Tennessee Titans' Brady Breeze kicked out of practice for high hit on WR Dez Fitzpatrick
Near the end of the final team period, the sixth-round pick was sent to the locker room for a high hit on wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick during a mid-air collision in the end zone. Fitzpatrick appeared to be fine after the play.
Titans coach Vrabel was upset that Breeze didn't play the ball on the hit. He hopes the rookie will learn from the experience.
"I mean, it was the last play," Vrabel explained. "Guys are competing. That's always the hard thing, is that we try to get them to play full tilt to the tackle, great effort, great finish, all that stuff. Compete. We just have to be smarter than that. The ball is in the air. The receiver is up in the air. Not playing the ball, just put his shoulder into the guy.
"Brady is a young player," Vrabel continued. "Hopefully, he can learn from it and we can learn from not getting anybody injured and we can move on."
In criticizing Breeze's hit, Vrabel also referenced the scary situation with the Panthers on Tuesday. Carolina waived rookie cornerback J.T. Ibe for a shoulder-to-neck blow on wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, who was sent to the hospital.
"We saw the unfortunate situation yesterday in Carolina," Vrabel said. "And I get it to a certain degree. I do. ... This is their livelihood, man. These guys are trying to make this team. They're trying to find a role for themselves and stand out. It's just very important and very critical that in a part of that, we learn how to practice. We have to come out here, we have to practice against each other, compete. Stay up. Stay away from the quarterback. We're not cutting anybody. We're not taking any cheap shots or anything."
Breeze was selected by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2021 draft at No. 215 overall. He's competing for a spot on the safety depth chart and on special teams, where he excelled at the University of Oregon.