Practice notes from Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A couple thoughts out of the Tennessee Titans' organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday:

  • I think Will Witherspoon is going to be a good player and a settling force for this team. So I was surprised to see that he’s not currently on the field as part of the nickel package, yielding to Gerald McRath and Colin Allred, who’s filling in for Stephen Tulloch. Tulloch is not with the team as a protest over his contract. Both Jeff Fisher and Witherspoon said they expect he will ultimately be part of the nickel package, and that his absence from it now is merely about him getting to know the base component of the system first.

  • Fisher has talked about rotating candidates through the starting cornerback spot opposite Cortland Finnegan. But until Tuesday it’s been all Jason McCourty. Now it’s Ryan Mouton. “Mouton just needs to go out there with the ones and continue to make the plays,” Fisher said. “He’s got a real good feel for what we’re doing, the one-on-one stuff has really improved, his understanding of the concepts is improving. He just needs to go out and make plays. McCourty did a nice job. He was very quiet, very competitive and much better playing the ball this spring, getting his hands on the ball, reacting to things.” Tye Hill, who suffered a hamstring injury Monday, and rookie Alterraun Verner will also get chances at the spot, Fisher said.

  • Kenny Britt is out of the doghouse where he landed for coming to initial OTAs out of shape. Mostly. He’s still not running with the first unit -- lining up only after the likes of Lavelle Hawkins -- and didn’t have a great day. Fisher said Britt’s climb back up the depth chart is about consistency and time. If Britt doesn’t qualify as this team’s top receiver by opening day, it’ll be a huge disappointment.

  • Everyone had a good laugh when Chris Simms scored in a goal line period on a bootleg. Not really his forte.