Day 1 of mini-camp is in the books for the Titans and the defense should sleep soundly after dominating the competition.
Marcus Mariota and the entire offense clearly struggled with the defensive challenge in front of them. Receivers and tight ends got little separation and whether it was Mariota, Ryan Tannehill or Logan Woodside, the quarterbacks did not have many open targets to throw to.
Head coach Mike Vrabel did not even consider pinning it on his QB, “I think that for that particular period, I think the defense was ready to go. They blitzed the heck out of them, which I said that they were going to do, and that was what we wanted to do coming in. We’re not going to sit here and evaluate the whole off-season on one period.”
The defense played with a chip and a bounce to its step as they came up with play after play. Malcolm Butler dropped an interception, so did Dane Cruikshank, but Mike Jordan did not, picking off Woodside.
Wide receiver Adam Humphries looked at it as a chance for growth saying, “We’re competing out here and obviously we didn’t execute great on offense but that’s what practice is for. Go in, watch film and get better from it and we’ve got a great defense.”
The offense gets a rematch on Wednesday, but as the team was conditioning at the end of practice Mariota already was asking Kevin Byard for a rematch.