NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A second-year quarterback working with new receivers can reasonably expect bumpy stretches.
"I'm pretty pleased," Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday. "I think Marcus has had a pretty solid camp. I'm pretty pleased with him. I think those guys, there is nothing I can say that’s out of sync right now. I think it's been pretty good."
Said Mariota: "As you continue to go through training camp, you learn more and more about the guy, what he is capable of doing, understanding when he's going to come in and out of his breaks. A lot of that stuff just comes with reps and experience."
Matthews and Sharpe did not come in with as much hype. They are both quiet and business-like. Neither is the sort of clear-cut, No. 1, coverage-dictating threat every team covets.
But in a run-first offense with a budding quarterback, they can both be critical pieces, and they could become a lot better known.
Matthews has some success with the Dolphins, but Sharpe is a giant surprise so far.
"Tajae's route-running is one of the best in the room, if not the best," Matthews said.
It was reasonable to wonder if Sharpe, who is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, might have a harder time once defensive backs were finally allowed to jam him.
That started Monday, but there has been no discernible difference in Sharpe since the pads went on.
"They have different techniques, different ways they like to press and jam guys, but it’s really been no problem," Sharpe said. "Obviously you win some battles you lose some battles, but we’re just looking to compete."