The Tennessee Titans’ final day of minicamp, the last offseason activity before training camp starts in late July, was on Thursday.
But there was no practice.
That’s because the Titans called off practice on the final day of the mandatory minicamp.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel explained the decision to cancel the final day of practice by telling reporters “I don’t think we’re going to beat anyone on this last day, but we could certainly lose to some teams by losing guys”.
Mike Vrabel on why he canceled the last practice of #Titans mini camp:
“We won’t beat any body on this last day, but we could lose to some teams” pic.twitter.com/ElOKzOJ2Y8
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) June 13, 2019
Vrabel is absolutely correct.
Offseason work is obviously important — especially with a new offensive coordinator in the mix.
But keeping players healthy is even more important. One of the reasons the Titans didn’t reach the playoffs in 2018 was because of injuries (Delanie Walker’s season ending ankle injury and Marcus Mariota’s nerve issues). While teams can’t predict when an injury will happen, they can at least limit the chances for an injury to occur.
Finding the balance between getting plenty of practice time and preserving the health of the players isn’t easy. But Vrabel and the Titans think they’ve found that balance.
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