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Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice
September 15, 2017 05:29 PM | Jim Wyatt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Titans just wrapped up practice on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Jaguars in Week 2 in Jacksonville.

Three quick hits from today:

Not Satisfied

Titans rookie Corey Davis went out and made plays in his NFL debut on Sunday.

The talented receiver pulled down an acrobatic 23-yard catch on the team's first drive, and he finished the day with six catches for 69 yards.

When he got back to his phone, he had roughly 20-25 text messages from friends and family members.

"They were proud, really proud," Davis said. "I have a lot of friends who support me no matter what."

It was definitely a nice start for Davis, the fifth overall pick of the draft.

In the team's "Titans era" (1999-present), Davis became only the second rookie to post at least six receptions in a season opener. Tajaé Sharpe was the first with seven catches for 76 yards in Week 1 of 2016. Only Sharpe and Kenny Britt (four receptions for 85 yards on Sept. 10, 2009) had more receiving yards than Davis in a rookie Week 1 debut.

"After everything I went through leading up to the season, I was just waiting for my number to get called," Davis said. "And when I did I knew I needed to make a play. I learned a lot from it."

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie admitted he was surprised with how well Davis played in his first game.

"It surprised me," Robiskie said. "I expected him to make a few more mistakes. I expected him to be a little more gassed after he made a play or two. I expected him to come out and compete and fight, and he wasn't really at full strength. And all of a sudden he came out and played, and he played well."

Now, Davis wants to take things up a notch.

He'll get another chance on Sunday.

"When I watched the tape, I saw a lot of things I need to clean up, a lot of small things, some big," Davis said. "But in this game, the small things matter. If one person is off their landmark, it can mess up the whole play. So I have to clean things up.

"The Jaguars have good corners, that's no secret. But we have to prepare and do what we have to do to handle our business."

Stepping in

With veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien out for several weeks with a hamstring injury, another Titans veteran steps into his position: Da'Norris Searcy.

Searcy, in his seventh season, is ready.

Searcy has played in 92 games during his NFL career, with 50 starts. He started 14 games for the Titans in 2016, and played plenty in the season opener against the Raiders. Searcy had three tackles in the opener.

"I am glad the coaches still trust me, and they haven't lost faith in me," Searcy said. "I just want to go out there and do my job. I can't go out there and do too much, I just have to be ready to do my part."

Because the team has rotated safeties over the past few seasons, chemistry shouldn't be an issue, Searcy said. Second-year player Kevin Byard will work alongside Searcy.

"The rotation through the offseason and training camp gave all of us an opportunity to work with everybody," Searcy said. "It's a long season, and you never know what can happen. Unfortunately we lost a good player in Cyprien, but we have guys who can step up and play."

Injuries

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey returned to the practice field on Friday after missing the previous two days with a sore back. Coach Mike Mularkey called Casey a "full participant."

Safety Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) and cornerback Tye Smith (hand) have been ruled out for Sunday's game.

Cornerback LeShaun Sims (groin) practiced for the third day in a row.



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