Treylon Burks' dropped pass and 3 more Tennessee Titans training camp Day 8 takeaways

Emma Healy
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Titans held their eighth day of training camp Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park

Here's what stood out: 

Right tackle competition heats up

The competition at right tackle is getting closer by the day, with rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere's practice opportunity expanding at the expense of Dillon Radunz's reps. Coach Mike Vrabel confirmed as much after practice.

"Something we try to do is make sure that everybody is having a chance, and Nick and Dillon are competing, and we'll see where that goes through the rest of the preseason," Vrabel said.

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With the Titans' first preseason game approaching on Thursday, Vrabel chose to rotate Radunz's and Petit-Frere's reps in order to create a basis of comparison.  

"To have a competition, you're going to have to put guys into similar situations, so that's where we are as of today," Vrabel said. 

Left tackle Taylor Lewan said Petit-Frere and Radunz are similarly intellectual players, which adds to their competition. Lewan said Petit-Frere has a "Rainman vibe."

"(Petit-Frere) is smart, he keeps to himself, he asks good questions, he knows the playbook pretty well for a rookie, and from a maturity standpoint, he seems much more developed than I was," Lewan said. "But same goes for Dillon."

Ryan Tannehill to Treylon Burks near miss 

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) pulls in a catch during a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

A sideline full of fans let out a collective sigh when quarterback Ryan Tannehill found rookie receiver Treylon Burks wide open in the middle of the field during a team period, but Burks turned a second too late, and the ball fell through his hands. 

The Titans offense had a few more near misses throughout practice, all eliciting audible reactions from the fans. 

Four plays later, backup quarterback Logan Woodside found receiver Josh Malone, but the ball bounced off Malone's chest plate and into the hands of linebacker Jack Gibbens for an interception. 

Rookie quarterback Malik Willis then looked for Reggie Roberson in the back of the end zone to finish out a two-minute drill at the end of practice, but the ball soared over his receiver's head and out of the back of the end zone. 

Kristian Fulton comes up big

Tennessee Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26) responds to questions from the media after a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Cornerback Kristian Fulton broke up a pass intended for his college roommate Racey McMath to prevent a touchdown in a 7-on-7 period. 

"It's definitely a confidence booster, especially when things aren't going your way," Fulton said. "You build off that."

Fulton and McMath played two years together at LSU and reconnected when the Titans selected McMath in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Their relationship includes a healthy amount of trash talking, Fulton said. 

"We've got a good relationship, but we know once we're on the field it's all competition and just trying to make each other better," Fulton said.

Taylor Lewan returns, Kevin Byard still out

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan walks off the field after a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Veteran linebacker Bud Dupree returned to practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. Lewan and center Ben Jones also practiced Friday after missing Thursday. 

Defensive lineman Denico Autry was not on the field for his third straight practice. He was seen on the exercise bike. 

Receiver Robert Woods, safety Kevin Byard and corner Roger McCreary were all spotted doing conditioning on the sideline during the early parts of practice but did not practice with the team. 

Corner Elijah Molden missed his fifth straight practice. 

Emma Healy is a sports reporting intern for The Tennessean. Contact her at ehealy@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @_EmmaHealy_.