Training Camp is a grind. It can be brutal for players. It is especially brutal in the heat of Middle Tennessee, where the sun often shows no sign of mercy.
The Tennessee Titans reported to Saint Thomas Sports Park for the start of camp last Wednesday. Their first practice was on Thursday. They have now practiced seven times.
In an effort to break up the monotony that often starts to brew a week into camp, the Titans will be taking things off campus over the weekend. On Friday evening, the team will practice at Centennial High School in Franklin, TN. On Saturday afternoon, they will head to Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Not only will the off-site practices provide some relief to the team, but they will offer excellent opportunities for fans to get a look at the team. Head coach Mike Vrabel said on Thursday that the practice at Centennial will focus on his team being flexible when forced to go off-script.
Practice at Centennial begins at 7:15 on Friday, though the team will likely arrive up to 30 minutes before then. Saturday’s practice at Nissan Stadium will begin at 3:30 P.M. Both events are open to the public and will include opportunities for autographs.
Additionally, cornerback Logan Ryan will be sponsoring a “pup rally” on Saturday at Nissan Stadium prior to the team’s practice. Ryan’s event will begin at 2:30 give the Nashville community the opportunity to adopt one of 26 dogs. Fans can find Ryan’s event at Gate 1.
.@RealLoganRyan is partnering with the @Titans and Humane Association bringing 26 adoptable dogs to Nissan Stadium at 2:30 Saturday before the team practice.
Ryan is big into the dog adoption cause. He encourages fans to come out and rescue a dog.#Titans pic.twitter.com/TNAF2SsUTP
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) August 2, 2018
All of the dogs available for adoption have been named by either a Titans player, coach, or another impactful member of the Nashville community. Nashville Predators defensemen P.K. Subban even named one of the dogs.
“I named one Richard and another one cheese,” said Taylor Lewan. “They were both weiner dogs.”
Several Titans players spoke on Thursday about their excitement for the off-site practices. Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey agreed with the notion that the change of scenery will make camp more enjoyable. “Oh, definitely. Different scenery, different feeling, change up camp a little bit. That way you’re not stuck in the same spot all day, so it’s definitely going to be good.”
Tight end Jonnu Smith looks forward to the nostalgia involved with playing under the Friday night lights again. “It’s going to be good. You know, going up there to the high school and get some of the fans up there to watch us. Playing under some Friday night lights is going to take me back for sure.”
Cornerback Logan Ryan echoed that same idea. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, anytime you play under the lights. I think tomorrow will take us back to our high school setting a little bit, playing under those lights, it’s special. It’s also fun to give the fans a real, live look at what this team’s about and the good human beings we have on the field.”
Both of these events, especially the practice at Centennial, were a lot of fun last year. If you’re a Titans fan looking to attend a practice, these are definitely the ones to go to.
Following the two off-site practices on Friday and Saturday, the Titans will get a day off on Sunday before beginning preparations for the team’s first preseason game next week.
Cover image via Titans Online.