,” Vrabel said before practice in a Zoom call with the local media. “So, this will be the start of our week, and we'll kind of see where things go as they move further down the week, and how they feel and what their conditioning level feels like, and how they pick up what we're asking them to do.”
In terms of how Clowney an/or Beasley might be used in the defense and the pass rush, Vrabel kept it close to the vest.
“We’ll do each and every week what we feel like gives us the best chance to win, whether it's rush three or four or five or six. I think that a lot of that is game plan dependent,” Vrabel said. “So, the less people that you rush the more you have in coverage. We're going to try to figure out and put guys in the best position to help the team, and based on what we feel like can get them stopped on any situation, and hopefully we can find ways to put pressure regardless of how many guys that we send at the quarterback, and try to find ways to affect them each week.”
Derick Roberson, who suffered a sprained knee in the final week of training camp, was not seen on the practice field in the open portion of practice.
Also, guard Jamil Douglas, who has been out for several days as well with an undisclosed injury, was not present during the open part of the session.
The Titans added wide receiver Cameron Batson, who was waived from the 53-man roster when Clowney was signed, was added back to the practice squad. The Titans also signed linebacker Malik Jefferson to the practice squad.
On Tuesday, Tennessee signed defensive back Chris Miller to the 16-man practice squad.