NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans opened rookie minicamp on Thursday, and the entirety of Saturday’s practice was open to reporters.

Here are the five biggest things that stood out.

1. Caleb Farley Status Update

Unsurprisingly, CB Caleb Farley did not participate in the rookie minicamp practice that was open to reporters.

The Titans’ first-round draft pick recently underwent back surgery, and he’s still on the path to recovering from that.

Farley has been far from idle, though.

While his rookie teammates have been on the practice field, Farley has been doing rehab work with Todd Toriscelli, the Titans’ director of sports medicine.

He’s also been hard at work studying the playbook, which head coach Mike Vrabel gave him just a day after he was drafted.

“He’s doing everything that we’re asking him to do,” Vrabel said.

2. A New Injury in the Secondary

Another Titans draft pick, CB Elijah Molden, was absent for a majority of the team’s practice on Saturday.

He joined his teammates in the final period of practice for a modified 7-on-7 drill.

Vrabel all but confirmed that Molden’s absence was injury-related, saying that the Washington product would have been designated a “limited” participant if the Titans had published an injury report.

While it’s unlikely that this is anything that would keep Molden out for a significant period of time, considering he did practice in a limited capacity, the situation is worth monitoring.

Also on the injury front: WR Kalija Lipscomb, a former Vanderbilt player participating in the Titans’ camp on a tryout basis, left Saturday’s practice after appearing to hurt his lower left leg.

3. Weaver at Work

OLB Rashad Weaver, who was charged with simple assault in Pittsburgh on April 30, did participate in Saturday’s practice. He did not address the media afterward.

It was immediately clear upon seeing Weaver that he’s in great shape and that he’s very well built as an edge pass rusher. He figures to be an important puzzle piece for the Titans’ defense in 2021 and beyond.

However, his immediate fate will be determined by how the legal process plays out with the criminal charge he’s facing.

While the Titans understand the significance of the accusation Weaver is facing, Vrabel did comment after the practice that the 23-year-old has shown within the team’s building to have quality character.

“He’s been attentive. He wants to be a good teammate. He’s taking the coaching,” Vrabel said.

“We understand the severity of the accusations. We take them very seriously, but we’re also going to allow the legal process to play out.”

4. Naquan Jones Has an Inside Shot

Looking for an undrafted rookie free agent who has a real chance to make the Titans’ roster? Fix your eyes on former Michigan State defensive lineman Naquan Jones.

Jones was the Titans’ only UDFA addition on the defensive line ahead of rookie minicamp, so he’s mostly worked by himself. At one point during Saturday’s practice, he had three coaches working with only him.

The Titans’ depth on the defensive front is thin. Behind starters Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry, the team has only 2020 fifth-rounder Larrell Murchison and 2020 UDFA-standout Teair Tart.

Jones will need a strong Training Camp performance to stick around, but he’s got a real shot to enter the 2021 season as the Titans’ No. 5 defensive lineman if for no other reason than the team doesn’t have many bodies at that position.

5. Intriguing Receivers

The Titans’ two draft picks at wide receiver, Dez Fitzpatrick and Racey McMath, each looked promising in their first open practice.

Fitzpatrick looked to be a smooth route runner with a frame that will suit him well in the slot and on the outside. He made some mistakes early on in practice, but he improved as the day went on.

McMath, at first glance, looked like a smaller tight end rather than a wide receiver. He’s got a massive frame, and it’s no wonder the Titans told him before the draft they think he has the tools to be a quality receiver.

Neither one of those players will be day-one game-changers for the Titans. However, both should get the opportunities to be key contributors, namely on offense for Fitzpatrick and on special teams for McMath.

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