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OL Shake it up, Levis will make changes

NASHVILLE – First-year head coach Brian Callahan led the Tennessee Titans through the first day of a three-day mandatory mini-camp at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park on Tuesday.

Due to adverse weather conditions, the team was forced to conduct their training indoors, using the domed facility.

There’s a lot to process, so let’s jump straight into some of the highlights.

Callahan said all of the team’s players were present Tuesday, which is a good sign. However, defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, tackle Jaelyn Duncan, defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat, defensive lineman TK McLendon and wide receiver Colton Dowell were not participants during the media viewing window.

Callahan provided updates on the players’ health and stated that Sweat, who is recovering from an undisclosed minor injury, should be back on the field in time for training camp and could even return next week. This news is a positive sign for the overall health and readiness of the team.

Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed stretched with the team but did not participate in drills during Tuesday’s session. Callahan explained the thought process behind getting Sneed to skip.

“Yes, it’s a management thing,” Callahan said. “They managed him in Kansas City. We’ll manage him here. And so he’s working back from all the things he has to work back from. But it will be a management thing throughout training camp and down to the last detail.” season.”

It’s no secret that the Titans need a right tackle. Nicholas Petit-Frere and Jaelyn Duncan would be the top internal candidates, but they must still be available to practice.

Ojukwu, a 2023 undrafted free agent out of Boise, is stepping up by taking reps with the first team.

“He does everything you would expect from a player in that situation. He takes it very seriously,” Callahan said of Ojukwu. “He’s excellent in the conference room. He’s taken the plan and he’s learned it. I’m really surprised. He’s a guy I didn’t know much about, and as he got more opportunities, he started showing up. And if you If you’re a man in that position, that’s all you can ask for.

And so he continues to pile up good days. And so we’ll see again when we get to training camp what that looks like. But he did everything you could possibly do with the opportunity he was given, and that’s always a good thing. to see.”

Charles flew under the radar as one of several free agent signings by Titans general manager Ran Carthon this offseason. However, Titan fans should start paying attention to the former Washington Commander.

Charles is firmly in the mix to start at right guard this season. Callahan expressed optimism about Charles.

“You see Saahdiq’s strength and power and those things come through as well. His athleticism,” Callahan said. “And he’s also learning a lot of new techniques. So it’s been fun to see him grow. You see him starting to take the next step as the days go by here. It’s been good to see from him. So there’s a lot to do like Saahdiq and he also has some playing experience. So you hope he is another guy who can really rise as he learns more and more.

Levis didn’t have the most accurate day, but it’s kind of like a pitcher giving up hits in spring training because he’s trying different pitches in scenarios he normally wouldn’t.

Callahan discussed how the changes to Levis’ throwing motion would be good in the long run.

“That was awesome,” Callahan said. “I think one of the things I like about Will is that he’s incredibly coachable. He has a great perspective and he has a great awareness of how his body works. Some guys just feel what you’re coaching, and that’s very naturally. I think he sees the benefit in his mechanical improvement and his accuracy. I’m very happy with the amount he has earned and he has actually done that, which was nice to see.”

Wide receiver Treylon Burks made a lot of headlines after Tuesday’s practice when reporters noticed he was a shooter on some kicks. However, Titans 2021 first-round pick cornerback Caleb Farley also practiced at the shooter position. That’s not where teams would ideally want first-rounders, but they are both at deep positions.

‘Yes, you have to. Same reason,” Callahan said. “If you’re not in the top two or three guys you’re going to have to contribute to teams. And he’s a guy in that mold that if you try to get a hat on match day and be one of the Met’s 46 active players you have to play a role on special teams, especially as a skill player.”

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