NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Notes and thoughts from the Titans Thursday night practice:
At his best, Jake Locker gives the Titans a big spark. But on a night like tonight, he came up far short of that -- hitting 1-of-10 or 11 passes in team periods with an interception to Jordan Babineaux, who wrestled a pass away from tight end Cameron Graham. The accuracy issue is alive and well. One miss was for a crossing Jared Cook on the left side in a ton of space near the line of scrimmage. He should be fielding an easy ball and turning upfield. Instead he was reaching for one that was beyond catchable. Locker did make one of the best throws of the night in a red zone period, but Nate Washington let a ball that was fit beautifully over his left shoulder bounce off his hands.
Cook’s looking, and sounding, confident. He stoned Akeem Ayers in a rush drill pitting tight ends against linebackers as Ayers tried to run through him and found solid resistance. (Though in a team period just a bit later, Kamerion Wimbley zipped inside Cook into the backfield and “sacked” Hasselbeck.) Later Cook was chirping at middle linebacker Colin McCarthy about how he was beating him.
Center Eugene Amano left the field after suffering a triceps injury. He either got his arm caught up in something or banged it, Mike Munchak said. Kevin Matthews was already out with concussion symptoms. The Titans were intending to get Fernando Velasco back in the center mix, so he moved there. Life in the NFL: Amano was still down and in pain, being tended to by trainers, when the Titans simply moved 20 yards and resumed the team period the injury interrupted.
Receiver Kenny Britt looked to be running comfortably in rehab work on the side under the watch of strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson. Britt ran straight, in figure eights and laterally, appearing smooth and unbothered.
Recently signed rookie receiver Kendall Wright was not allowed to participate in any contact and the Titans reminded everyone. He ran some early routes, then watched. He was in a red jersey like the quarterbacks. He won’t be a full go until Saturday.