Now that ten practices of 2019 Tennessee Titans Training Camp have come and gone, it’s possible to have a substantive look back at which players have shined and which haven’t.
In this post, I’ll be taking a look at four Titans players whose respective stocks have risen, and four whose stocks have fallen.
STOCK UP: TE MyCole Pruitt/Anthony Firkser
I’m listing Firkser and Pruitt as a single entity in this post mainly because the reason that each of their stocks has risen is the same.
The absence of Jonnu Smith—who is still recovering from a knee injury that cut his 2018 season short—has paved the way for the two guys behind him on the depth chart, Pruitt and Firkser, to get a lot of extra opportunities.
With those opportunities, Pruitt and Firkser have made good things happen throughout Training Camp. Firkser continues to be a reliable target over the middle of the field, rarely letting a pass go through his hands and doing a nice job of getting himself open.
Pruitt has gotten a lot of targets going back to OTAs. His athleticism has repeatedly come to the surface during practices.
While there is certainly a chance that one of these two players ultimately does not make the Titans’ final 53-man roster, each of them has improved their chances to this point of camp.
STOCK DOWN: WR A.J. Brown
The old cliche, “availability is the best ability,” is ringing true for receiver A.J. Brown, the Titans’ second-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft. The Ole Miss product suffered some kind of leg injury early on in the very first practice of Training Camp, and he has missed every practice since then.
In recent days, Brown has been seen on the field wearing his jersey and occasionally helping out with individual drills in a very limited capacity. This would seem to indicate that he is nearing a return.
Still, there is no way for Brown to make up the time that he missed, which could prove to be detrimental to how much he can be relied upon by the Titans’ offense once the season starts.
Head coach Mike Vrabel always says that the most important relationship on a football team is that of a quarterback and his receivers. By missing the first ten practices of camp (and likely more in the future), Brown has missed opportunities to develop chemistry with QB Marcus Mariota and to get on the same page with him.
Only time will tell if the missed time comes back to bite Brown.