Will Levis at Titans 2023 training camp. Photo: Courtesy of Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans had their first practice in full pads on Monday (July 31) and there was a lot to see from rookies, newcomers and team veterans. One thing that stood out was how impressive Will Levis looked in his first ever NFL training camp.
It’s only the first week camp and we are still over a month away from Week 1 but there are plenty of positives and questions to discuss like Levis’ success, Peter Skoronski‘s position and how DeAndre Hopkins looks with Ryan Tannehill.
1) Will Levis has high potential, but let’s not jump the gun.
A lot of questions came into this training camp surrounding Levis and Malik Willis, including whether or not Levis could be the Week 1 starter. Tannehill is obviously the team’s starter no matter how good Levis is in training camp, but his potential in the second team offense cannot be ignored.
On Monday, he had a fantastic day showing off his skills. In one set of reps, Levis threw three-straight touchdown passes in 7-on-7’s and two in full squad reps. His passes were bullets to his wide receivers and showed that even with little training camp experience and full pads in the blistering Nashville heat he can perform.
He also worked extremely well with Jonathan Ward and fellow rookie Tyjae Spears.
Levis seemed to have another good practice on Tuesday (Aug. 1), which is a great sign for the future of the team. But nothing can be really said until he gets live reps in a preseason game. Fans will be seeing a lot of Levis and Willis during preseason, which will only make the competition better.
2) Peter Skoronski seems to be set at left guard.
Peter Skoronski at the Titans 2023 training camp. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
Going into this season, it was clear that one of the biggest concerns, if not the biggest, was the offensive line. So with No. 11 overall pick Skoronski joining the team, a lot of eyes are on him. So far, he has only played left guard after some questions arose on whether he’d play guard or tackle.
His reps looked good in the first day of full pads. Obviously, one offensive lineman will not fix the entire situation, but can drastically help the offense after how bad they struggled last season. Skoronski is fast and seems to be grasping the plays pretty well, as many scouts said he’d be an all-pro guard.
Some work still needs to be done as Tannehill did have to scramble a lot in first team reps due to the pocket collapsing, but getting these reps in and continuing to master the play book will help Skoronski grow in his rookie season.
3) DeAndre Hopkins & Ryan Tannehill’s connection still needs work.
DeAndre Hopkins at Titans 2023 training camp. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
It’s no shock that people believe the Titans season will be strongly determined by Hopkins’ performance. That’s why it’s so important that he and Tannehill work hard to make their on-the-field relationship as tight as possible.
Anyone could tell that Hopkins’ talent was notable in training camp. However, there were a few moments where things didn’t go as planned for the duo. In 7-on-7’s, Tannehill overthrew a pass intended for Hopkins that was then intercepted. Even in Head Coach Mike Vrabel‘s press conference, he mentioned Tannehill’s poor pass as something that needs work.
This relationship is arguably the most important one heading into this season, and is probably Vrabel’s and Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly‘s top priority. Heading into next week if things haven’t improved, questions will begin to pop up everywhere. But that doesn’t seem likely as we are still very early into training camp. More reps, more conditioning and more bonding will only help them.