Three thoughts in advance of the Tennessee Titans' three-day minicamp, which starts Tuesday:
Stay healthy: The single most important thing for every NFL team is to not lose anyone important in the offseason. The Titans have lost undrafted rookie linebacker James Gayle (shoulder) but no one else. After these three days, that goal still needs to be the list. Nothing that is going to unfold during the continued installation and refinement is worth any sort of injury trade off. I’d wrap guys in bubble wrap.
Jake Locker in control: They should see continued progress from the young quarterback in a new offense. All the standard stuff is on the checklist -- huddle command; understanding protections, progressions and routes; Making plays on the move while being safe; continued gains in accuracy. While it’s just three days, every practice he gets in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense is a building block.
Kickers: Travis Coons just joined the team after his college schedule prevented him from being part of nine of 10 organized team activities. He and Maikon Bonani are going to battle to replace Rob Bironas. Whisenhunt said they won’t necessarily have many practice periods where both guys kick in a head-to-head fashion. It will be a cumulative competition, and preseason games will be a big factor. But the team will get its first real look at the two of them as competitors.