TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers his quick hits and observations from Day 11 of Titans training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Quick Hits and Observations from Day 11 of Titans Training CampHere’s what you need to know …
What stood out• Quarterback Marcus Mariota once again showed off his mobility in practice. He took off and ran on several occasions, and looked good doing it.
• Tight end Delanie Walkercaught a slant across the middle on a bullet thrown by Mariota. Cornerback LeShaun Sims was in good position, but the timing on the pass was good and Walker made a contested catch.
• Safety Da’Norris Searcy has made some plays in camp, and he made another on Tuesday. Searcy picked off quarterback Matt Cassel during the early portion of practice.
• Receiver Mekale McKay is tough to miss, and he got my attention again on Tuesday with a nice catch on the sideline.
• Running back Khalfani Muhammad showed off a burst of speed on at least two plays, one after making a catch and another when he darted up the middle after taking a handoff.
Play of Day
I’m going with veteran receiver Rishard Matthews here, not just for one play but because of a series of plays.
Matthews fought off cornerback Logan Ryan to make a tough catch on the sideline. He also made a nice leaping catch, and several other grabs on the day.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey complimented Matthews for his consistency, and approach.“He is very consistent, very steady,’’ Mularkey said of Matthews. “He has a trust level (with Mariota), obviously last year helped. He’s had a good camp, he’s really had a good camp — better than he had last year at this time.
“He is quiet. He goes about his business but he comes out here and competes every time.”
Story of the Day
Running back DeMarco Murray won’t play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Jets, Mularkey said on Tuesday.
Murray has been slowed by a hamstring injury.
On Tuesday, Murray worked on a side field. He’s making progress since injuring the hamstring last week, but the Titans don’t want to rush him back too soon.
“I’d say he is not going to play,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said he expects Murray to play in the preseason.
“I think (he wants to play),” Mularkey said. “There’s a lot of guys that like practice. They want to see things, and they want to see where holes are going to be and they want to see protections. He is one of those guys – he likes practicing. So this is very frustrating to him.”
Linebacker Erik Walden, held out Monday night with a groin injury, was back on the field.
• Former Titans assistant Dave McGinnis, who will serve as an analyst for Titans Radio this fall, watched practice on the sideline next to play-by-play man Mike Keith.
• Former Titans tight end Craig Stevens visited practice on Tuesday, and spent time in the locker room after practice chatting with former teammates.
• Mularkey said the Titans won’t make a decision on playing time for the starters until Friday morning.
Next practice: Wednesday, 8:55 a.m. at Saint Thomas Sports Park.