Titans players on both sides of the ball said they look forward to organized team activity practices that begin today because it will be the first time the revamped offense and defensive will line up against each other in team drills.
Tennessee is in the sixth week of its nine-week offseason program that will culminate with a mini-camp in June. Coaches have been able to guide players through some on-field instruction in the past three weeks but have used upside-down trash cans and traffic cones to simulate offensive and defensive alignments.
Safety George Wilson, who joined the Titans as a free agent this offseason, said the position drills are helpful in teaching alignments and assignments but he looks forward to putting it into practice.
Second-year receiver Kendall Wright said last year that learning the offense became easier once defenders were added. Wright said he looks forward to implementing the offense under new coordinator Dowell Loggains.
“Some of the routes we have, it doesn’t look that good when you do it on air, but once you get a defender in front of you and you get to break them off or something like that, it makes the whole route look better,” Wright said.
Quarterback Jake Locker, who has shed the shoulder harness he needed because of injury in 2012, said his left, non-throwing shoulder feels as good as it did before the injury. He said the Titans need to emphasize getting the most out of OTAs because it will yield results in training camp in July.
“We still have a lot of work to do, and that’s going to be important for us,” Locker said. “There’s going to be an emphasis on continuing to study, continuing to mentally grind so you’re able to go out and compete at a high level and at a fast speed. I think if we’re able to do that, this can be a really talented offense.”
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