NASHVILLE – Titans coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team’s 27-10 preseason win over the Eagles.
Here’s a look at some of the hot topics:
Logan Woodside’s Night
No.3 quarterback Logan Woodside performed well in the team’s preseason opener.
Following quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill, Woodside entered the game in the second quarter and played the rest of the way. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, with a 126.7 passer rating.
Vrabel complimented Woodside, after first throwing him a little shade.
“After he got done tripping over his cleats on the high snap, and he fell down,” a smiling Vrabel said, “I thought he acted like a quarterback and had a lot of fun out there, a lot of energy. It’s great to see those guys get in the game and take control of the huddle and throw the ball down the field.
“… (He) made good decisions about getting down and taking care of himself and the football.”
Vrabel liked what he saw from free agent acquisition Adam Humphries right out of the gate.
The former Buccaneers receiver caught four passes for 24 yards while playing just 10 plays, and he also returned a punt 23 yards. He made a nice catch on a Mariota pass that was thrown behind him.
“Obviously (he) worked underneath,” Vrabel said of Humphries, “and (was) a reliable target when he was in there.
“Adam has been here since the start of the offseason program, and he’s been available every day. And he is a good pro.”
Vrabel said offensive coordinator Arthur Smith did fine in his debut as offensive coordinator.
Smith worked the game from the sideline after some headset issues before the contest. Smith had initially planned to call the game from the booth at Lincoln Financial Field.
“For the most part, the communication between him and the quarterbacks was good,” Vrabel said of Smith. “And he had an idea of where he wanted to go on the next play.”
Don’t Crown ‘Em
Receivers Kalif Raymond and Cody Hollister made plays on Thursday, and so did running back Jeremy McNichols.
But Vrabel was hesitant to pour to much praise on some of the standouts vs. the Eagles, instead steering the conversation to team breakdowns when asked about those three players specifically. Earlier, he expressed some level of disgust over the team’s number of penalties (12 for 117 yards).
“Before we crown some of these guys, I mean it wasn’t perfect,” Vrabel said. “We have to improve on some of the things that we didn’t do well. We had too many drops offensively and we gave up some pressure in the middle of the pocket, and when you’re trying to throw the football that’s the last place you want to see leaks.”
Vrabel said McNichols, who had 44 yards on eight carries, did well, but said the blocking deserves a lot of props for his 37-yard run.
“We got about the minimum about what we would have got out of that run if you would’ve seen how it was blocked from the end zone,” Vrabel said.
Work in Progress
The Titans first team offense looked like this against the Eagles: Dennis Kelly (LT), Jamil Douglas (LG), Ben Jones (C), Kevin Pamphile (RG) and Jack Conklin (RT).
The Titans elected to hold out guard Rodger Saffold, a free agent acquisition from the Rams. Also, rookie guard Nate Davis did not play either after being held out of recent practices with an undisclosed injury.
Vrabel said the team is still “evaluating” several spots as the team aims to make final decisions on the o-line leading up to the season opener at Cleveland, considering left tackle Taylor Lewan’s looming four-game suspension.
He praised some of the youngsters.
“I think Corey Levin continues to develop,” Vrabel said. “Pamphile did a nice job in pass protection – he gave up pressure early there. Jamil continues to fight and (Aaron) Stinnie is tough and improving. So it is fun to kind of watch those guys go in there and play and we’ll keep working through with the group that we’ve got.”
Vrabel said linebacker Riley Bullough and tackle Cody Conway, injured on Thursday night, likely won’t be available when the team returns to the practice field on Saturday.